This episode includes conversations with a parent of a student on the autism spectrum and two autism experts. Dr. William Therrien from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia discusses specifics about supporting students on the spectrum with reading and writing skills, and Lauren Haskins from the Virginia Institute of Autism offers recommendations for improving student participation in the classroom.
Lauren Haskins is a special education teacher and behavior analyst with the Virginia Institute of Autism. She is responsible for coordinating and delivering staff training, providing clinical support, assisting with clinical research protocols, and conducting parent training programs for the VIA Strengthening Families Initiatives.
Dr. William Therrien
Dr. William Therrien is a professor in the department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. He is the coordinator of the Research in Practice group for the STAR (Supporting Transformative Autism Research) project. He is also the co-editor of Exceptional Children, the flagship research journal of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).