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.

These free, 2 ½ hour parent programs include a 30-minute information session, followed by a two-hour, facilitated open discussion so that you can share ideas and common concerns with other families and caregivers. Sessions are conducted by professional staff with significant background, training, and experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Training topics include topics such as Building Adaptive Skills, Challenging Behaviors, Puberty and Sexuality, Improving Communication Skills, Planning for Adulthood, and much more. As an added bonus, respite is provided for these site-based training sessions so that you can fully focus on the information that is presented.

Scroll down to see our calendar of scheduled training sessions and determine which one is best for you.

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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)
  • No age limits, but priority given to children ages 3 – 10

Scheduled Trainings

Scroll through our calendar to determine if any of these training sessions might be right for you!

LOCATION:     The Summit Center (Creekside site), 165 Creekside Drive, Amherst, NY 14228
TIME:               10 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2020 Challenging Behaviors -THIS SESSION IS FULL
    Trainer: Johanna Shaflucas, BCBA
  • Saturday, May 16, 2020 Puberty and Sexuality (for parents of pre-pubescent children)
    Trainer: Johanna Shaflucas, BCBA
  • Saturday, September 19 Toileting, Sleeping, & Feeding (Adaptive Skills)
    Trainer: Johanna Shaflucas, BCBA
  • Saturday, October 3, 2020 Challenging Behaviors
    Trainer: Johanna Shaflucas, BCBA

You may register for multiple sessions! Enrollment is limited to ten families per session.

On-site respite will be provided for your child with special needs and one sibling (toddlers and older). Please call your child’s Care Manager for eligibility and enrollment information. Upon completion of one 2 ½ hour session, you will be eligible for additional group respite hours which will be provided at The Summit Center on weekends and during school break periods. Times and dates will be announced. Based on trainer recommendation, a limited number of additional in-home trainings may be offered to families.