Events

WNYRCASD Virtual Conference

The WNYRCASD hosts an annual conference with presentations by experts in the field of autism spectrum disorder to provide information about evidence-based interventions and practices that have been shown to improve educational outcomes.


Virtual Conference: The Intersection of Autism Spectrum Disorders & Anxiety

  • March 18, 2022 (8:30 am – 3:15 pm)
  • Sponsored by The Summit Center and the Western New York Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • View the flyer here.

To view recorded conference sessions, register at https://nysrcasd.org/events/963/registrations/new

Conference Handouts:

Keynote Address – Learners with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Who Have Anxiety: Key Considerations and Best Practices

Session 1 – Strategies for managing anxiety disorders in youth with ASD: It’s all about interprofessional collaboration

Session 2 – Building Positive Thinkers: Ways to Reduce Anxiety within Individuals with ASD

Mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression may occur in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The co-occurrence can complicate how professionals and families understand the individual’s behaviors, evaluate interventions, prescribe medications, and provide strategies for supporting them.

This conference will begin with a presentation by Dr. Daniel Mruzek who will describe different types of anxiety disorders that may occur. Drs. Holly Brown and Deborah Napolitano will present their work on how to work with professionals to evaluate the effects of medications. Finally, Dr. David Meichenbaum will present innovative strategies for helping children to think positively.

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

Speaker Disclosure: Dr. Mruzek, Dr. Brown, and Dr. Napolitano will receive a small stipend thanks to a grant provided by NYSRCASD. Dr. Meichenbaum is compensated in part by the NYSRCASD. All speakers have no nonfinancial disclosures.

These courses are made possible by a grant from the NYS Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders (NYSRCASD). Requests for accommodations/special needs may be sent to wnyrcasd@thesummitcenter.org or by calling 716-629-3417. 

Cancellation Policy: All courses are free of charge to attend.  If cancellation is 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 .55 ASHA CEU (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Participants who attend all 3 courses receive 5.5 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs and 6.7 NYS PT Contact Hours for PTs/PTAs. In order to obtain CEUs, participants must log in/out using their unique webinar link and complete a required learning assessment survey and posttest. 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 apotcontinuinged@gmail.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.

The Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) program exists to make a wide array of continuing education (CE) events available to Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) certificants. ACE providers have been authorized by the BACB to provide Learning CE events for BCBA and BCaBA certificants.  6 Learning: ACE event CEUs will be provided.

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.

 

Workshops and Information Sessions

Workshops and information sessions focused on supporting children and young adults with autism.

Promoting Independence Using Activity Schedules: Explore the Possibilities – April 25, 2022

Presented by Chrissy Ray, M.S. Ed. (Approximate Length: 1 hour)

  • This webinar is intended for parents and caregivers of children with autism and/or developmental disabilities. An activity schedule is comprised of visual reminders to help children perform a series of activities or task. The visual reminders can be pictures, photographs, words and objects. Ms. Ray will help participants in this webinar learn how activity schedules can be used at home to promote independence in domestic, self-help, play and leisure skills. This webinar will provide practical guidance that many parents may be able to deploy right away.

Register to view the recording: https://nysrcasd.org/events/982/registrations/new

Webinar Handout download

 

Using Behavioral Skills Training to Teach Social Skills – April 27, 2022

Presented by Mary Bennett, M.S. Ed. (Approximate Length: 40 minutes)

  • This webinar will consist of a presentation by Mary Bennett who will discuss Behavioral Skills Training (BST), which is a well-researched teaching strategy that can be used across a wide variety of contexts. The content of this webinar will focus on using instructional design and data analysis to help your students learn and generalize social skills. Behavioral Skills Training (BST) is used to teach and practice new skills by providing directions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback to individuals or groups of learners. In this webinar, participants will learn the fundamentals of using BST to teach social skills to learners with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Register to view the recording: https://nysrcasd.org/events/990/registrations/new

Webinar Handout download

 

Striving for Independence: Teaching Self-Help Skills to People with Autism – March 30, 2022

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Toomey, PhD (Approximate Length: 30 minutes)

  • This webinar will consist of a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Toomey who will discuss how self-help skills, often delayed in individuals with ASD, are crucial in developing independence. Failure to address may prevent community integration, school functions, recreational activities, and eventually housing and job opportunities. This webinar will help practitioners find ways to choose and develop these skills

Register to view the recording: https://nysrcasd.org/events/980/registrations/new

 

Developing “My Story”: A Strengths Based Approach to Autism – January 28, 2022

Presented by Jen Ventry, TSSLD MSED, and Nick Rockwell, M.S. ED (Approximate Length: 1 hour)

  • Instruction for people with autism is starting to incorporate more feedback from self-advocates. These approaches are generally focused on helping people with autism build on their strengths and interests. The Summit Center would like to share one project that is helping our students understand and share their strengths, interests, and things they’re motivated to learn. This webinar reviews the basics of strengths-based approaches for people with autism, and how to support student development of “My Story” projects that they can share with others utilizing Book Creator.

Register to view the recording: https://nysrcasd.org/events/713/registrations/new