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Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute to host training event for educators

ADMI teaming up with Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit for March 28 program in Milton

CONTACT:  Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c),
March 12, 2014


MILTON, Pa. – Just days before April’s Autism Awareness Month, Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) is teaming up with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) on a free training program for education professionals to develop behavioral strategies and social skills to support students with special needs.

“From the Clinic to the Classroom: An Act 48 Accredited Training for Education Professionals,” will take place on Friday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the CSIU Conference and Learning Center, 90 Lawton Lane, Milton.

The program will feature a presentation by Barbara Haas-Givler, M.Ed., BCBA, a behavior and education specialist at the ADMI. She has more than 30 years’ experience in special education, including working as a classroom teacher, administrator, educational consultant and behavior analyst. Her presentation, “Setting the Stage for Success: Effective Behavioral Strategies for Students with Special Needs,” will include a review of the “ABCs of Behavior,” and provide information to assist staff in the identification and selection of effective behavioral strategies to support students with special needs.

Cora Taylor, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist at the ADMI, will present “Fostering Social Skills Development in Children with Disabilities.” Taylor will provide an overview of current evidence-based practices for supporting social skills development in children with disabilities. The session will also include resources and strategies for implementing social skills supports into the classroom, home and community.

Registration is available at by clicking on the Act 48, Professional Development & Personal Computer Training link located in a box on the left side of the home page. Questions may be directed to, or by calling 570-522-6281.

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About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 20,800 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a 450,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and  Facebook.

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