Live Events/Webinars

Live Events/Webinars

WNYRCASD Virtual Conference

Annually, the WNYRCASD hosts a conference with presentations by experts in the field of autism spectrum disorders with the goal of giving you information about evidence-based interventions and practices that have been shown to improve educational outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting four virtual sessions.


Virtual Conference 2: Addressing Behavior Problems in the Virtual and In-person Classroom for Students with Autism and Related Disabilities

Register here: https://nysrcasd.org/events/807/registrations/new

Virtual and hybrid learning models present a series of challenges that increase the risk of behavioral difficulties for children with ASD.   This workshop will identify important considerations to understand and address behavior challenges.  During the first hour, strategies will be presented to help reduce maladaptive behaviors and to support the acquisition and demonstration of more appropriate behaviors across home and classroom settings.

During the second hour, participants will be able to understand the factors, specific to the current circumstances, that are contributing to challenging behaviors, list supports and accommodations to minimize challenging behaviors for virtual and ‘hybrid’ learners and identify strategies to increase the development and demonstration of adaptive alternative behaviors across settings.  The last 15 minutes will be used for Q & A.

ASHA, CTLE, OT/OTA, PT/PTA CEUs are available for a fee of $15.00.

Speaker Disclosure: Dr. Meichenbaum receives his salary from The Summit Center and has no nonfinancial disclosures


Virtual Conference 3: I Can Do It Myself! Behavioral Strategies to Increase the Independence of Children with Autism

  • January 27, 2021    1 pm – 3 pm
  • Presented by Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA-D of Alpine Learning

Register at https://nysrcasd.org/events/809/registrations/new

With the advance of behaviorally based programming, children with autism can learn many skills never thought possible.  Children with autism can learn to talk, play with toys, socialize with their peers and become active functional participants in their families and communities.  The goal of any intervention program, however, is to help individuals with autism perform these responses without supervision and direct prompts from adults. The first hour of this presentation will review specific skills that enhance the independent functioning of individuals with autism across a range of curriculum areas and behaviorally-based teaching strategies to achieve independence.

During the second hour, course participants will be able to identify research-based strategies to promote independence, identify procedures to increase motivation to teach independent skills and identify the reasons for addressing curriculum areas related to independence.  The last 15 minutes will be used for Q & A.

ASHA, BCBA, CTLE, OT/OTA, PT/PTA CEUs are available for a fee of $15.00.

Speaker Disclosure:  Bridget Taylor will receive a small stipend thanks to a grant provided by NYSRCASD and has ownership interest in the Alpine Learning Group. Bridget Taylor has no nonfinancial disclosures.


Virtual Conference 4: Learning in Groups: Curriculum Considerations for Children with Autism

  • March 24, 2021  (1 pm – 3 pm)
  • Presented by Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA-D of Alpine Learning

Register at https://nysrcasd.org/events/810/registrations/new

Early intensive intervention programs for children with autism start with instruction presented in a one-to-one format, with an adult and a child.  If learning is progressive however, we must help children with autism eventually acquire new information within group contexts. The first hour of this presentation will review research-based strategies to increase responding within group instructional contexts as well as procedures to increase observational learning of children with autism within these contexts. Video-taped examples will be used to illustrate instructional strategies.

During the second hour of this course,  participants will be discover why learning in a group may be challenging for children with autism, identify the components of observational learning and recognize research-based procedures that could be implemented within a group to increase rate of responding. The last 15 minutes will be used for Q & A.

AHSA, BCBA, CTLE, OT/OTA, PT/PTA  CEUs are available for a fee of $15.00.
Speaker Disclosure: Bridget Taylor will receive a small stipend thanks to a grant provided by NYSRCASD and has ownership interest in the Alpine Learning Group. Bridget Taylor has no nonfinancial disclosures.

 


These courses are made possible by a grant from NYSRCASD.   Requests for accommodations/special needs may be sent to DLabruna@TheSummitCenter.org or by calling 716-629-3425. 

