Orientations Autism Tennessee’s Autism Orientations are two-hour informational sessions on autism and other pervasive developmental disorders conducted by an autism professional and a parent of a child with autism. An autism professional will discuss evidence-based practices for treating autism and review commonly used terminology. A parent of a child with autism will share their story. This series is generously funded by The Predators Foundation. Who should attend? This orientation is for parents of both newly-diagnosed and previously-diagnosed children, grandparents, educators, psychologists, pediatricians and other medical professionals, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, early interventionists, other service providers, and anyone interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorders. What will I learn? You will learn: Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders; How autism affects behavior; Implications for learning and intervention; Definitions and applications for terms commonly used in discussions concerning autism Examples of evidenced-based interventions and how you can use them or request that they are used in your child’s education or therapy, and A parent’s perspective on intervention and family support services in our community. Is there a cost? No. Both the session and childcare are FREE! How do I sign up? You may register by contacting Autism Tennessee at (615) 385-2077, ext. 1 for reservations and information or register online by clicking here. Reservations are requested. Is childcare available? Yes, free childcare is available with 48 hours advance request. Space is limited; reservations are required. When are they? Orientations are quarterly, on a Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. There 30-minute meet-and-greet beginning at 6:00 pm. 2017 Autism Tennessee Orientations March 9, 2017 July 13, 2017 October 12, 2017 Where are they? Click on each date to find the location and all other information. Register now for an Orientation!