Our Experts Give Back

The faculty at Trident Academy are committed to helping Charleston area students thrive. They regularly share their expertise with parents and other educators. In just the past two months, they’ve made five presentations to various groups in the region.

Four teachers in The School for Asperger’s/HFA at Trident Academy offered workshops on different topics at the Lowcountry Autism Consortium Forum that was attended by hundreds of parents and educators. The presenters were Nicole McLain, Eric Fossdal, Lauren Bolen, and Courtney Thames.

“I spoke about ways teachers can implement ABA in any class by understanding functions of behavior as well as introducing appropriate reinforcement techniques that coincide with each child’s individual needs,” explains Mrs. Thames, a BCBA. “The Forum was an incredible opportunity for families. It is a ‘one stop shop’ for those in attendance to have questions answered and to be refueled with ideas for when they leave.”

Mrs. Thames also held a free ABA training for parents in the region, as part of Trident Academy’s Parent Training series. Learn more about the most recent event. The first Parent Training of the academic year focused on the Math-U-See program and ways that parents can help their children at home. Read more.

Janet Jones, director of Orton-Gillingham Instruction in The School for Language-Based Learning Differences at Trident Academy, has also been active in the community. She led a training session for the Be A Mentor organization to give volunteers an introduction to dyslexia and an overview of warning signs.

Ms. Jones and Nicole McLain, program director, also presented at the 2014 Bringing Schools Together Conference, hosted by Life Management.

“Family and student development are always a priority at Trident Academy,” Mrs. Thames says. “Next on my agenda are several opportunities to work with College of Charleston staff and students on training in ABA methods as well as offering consulting opportunities for families who feel that they may need feedback or individualized training in their home.”

Interested groups can schedule an information or training session by contacting Niki Leiva.

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