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 Georgia Autism and Behavior Support Initiative (GABSI)

​The goal of GABSI is to provide FREE regional training to teachers/therapists who work with students with autism, providing them an opportunity to meet with and learn from job-alike peers. Sessions are organized by topic; information each day will cover elementary and secondary, classic and high functioning autism. Participants are welcome to attend one or both days of the Fall and Winter sessions as needed. Much will be learned from highly skilled facilitator presentations, discussions, and shared resources!  Districts are responsible for travel and substitutes, as needed. 

FALL GABSI – 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Day 1: Thursday, October 25, 2018 Book study - Teaching Students with Classic Autism in Natural Settings by Susan Sheridan and Deborah Bahme.

This book will be provided to the first 30 registrants at each location

Day 2:  Friday, October 26, 2018 - Using Technology in the Classroom

Review of Autism Internet Modules and AFIRM modules; Information on free and low-cost apps, websites, assistive technology

WINTER GABSI - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

* Day 3: Thursday, February 7, 2018 Conducting Meaningful Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)

Review of what an FBA is and why it is important to conduct an FBA with fidelity.  Viewing videos and completing FBAs together.

* Day 4: Friday, February 8, 2018 Selecting and Using Function-Based Interventions

Using a function-based intervention matrix after conducting an FBA

* Different agenda at the Albany location.   Click to view Albany Agendas

 2018-2019 Locations for GABSI 

Albany – Sheila Swicegood and Sarah Ruddle
SW Georgia GLRS
915 South McKinley Street
Albany, GA  31705
Phone:   (229) 431-1230
Ellijay – Facilitators: Ruthie Reed-Rule, Suzanne D’Itri, and Kim Dudley
Whitfield County Schools Student Services Center
201 East Tyler Street
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone:  (706) 276-1111
McDonough - Facilitators: Brock Tarno, Rachel McCann, Megan Sayago, Karen Barineau, Shille Ellison
Henry ED Center (Behind Stockbridge Elementary)
109 S. Lee Street
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Perry – Facilitators: Denise Duke, Jennifer Simpson, Larissa Beecher   


Herman Ragin Center
1100 Main Street,
Perry, GA 31069
Houston County BOE Annex
1600 Macon Rd. Suite A
Perry, GA  31069
Phone:   (478) 919-7073
Waycross - Facilitators: Lori Taylor, Amy Peavy, Donna McClain


Ware County Board of Education
1301 Bailey Street
Room 202
Waycross, GA 31501
Phone:  (912) 283-8656