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.

Toilet Training    Tuesday, January 11, 2022    4-5:30 p.m.    Virtual session
This training will address typical challenges caregivers encounter when trying to toilet train their child. Caregivers will learn the basics of intensive toilet training as well as how to recognize ready skills, assess and teach toileting skill deficits. Caregivers will learn strategies to shape positive bathroom behavior, promote independence and have more successful bathroom experiences.
Presenter: Lori Simmons, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

Sleep Solutions    Saturday, January 22, 2022    10 a.m. – Noon
In-person session at 165 Creekside Drive, Amherst, NY 14228. Limited respite spots available.
Many individuals and families struggle with inconsistent sleep patterns and habits. This training will identify common sleep problems, discuss environmental factors that affect sleep, and offer basic behavioral treatment strategies for sleep problems.
Presenter: Mary Chambers, M.S., C.A.S., BCBA, LBA, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

Managing Challenging Behaviors    Saturday, January 29, 2022    10 a.m. – Noon
Virtual session
This training will focus on teaching caregivers where challenging behaviors typically come from, what challenging behaviors mean, as well as 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

Behavior Basics    Tuesday, February 8, 2022    4-5:30 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will focus on basic proactive strategies to help caregivers reduce challenging behaviors that their children may exhibit. Topics will include reinforcement of positive behaviors, simple communication strategies, and other behavioral tips and techniques.
Presenter: Lori Simmons, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

Puberty and Sexuality    Saturday, February 12, 2022    10 a.m. – Noon
Virtual session
Puberty and Sexuality- Trainer will discuss 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 of how to tackle each topic and skill. Training materials will include social stories, picture schedules, task analysis, and video models. Caregivers will learn how to break skills down and use reinforcement to promote positive change.
Presenter: Lori Simmons, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

Behavior Basics    Saturday, March 5, 2022    10 a.m.- Noon
Virtual session
This training will focus on basic proactive strategies to help caregivers reduce challenging behaviors that their children may exhibit. Topics will include reinforcement of positive behaviors, simple communication strategies, and other behavioral tips and techniques.
Presenter: Mary Chambers, M.S., C.A.S., BCBA, LBA Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

Communication    Saturday, May 7, 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: Mary Chambers, M.S., C.A.S., BCBA, LBA Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support