Special Education

Montana Autism Education Project

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 9:35 am

The OPI Montana Autism Education Project (MAEP) provided funding for two workshops this fall in the PECS communication system. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a form of augmentative and alternative communication. It is typically used as an aid in communication for children with autism and other special needs. The MAEP is currently conducting needs surveys to see if there is sufficient interest to schedule a PECS workshop in Eastern Montana and to also offer a statewide advanced workshop in PECS.


Doug Doty, Coordinator of the Montana Autism Education Project presented at the AUTISM:  TEACHING, CARING, LOVING, LEARNING conference in Billings in July. The MAEP further supported the workshop by providing scholarships for 16 teachers to attend the conference and hear Dr. Tony Attwood, an international speaker about Asperger’s syndrome.


Information on upcoming trainings related to autism and Asperger’s syndrome as well as current news and research about autism can be found on the Montana Autism Education Project website at www.opi.mt.gov/autism/maep.

For more information, contact Doug Doty, 444-0907