PEPSA Day for Educators

PEPSA Day for Educators


The PEPSA Pre-Conference Day offers educators an opportunity to learn new concepts and creative classroom applications to support students on the autism spectrum. The day will begin with a keynote presentation, followed by in-depth breakout sessions and a poster session by past PEPSA Partners.

Friday, January 12

Registration Opens at 7:00 a.m.


Opening Remarks

Kathryn Tapley, PEPSA Project Coordinator

More info coming soon.

Blue Heron

PEPSA Partner Annual Poster Session

Showcasing the Partnership Program Outcomes for 2016-2017. Visit each of the PEPSA Partners' poster displays to learn about projects completed throughout the state.

PEPSA Keynote Sneak Peek

Jed Baker

Jed Baker

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of nine books, including Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; School Shadow Guidelines; No More Victims; No More Meltdowns; Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome and Social Communication ProblemsPreparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s SyndromeThe Social Skills Picture Book; and The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

Sylvia Diehl

Sylvia Diehl

Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is recently retired from the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Communication Sciences in Tampa, Florida, where she taught courses in autism, pediatric language and augmentative and alternative communication and was the team leader in the language/phonology clinic. She was also a member of the USF Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention team, which offers guidance to Florida Public School Systems regarding children with complex needs. She is the founder of the USF Friends’ Group at USF, which provides social communication intervention along with parent training to children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Diehl has supported children with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over thirty years and has a long history of clinical experience, including public school settings, university settings, and clinical settings. She has been recognized by the Early Childhood Council and received the Florida Speech and Hearing Association Clinical Career Award. She frequently consults for school systems and conducts workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, along with continuous education courses for the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her research and publication interests focus on consistent frameworks to support children with ASD in classroom settings.

PEPSA Day Registration

Price Description


Admission to CARD Conference (Saturday and Sunday) not included.


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The Pre-Conference Day for Educators is offered by the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, through the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA), a project funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through Federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.

We encourage you visit the PEPSA website to learn more about the project and sign up to our mailing list.

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