Cancellation Policy: All courses are free of charge to attend.  If cancellation received 24-hours before the start of the conference, the cost of CEUs  will be fully refunded.   There is a separate CEU charge for each conference and each CEU type.

Course Completion Requirements: In order to obtain ASHA CEUs, participants must log in/out using their unique webinar link and complete learning assessment survey. Registrants will receive a certificate of completion, via email when the course has been successfully completed. If participants wish to earn ASHA CEUs, participants are required to complete ASHA CEU Participant Form and submit at the end of the workshop via email. No partial credit will be provided.

Each course is offered for .2 ASHA CEU (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Each course is for 2.0 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs and 2.4 NYS PT Contact Hours for PTs/PTAs intermediate level. In order to obtain CEUs, participants must log in/out using their unique webinar link and complete a required learning assessment survey. Registrants will receive a certificate of completion, via email when the course has been successfully completed.   Associated Physical & Occupational Therapists is recognized by the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions as an approved sponsor of continuing education for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, and Physical Therapist Assistants. Associated Physical & Occupational Therapists, PLLC can be reached at continuinged@apot-wny.com or (716)874-6175.

Each organization/entity uses its own calculation to determine the number of CEUs based on contact hours. As with all continuing education, the attendee should always verify CEU requirements by his/her professional organization and/or state licensure board.

 

Mini-Workshop Wednesdays

A series of six 30-minute mini-workshops focused on educating children with autism virtually. Each workshop will include a 15-minute presentation and a 15-minute question and answer session. These sessions are targeted to teachers, classroom aides, and related-service professionals who work with students with autism.

Mini Workshop 2:  Parent Engagement During Virtual Instruction (Wednesday, December 2  from 2:30 – 3 p.m.)

Register for this webinar here.

Virtual instruction for individuals with autism requires parents and caregivers to become partners in education more so than ever.  Encouraging parent involvement and teaching parents to “be our hands” can be challenging at times.  This webinar will provide tips on how to effectively coach parents to assist their child through their virtual sessions.

  • About the presenters:
    • Amy Armstrong, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Educational Coordinator at Summit Academy, has more than 20 years of experience working with students with autism ages 2-21. During her career, Amy has worked as a teacher (home based and center based self-contained), provided consultation to school districts, and served as part of autism diagnosis team for early intervention. Amy specializes in curriculum development and behavior management of students on the autism spectrum
    • Chrissy Ray, M.S.Ed., Clinical Trainer, joined Summit in 2014 and has taught early childhood in various school settings most recently at Summit Academy’s self-contained preschool. In her current role, Chrissy provides training and clinical support to Summit Academy staff and training in Applied Behavior Analysis to area schools and agencies.
    • Stacey Chambers, M.S.Ed., Coordinator – Early Autism Program, oversees teachers, participates in diagnostic evaluations, and provides family training and parent counseling training to families of students enrolled in Summit’s Early Autism Program.  Stacey also worked as a classroom teacher at Summit Academy for nine years and served as a Clinical Trainer.

Mini Workshop 3: Using Visuals to Drive Student Success During Synchronous Instruction (Wednesday, December 16 from 2:30 – 3 p.m.)

Register for this webinar here.

The 2020 school year has brought about many new obstacles and changes for educators worldwide.  Educational teams are being challenged to adopt new instructional practices that incorporate distance learning.  Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, peer-reviewed research, and live examples, the presenter will introduce numerous visual strategies to incorporate into Virtual Teaching Sessions.

  • About the presenter:
    • Chrissy Ray, M.S.Ed., Clinical Trainer, joined Summit in 2014 and has taught early childhood in various school settings most recently at Summit Academy’s self-contained preschool. In her current role, Chrissy provides training and clinical support to Summit Academy staff and training in Applied Behavior Analysis to area schools and agencies.