Including Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities in the Preschool Classroom: Strategies That Work

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2300 Warrenville Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
United States

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

The LEAP Preschool Model has at its core the belief that children with autism can be educated in inclusive classrooms with the appropriate supports and services. This model can be implemented in classrooms using a variety of curricular models including Creative Curriculum, High Scope and others. Learning activities for students are chosen based on the needs, interests and developmental levels of individual children in the classroom. Peer mediated interventions are provided based on the training of comprehensive social skills training for typically developing children so they can facilitate the social and communicative behaviors of the peers with autism and other developmental disabilities with in the classroom routines.  The LEAP model uses a variety of science based approaches, including peer mediated interventions, errorless learning, time delay, incidental teaching, pivotal response training, picture exchange communication systems when appropriate and positive behavior support. Join us for an overview of how peer supports and evidence based strategies can be used to provide rich learning opportunities in the least restrictive environment.

This workshop is being held in collaboration with LADSE.

Learner objectives
  • Begin to be able to describe the LEAP Model program philosophy 
  • Identify the Key Components to the LEAP Program
  • Learn how to apply the Nurturing Social Skills Curriculum in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Analyze Empirical Support for the LEAP Model


Intended audience
Administrator, Early Childhood Special and General Educator, Family Member
Contact hours
Gateways training stage
Training topic area
Curriculum Strategies & Methodologies, Special Needs/Inclusion
Gateways to Opportunity content area
Curriculum or Program Design