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This Week's #PTChat: Engaging Families with Students Affected by Autism

By Joe Mazza

PTChatToday, 1 in 88 children are affected autism. Boys are more at risk with a 1 in 54 ratio. Many of us completed coursework in college where the term "autism" wasn't even on the radar for pre-service teacher training. As a result, in 2012 many school teachers and leaders without specialized training are oftentimes at a loss when it comes to knowing what to do for students affected by autism, as well as how to engage their families. 

This week's Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat) on Twitter will look to shed light on what we can do to meet the needs of these students and their families. Joining us on the chat will be National Autism Association President @WendyFournier. 

WendyAfter several years in the promotional products industry, Wendy founded a home-based web development company that allowed her to have a career in web design and be a full-time Mom.  Her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism in 2002.  Wendy is committed to changing the perspective of autism from what was once considered a mysterious mental illness to a biologically definable and treatable medical disorder. She attends and speaks at conferences throughout the US. Wendy currently serves on the RI State Commission to study the education of children with autism, as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for Autism Research through the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Please join us this Wednesday night at 9EDT/6PST for #PTchat as we look to engage families of students affected by autism from the very first day of school. 

New to Twitterchats? 

After logging on to Twitter, visit Tweetchat (http://www.tweetchat.com) and simply enter "ptchat" in the box at the top. Follow along and participate as you as much as you like to join others around the world in this weekly chat. We look forward to engaging your unique and important parent and/or educator perspectives.  Past #PTchats have been archived here. 


Posted on August 13, 2012 by Joe Mazza

Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) is lead learner at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia. He is also a doctoral learner at the University of Pennsylvania studying social media’s impact on home-school partnerships. Participate in a weekly #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat) that he hosts on Wednesdays at 9 pm. Eastern. He writes a blog aimed to share innovative family engagement ideas for schools called eFACE Today.

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