S.T.A.R. (Support, Training, and Respite)

S.T.A.R. (Support, Training, and Respite)

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716.629.3400
75 Pineview Dr., Suite 200
Amherst, NY 14226

STAR (Support, Training, and Respite)

The Summit Center can provide you with the tools and training you need to best support your family.

The Summit Center’s S.T.A.R. Training, funded by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn new strategies to support you through various stages of your child’s life. All sessions will be conducted virtually by members of The Summit Center’s professional staff with significant background, training, and experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. For those who participate, virtual respite opportunities may be available at a later date.

As an added bonus, respite opportunities may be provided at a later date.

Download our calendar of scheduled training sessions and determine which one is best for you.

  • To register: View flyer for contact information.
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Eligibility

Here's how to determine your eligibility:

  • Must be eligible under the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Scheduled Trainings

Click here to download the flyer to see available training.

Managing Challenging Behaviors     Saturday, July 16, 2022            10 a.m.- Noon
Virtual session
This training will focus on teaching caregivers where challenging behaviors typically come from, what challenging behaviors mean, and some simple strategies that focus on using reinforcement to decrease challenging behaviors and build skills.
Presenter: Johanna Shaflucas, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Clinical Coordinator – Behavior Support

Care Notebooks               Saturday, July 30, 2022                      10  – 11:30 a.m.
Virtual Session
This training will focus on providing ideas to caregivers on different ways to organize important information/paperwork. Caregivers will learn why it is important to have different types of documentation saved and organized for different milestones in a person’s life. The training will cover the types of documentation that is important to save.
Presenter:  Lori Simmons, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

Communication                      Saturday, August 6, 2022                         10 a.m. – Noon
Virtual session
This training will discuss the basics of functional communication, how to encourage communication, promote communication independence, and capitalize on naturalistic teaching opportunities.
Presenter:  Rebecca Meyer, M.S., M.S.W, Behavior Support Technician

Puberty & Sexuality           Saturday, August 13, 2022                            10 a.m.- Noon
In-person session at 165 Creekside Drive, Amherst, NY 14228. Limited respite spots available
This session will focus on  puberty and sexuality topics including planning for puberty, hygiene, menstruation, masturbation, relationships, and privacy.  Discussion will include when to teach these topics and provide examples and resources for  addressing each area with your child.  Training materials will include social stories, picture schedules, task analysis, and video models.  Caregivers will learn how to break down skills and use reinforcement to promote positive change.
Presenter: Johanna Shaflucas, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Clinical Coordinator – Behavior Support

Adaptive Skills               Saturday, September 17, 2022                        10 a.m. – Noon
In-person session at 165 Creekside Drive, Amherst, NY 14228. Limited respite spots available
Many children, regardless of a development disability, can struggle with aspects of Toileting, Sleeping and Feeding. This training will identify the challenges that caregivers typically face and teach simple strategies that focus on using reinforcement to encourage skill building in these areas.
Presenter: Rebecca Meyer, M.S., M.S.W, Behavior Support Technician

Effective Advocacy             Saturday, October 15, 2022                          10 a.m.- Noon
In-person session at 165 Creekside Drive, Amherst, NY 14228. Limited respite spots available
Effective advocacy by caregivers is essential to meeting the unique needs of children with Autism. It is also critical that we support self-advocacy by the individual. Caregivers will learn strategies to develop a framework for creating a collaborative approach, in which the child’s needs can be met.
Presenter: Rebecca Meyer, M.S., M.S.W,  Behavior Support Technician