INTERNATIONAL VISITORS: LTES hosting those touring for autism

COLUMBIA CITY — A local elementary school will host international visitors who are touring the United States studying how best to educate children with autism.Little Turtle Elementary School in Columbia City, along with Creek Side Middle School in Carmel will host the guests for the entire day Wednesday, according to a Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation press release.They guests will interact with the staff of Little Turtle Elementary where they will experience the coaching model in action led by Melissa Dubie from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. The staff is currently working on video-modeling techniques, peer mediation instruction model, visual schedules, and structured work systems.Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong disability characterized by difficulties in communication, social interaction, imaginative play, and presence of restricted interests and activities often observed prior to the age of three. Three guests are from Bangladesh. One is a Principal in an autism program, one is the chairman of the Autism Welfare Foundation, and one is Vice Principal of a local program. Saudi Arabia will be implementing the NPDC model across the country. The local staff that is involved with this visit are: Susan Christman, Director of Special Education; Sue Corbin, Assistant Director of Special Education; Tammy Weimer, Principal of Little Turtle Elementary; Jadean Barnes, Resource Teacher; Kristi Helvie, Functional Life Skills Teacher; Tonda Murphy, 3rdgrade Teacher; Rachel Daily, 1stgrade Teacher; Connie Sewell, Speech and Language Pathologist; and Andrea Hudson, School Counselor.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the Feb. 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.