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

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

Contact

To register for a parent program, please give us a call.

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 new strategies to manage various stages of your child’s life. Sessions are conducted by members of The Summit Center’s professional staff who have 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.

Eligibility:  All sessions are open at no cost to those who are OPWDD eligible. Those with Self Direction must include this in their budget. To maintain eligibility for this program, you must attend a minimum of one session every six months.

To register:  Call Laurlen Parry, Coordinator of Community Services, or Ashlee Bronson, Assistant Director of Community Services, at 716-629-3400. For virtual sessions, a link to the training will be emailed to you after you are registered. Please note that the registration/approval process may take up to five days to complete. Timeframe for approval through Self Direction may vary. Please allow sufficient time for this approval process prior to each session you wish to attend.

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)
  • Those with Self Direction must include this in their budget.
  • To maintain eligibility for this program, you must attend a minimum of one session every six months.

Scheduled Trainings

Click here to download the flyer to see available training.

Behavior Basics                                             Saturday, January 14, 2023                            10 – 11:30 a.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: Angela Deoki, Behavior Consultant – Behavior Support

Puberty & Sexuality                                      Saturday, January 21, 2023                           10  – 11:30 a.m.
Virtual Session
The 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                                             Monday, January 23, 2023                              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

Managing Challenging Behaviors           Saturday, February 4, 2023                            10 – 11:30 a.m.
Virtual session
This training will focus on teaching caregivers where challenging behaviors typically come from, what challenging behaviors mean, as well as simple strategies that focus on using reinforcement to decrease challenging behaviors and build skills.
Presenter: Angela Deoki, Behavior Consultant – Behavior Support

Communication                                          Saturday, February 11, 2023                            10 – 11:30 a.m.
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: Angela Deoki, Behavior Consultant – Behavior Support

Care Notebooks                                         Saturday, March 18, 2023                                  10 – 11:30 a.m.
In-person session at 75 Pineview Drive, Suite 200, Amherst, NY 14228. Limited respite spots available.
This training will focus on providing caregivers with ideas for organizing important information and paperwork. Caregivers will learn why it is important to have certain documentation saved and organized for different milestones in a person’s life. The training will cover types of documentation that is important to save.
Presenter: Angela Deoki, Behavior Consultant – Behavior Support