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

S.T.A.R. (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. program is comprised of three services: S.T.A.R. Skill Building, S.T.A.R. Parent Training, and S.T.A.R. Intensive. Each service is designed to help parents and caregivers support their child by providing training, developing skills, and offering intensive therapeutic services.

S.T.A.R. Skill Building

S.T.A.R. Skill Building provides onsite specialized respite/skill building groups to individuals whose parents or caregivers attend a S.T.A.R.  training session, as well as individuals who are located in a difficult to serve area. These groups are also offered to individuals’ siblings whose families are attending training sessions.

Skill Building is a person-centered program that offers parents and caregivers a needed break and provides individuals with an environment to work on new skills and participate in recreational and leisure activities.

Our staff work with each individual to develop the skills needed to attend traditional waiver respite services. This may include working on coping strategies, making appropriate requests, and accepting no or waiting.

This service is typically offered on Saturdays and Sundays with some added “break days” during Summit Academy school breaks.

Eligibility:

• This program serves individuals with I/DD ages 3 and up

S.T.A.R. Parent/Caregiver Training

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, 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 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.

2024 First Quarter Training Schedule

2024 Second Quarter Training Schedule

Upcoming Trainings:

Chores for People with Different Abilities                         Thursday, February 15, 2024                         6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will focus on providing caregivers with the understanding of generalized methods for teaching children to complete chores, along with the skills necessary to carry them out. It will help caregivers to identify household tasks that are realistic based on their child’s developmental level as well as skills beneficial to independent living.
Presenter: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Behavior Basics                                                                           Saturday, February 17, 2024                            10 a.m. – noon
In-person session at 55 Pineview Dr., Amherst, NY 14228. Limited spots available.
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 various kinds of documentation saved and organized for different milestones in a person’s life. The training will cover the types of documentation that are important to save.
Presenter: Lori Simmons, Supervising Clinician – Behavior Support

Chores for People with Different Abilities                         Thursday, February 29, 2024                         6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will focus on providing caregivers with the understanding of generalized methods for teaching children to complete chores, along with the skills necessary to carry them out. It will help caregivers to identify household tasks that are realistic based on their child’s developmental level as well as skills beneficial to independent living.
Presenter: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Community Social Skills                                                           Thursday, March 7, 2024                            6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will provide caregivers with an overview of generalized methods for the use of prosocial behavior in community spaces as well as assist in identifying strategies that may help their children remain safe and succeed in community settings.
Presenter: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Community Social Skills                                                           Thursday, March 21, 2024                            6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will provide caregivers with an overview of generalized methods for the use of prosocial behavior in community spaces as well as assist in identifying strategies that may help their children remain safe and succeed in community settings.
Presenter: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Emotional Co-regulation                                                         Thursday, April 11, 2024                            6 – 7 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will teach caregivers to identify and implement effective de-escalation strategies for their child. Topics will reflect how self-regulation relates to co-regulation, developing meaningful calming techniques, and teaching your child to request and rely upon these skills when escalated.
Presenter: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Communication                                                                       Saturday, April 13, 2024                            11 a.m. – 12:30 p.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: Kameron Plotner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Managing Challenging Behaviors                                     Thursday, April 18, 2024                            6 – 7 p.m.
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: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Adaptive Skills                                                                        Saturday, April 20, 2024                           12 – 1:30 p.m.
Virtual session
Many children, regardless of a developmental 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: Lori Simmons, Supervising Clinician

Chores for People with Different Abilities                    Thursday, May 9, 2024                            6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will focus on providing caregivers with the understanding of generalized methods for teaching children to complete chores, including the skills necessary to carry them out. It will help caregivers to choose household tasks that are realistic based on their child’s developmental level, create beneficial independent living skills for their children, and are easily built into their family’s routine.
Presenter: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Communication                                                                       Saturday, May 18, 2024                            11 a.m. – 12:30 p.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: Kameron Plotner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Managing Challenging Behaviors                                      Saturday, June 8, 2024                            11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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: Kameron Plotner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

Emotional Co-regulation                                                      Thursday, June 20, 2024                            6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Virtual session
This training will teach caregivers to identify and implement effective de-escalation strategies for their child. Topics will reflect how self-regulation relates to co-regulation, developing meaningful calming techniques, and teaching your child to request and rely upon these skills when escalated.
Presenter: Juli Gunner, M.S., BCBA, Behavior Consultant

S.T.A.R. Intensive

S.T.A.R. Intensive provides intensive therapeutic services to individuals who require a higher staff ratio due to extreme behavior needs and who are unable to be served in traditional waiver respite programs. Individuals are evaluated by a specialized behavior support team and extensive data is collected.

This service offers up to a 3:1 direct support staff ration with the ultimate goal of reducing staff to 1:1 support. Our highly trained and credentialed staff will implement a plan tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure a safe and supportive environment, a behavior consultant and supervisor will be present for some or all of each scheduled session.

Sessions are offered after school, evenings, and weekends in 2 – 4-hour increments based on a family’s needs and availability for a total of 8 hours per month per individual. Services are delivered onsite or in-home determined by family preference/program desired.

Eligibility:

  • Provided to individuals ages 3 years old and up