Seven Habits of Highly Effective Autism Intervention Being Presented Feb. 7 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 6, 2008 – “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Autism Intervention” is the topic of a workshop to be given by Jana Rodgers, an experienced speech-language pathologist, Feb. 11 at Southeast Missouri State University. The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The workshop is based on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People®, including the following:

Habit 1 – Be Proactive®Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind®Habit 3 – Put First Things First®Habit 4 – Think Win-Win®Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood®Habit 6 – Synergize®Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw®

Rodgers will present the Seven Habits in a format that allows participants to design interventions that are proactive rather than responsive; focus on results and prioritization of needs; offer solutions for “win-win” situations; pursue the understanding of individuals with Autism, not just their treatments; work as a team; and celebrate successes along the way.

Each “habit” will be discussed in detail so participants can return to their work with people with Autism spectrum and apply these principles. Participants may come prepared with a case study of specific individuals with whom they work (without identifying information) in order to receive input from the presenter and the group.

Rodgers has been practicing for 12 years in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience working with individuals on the Autism spectrum and has presented on Autism at state and national levels.

Cost of the presentation is $40 for Southeast Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) members and $75 for non-members. Pre-registration is available online at http://www4.semo.edu/rpdc.

For more information, call the Southeast RPDC at (573) 651-5161 or (800) 401-6680 or e-mail rpdc@semo.edu.