Community Supports and Vocational Ideas

April 20, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Sean Surfas, Ph.d, BCBA, LEP

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On this episode we'll be discussing community integration supports and how they came about and are put into place. We will be talking first with Amanda Albuerez M.S. Director of Community Integration Services for TOTAL Programs and then in our final segment we will bring back Mark and Eva Woodsmall to discuss the Vineyard project called Sparrow Vineyards they started to bring vocational access to young adults with developmental disabilities in the city of Temecula, Ca.

Solutions and Strategies with Dr Sean: Living the Challenge

Solutions and Strategies with Dr Sean: Living the Challenge

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Our program promotes a solution-based problem solving focus for individuals with disabilities, Parents, family members and professionals living or assisting individuals with exceptional needs. Individuals and families can become stronger together. You’ll feel a validation of the problems, find commonality and universalization with others that have the same challenges and questions and together we’ll find solutions. Topics discussed will include Parenting, School Issues, working with individuals on the Autism spectrum and those with Asperger’s Syndrome. We’ll discuss sibling concerns, challenges in home and school, professional responsibilities to the world of exceptional needs, academic difficulties and solutions for students and we’ll hear from parents, teachers and individuals with exceptional needs, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities. Tune in to Solutions and Strategies with Dr. Sean, Thursdays at 8 AM Pacific on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness.

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Dr. Sean Surfas, Ph.d, BCBA, LEP

Dr. Sean Surfas, Ph.d, BCBA, LEP

After 30 years of being part of the education and human services world, I try and offer an approach that is solution oriented and respectful of the autonomy of individuals. Often individuals in the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis or Psychology are called “consumers” by government agencies meaning that they “consume” resources and exist as a funding liability. We have never felt that this is an acceptable nor respectable description of individuals where it might be acceptable to other professionals.

In 2015 I was awarded Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year by the California Association of School Psychologists. I have had the opportunity to be published in peer reviewed journals for my work with individuals who have autism and/or special education needs. I have been published also to discuss counseling techniques specifically to be used with individuals with autism or communication challenges. I have been asked to sit on several advisory Boards including CASP: The California Association of School Psychologists (as Ethics Chair and Licensed Educational Psychologist State Specialist), Pasadena Unified School District Special Education Task Force, Los Angeles County Office of Education Autism and Developmental Delay Task Forces and have been asked to advise several Special Education Local Planning Areas. Also, I am currently an Adjunct Asst. Professor at the Charter College of Education at California State University Los Angeles.

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