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 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

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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 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 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: Staying Connected in a Disconnected World (Wednesday, February 10th from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.)

Presented by Amy L. Jablonski, Psy.D, BCBA-D

The pandemic has resulted in a loss of social interaction for many individuals. This change has caused a spike in the incidence of mental health issues. It is crucial to stay connected to children and teens with autism during this period. This webinar will provide information on the prevalence of mental health issues in students with autism, discuss areas to monitor in your child/student and provide tips for dealing with the disruptions that the pandemic has caused in our lives.

Dr. Amy Jablonski is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed behavioral analyst. Dr. Jablonski has held many clinical and administrative positions during her 20-year tenure at Summit and currently services as the Vice President of Education and Behavioral Health Services. Dr; Jablonski specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of young children with autism and developmental disabilities.

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Mini Workshop: Using Video Modeling (Wednesday, March 10th from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.)

Presented by Nick Rockwell, M.S. Ed.

The use of video modeling to teach important life skills is a very useful tool for teachers and staff who support students on the autism spectrum. Some students with autism can imitate what is viewed on a video with more ease than other teaching tools.  This webinar will present participants tips on creating and using video models to teach skills such as those needed to complete domestic, hygiene and social activities.

Nick Rockwell, M.S. Ed., is an educational coordinator at The Summit Center. He has spent the last nine years teaching adolescent students skills and behaviors for a more successful transition to life as adults.

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