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

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


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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.

Training topics include topics such as Transition to Adulthood, Behavior Basics, Adaptive Skills, Managing Challenging Behavior, and Sleep Solutions. As an added bonus, virtual 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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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.

Training Topic: Transition to Adulthood (five sessions)
This transition series will cover many components that are part of the process for transition for students who will be graduating with a Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential. An overview of the process will be provided in session one. Session two will focus on some potential options for adulthood. Session three will discuss skills that may be needed for a successful transition to the adult world. Session four focuses on tasks that may need to be completed during the final two years of school. Session five session will outline some supports that might be available if you need to obtain legal guardianship for your child at age 18.
Presenter: Lori Simmons, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

  • You may register for one or for all five sessions. New Dates!
    • Tuesday, July 20 from 4 – 5 p.m. Let’s Talk Transition
    • Tuesday, July 27 from 4 – 5 p.m. – Options for Adulthood
    • Tuesday, August 3 from 4 – 5 p.m. Skills for Transition to Adulthood
    • Tuesday, August 10 from 4 – 5 p. m. Transition in the Final Years of School
    • Tuesday, August 17 from 4 – 5 p.m. Guardianship- Potential Supports

Training Topic: Behavior Basics (one 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, BCBA, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

    • Saturday, September 25,  10 – 11:30 a.m.

Training Topic: Puberty and Sexuality
An overview of puberty and sexuality, potential obstacles, and suggested skills to work on.
Presenters:  Mary Chambers, M.S., C.A.S., BCBA, LBA, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support, and Johanna Shaflucas, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Clinical Coordinator – Behavior Support

Saturday, October 23   10-11:30 a.m.

Training Topic:
This training will discuss the basics of functional communication, how to encourage communication, promote communication independence, and capitalize on naturalistic teaching opportunities.

Tuesday, November 16       4 – 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Johanna Shaflucas, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Clinical Coordinator – Behavior Support