Looking at Autism Differently


Registration open through 4/29/2022 12:00 PM


This course will provide participants with an overview of Autism Spectrum

Disorders (ASD), helping attendees to understand and use the characteristics of ASD to the student's advantage. The content will focus on a new way of thinking about behaviors associated with ASD, while introducing participants to the interventions and universal supports that increase social and academic engagement and independence for students with ASD.



This event utilizes a hybrid schedule of pre-recorded videos and live virtual meetings. A detailed course outline is provided upon registration.



Continuing Education

SCECH Hours - 6





Dana Brower is a Regional Supervisor of Special Education for Van Buren Intermediate School District. Prior to becoming a supervisor, Dana was a Teacher Consultant for Students with ASD at Van Buren ISD. With 21 years of K-12 teaching experience, she has a wide range of educational experiences with students in various school environments. Dana is an EPLI trainer for the START Project and also a member of the leadership team for SMART (Southwest Michigan Autism Resource Team). In her free time, Dana enjoys reading a great book, spending time with her family and quilting.


Jennifer Korinek, LMSW, SSW

Jennifer (Jen) received her bachelor's degree in behavioral psychology in 2005 and her masters degree in social work in 2010, both from Western Michigan University. In 2011, she completed the necessary requirements to become a trainer for the Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) project, gaining approval to present all START modules and content. Jen currently chairs the VBISD Behavior Committee, which focuses on providing training and technical assistance in the completion of Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Behavior Support Plans, as well as developing resources and supports for other best practices in student behavior. She is a highly experienced trainer in the areas of autism, behavior, data collection, and crisis intervention and enjoys helping local district teams develop creative, individualized materials to promote student success.  

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Intended Audience



Teachers, SSW, Counselors, Paraprofessionals, Building Principals



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About Us



The Van Buren ISD Instructional Services Team is comprised of a unique team of individuals with various expertise working together to provide schools with resources, training and coaching with the whole child in mind. Our team is made up of literacy coaches, MTSS coordinators, and mental health clinicians. Each of us have our own areas of knowledge and training that allow us to collectively assist schools in addressing both learning and social emotional needs for students and staff within and beyond Van Buren County.