Free Workshops for Professionals
These free training sessions provided by the WNY Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are intended for education professionals.
For Parent Training opportunities, please browse through our S.T.A.R. (Support, Training, and Respite) training schedules to determine if any of these free workshops or seminars are right for you.
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders and Evidence-Based Treatments
This training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s Disorder and PDD-NOS. Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The training goes beyond the core features of the disorders and covers evidence-based strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs.
Inclusive Programming for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This seminar provides school personnel with practical and evidence-based intervention techniques to maximize the success of students with ASD within public education settings. The training will include how to foster the initial transition of a student into a new educational setting/class, as well as school-based strategies to enhance the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning of students with ASDs. Guidelines to facilitate success within general education inclusion settings will be offered.
Developing and Fostering Social Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders within Public Education Settings
A review of typical school-based practices suggests that school districts may sometimes fall short in facilitating the social development of students with ASDs. This seminar explains the social interaction difficulties children with ASD commonly experience and provides school personnel with evidence-based approaches to enhance the social development of these students.
Redefining Consequence: Strategies for Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
This 2-3 hour seminar is designed for educators and related service providers who work with a child who demonstrates recurring challenging behaviors. This presentation goes beyond determining what is causing challenging behaviors, and examines how many conventional ways of responding to challenging behavior contribute to the persistence of challenges. Practical evidence-based strategies to decrease maladaptive behaviors, increase adaptive alternative behaviors, and evaluate the effective-ness of intervention plans will be offered. Attendees will consider whether their current means of responding to challenging behaviors include the necessary elements to build skills and curtail future problematic behaviors.
Advanced Seminar in the Applications of Behavioral Strategies for Evaluating and Responding to Challenging Behaviors Demonstrated by Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This six-hour workshop (three sessions) is designed for teams of school personnel (minimum of 3 per school per team required) who work with a student with an ASD who exhibits challenging behaviors. Participants will be expected to have an understanding of ASDs, enabling this hands-on workshop to focus on developing strategies within-session that can be applied between sessions to address challenging behaviors. Bi-weekly sessions will allow for application and evaluation of learned material. The focus of each session follows: Session #1: Identifying target behaviors and appropriate data tracking methods Session #2: Interpreting data and generating a behavior intervention plan Session #3: Plan review and future considerations
Building Skills vs. Doing Skills: Considerations for Fostering Independence and Reducing Adult Supports
This 2-3 hour seminar is designed for all classroom/personal care aides, educators, and related services providers who support a child with autism and/or behavioral challenges. Emphasis will be placed on providing assistance (or “aiding”), to emphasize the important role of building skills rather than doing skills. Participants will leave with a framework for fostering independence that includes attending to and tracking prompts, developing and implementing individualized independence plans (IIPs), and establishing means to monitor progress. Attendees will be able to differentiate between accommodating and unaccommodating accommodations. Specific case examples will be provided. Attendees will become aware of the risk or promoting dependence, and differentiate between doing skills vs. building skills, become familiar with instructional, environmental, and behavioral tech-niques that should be used to reduce adult support and facilitate acquisition of skills for children with developmental delays.
Advanced Seminar in the Application of Strategies for Providing Effective Aide Support
This three-hour session is designed for teams of school personnel (minimum of 3 people per school team required) who work with a student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who requires regular aide assistance/prompting throughout the school day. The focus of this series is to learn and apply a framework to foster independence and reduce adult supports. Team attendance is necessary to emphasize the need for collaborative and supportive relationships in order to effectively support “our kids.” Participants will be expected to have an understanding ASDs, enabling this hands-on workshop to focus on developing strategies within-session that can be applied between sessions to address the goal of reducing adult support. Sessions will be scheduled (approximately) every other week, allowing for application and evaluation of learned material. The focus of each session includes: Session #1: Understanding the goal of building skills vs. doing skills and identifying appropriate prompt/aide data tracking methods Session #2: Interpreting prompt/aide data and generating individualized independence plans Session #3: Review success of IIP, barriers, and future considerations This training requires at least 3 members of an educational-team for all sessions. Attendance will be capped at 5 teams to facilitate small-group based activities.
No More Moving Meltdowns: Strategies for Transporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and Related Diagnoses
This two-hour session is designed for bus drivers, teacher aides and transportation administrators. Attendees will learn best practices for transporting students with intellectual disabilities, autism or related diagnosis and how to create a sensory-friendly environment on four wheels.
Free Online Training for Parents and Professionals
Summit’s online training library features FREE trainings for professionals and parents. See below descriptions of the currently available titles. Download the PDF for instructions on accessing the online training center.
Addressing common behavior problems in young children with and without disabilities
Approximate length: 90 minutes
This session is designed for parents and service providers of young children. The causes of common behavior problems will be investigated as well as practical evidence-based strategies to address these behaviors in the home and community. Attendees will learn how to set goals for change and monitor progress towards these goals. Topics to be covered include: noncompliance, sleep problems, lack of independence, tantrums, separation anxiety and toileting issues. Specific case examples will be provided. Participants will be able to identify age appropriate behavioral goals for young children, learn evidence-strategies to reduce common behavior problems in young children, and learn to monitor progress towards goals.
Identification and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders
Approximate length: 1 hour 45 minutes
This session is designed for providers and caregivers with children who demonstrate feeding difficulties or challenging behaviors surrounding mealtimes. This presentation will provide an overview of pediatric feeding disorders and evidence based treatment strategies. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of addressing feeding difficulties. Participants will learn to define a pediatric feeding disorder and identify the major underlying causes, become familiar with the prevalence rates of feeding disorders among various populations, be able to identify long term implications of untreated feeding difficulties, and become familiar with behaviorally-based strategies that have been empirically validated.
Inclusive Programming for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Approximate length: 3 Hours
This training provides practical and evidence-based intervention techniques to maximize the development and success of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) within public education settings. The training includes information on transitioning a student into a new educational setting/class, as well as offers school-based strategies to enhance the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning of students with ASDs. Guidelines to facilitate success with inclusion in general-education settings are also offered.
Redefining consequence for children with disabilities in public school classrooms
Approximate length: 90 Minutes
Overview: This session is designed for educators and related service providers who live/work with a child with a disability who demonstrates recurring challenging behaviors in a public school classroom. This presentation examines how many conventional ways of responding to challenging behavior contribute to its’ persistence. Practical evidence-based strategies to decrease maladaptive behaviors, increase adaptive alternative behaviors, and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention plans will be offered. Attendees will consider whether their current means of responding to challenging behaviors include the necessary elements to build skills and curtail future problematic behaviors. Specific case examples will be provided. Participants will learn to identify the limitation of many conventional school-based behavioral approaches, the practical evidence-based strategies that can reduce problematic behaviors and build adaptive alternative behaviors, and to identify the components needed in developing a comprehensive behavior intervention plan, including means for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of behavior plans.
Together we can fulfill the promise of a more typical life for each and every child, including those of your family, friends and neighbors who live with developmental disabilities like autism.