Parent Trainings and Workshops

At Spectrum Services we believe that parents must be partners in their child’s educational program. For this reason we offer Parent Support and Parent Workshops free for any parent of a child with a developmental disability. Funding is provided through grants from the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

Upcoming Parent Workshops and Trainings

Using Educational Strategies to Teach Functional Skills
Tues. 2/1 from 12:30 to 2:00 remote only session, and from 6:30-8:00 in-person Kingston or remote

Many of the educational strategies used within the school environment can easily be used within the home or community. In this workshop, we will look at teaching functional life skills by making small but important changes based on the way our children learn.  Presented by Denise Hanlon and Leah Siuta.

This workshop will be offering parents and caregivers insights to the sensory principles, which support our students in becoming more alert, organized, and “READY” to learn.  We will discuss developmental sequences for providing a sound sensory foundation from which children can more dynamically engage in their daily routines, whether it be at home, in the community, or at school. We will explore the sensory systems and how “sensory storms” can present in varying ways based on children’s needs. Presented by Sophia Scala MS, OTR/L and Melissa Dagele COTA/L 
Parent’s Discussion Group- Sibling Discussion Group
Wed. 2/21   6:30 – 8:00 Meets in-person at Our Kingston School or Remote

Our parent discussion group offers caregivers the chance to share parenting experiences, educational and management strategies, community resources, upcoming conferences and new research. We can also offer support to one another in an informal and comfortable setting.  Our special sibling discussion group is for the brothers and sisters ages 5-12 and includes various fun activities designed to help children learn many new ways of playing and interacting with their sibling in a fun manner. Facilitated by Leah Siuta.

Groups are free of charge for families of a child with a developmental disability. Parents can participate live via zoom, we ask for cameras to be on.

Recorded Workshops and Meetings

These workshops have been recorded, and are here for you to watch, review, and learn more about your child on the spectrum.

Avoiding Power Struggles
Presented by Michelle Moony

Workshops for Parents and Primary Caregivers

These forums provide information and skill training on pertinent topics related to Autism. The groups are led by professional staff or by guest speakers. Topics may include such things as social skill and play development, intensive behavioral supports, researched based educational practices, therapeutic techniques, communication development, sensory integration strategies, and more. Topics will change based upon the interests and needs of the families. The workshops are generally free of charge to families of children with developmental disabilities, and an RSVP is needed.

Our Experts Train Staff and Parents Via Online Behavior Management Course

For the first six months of remote learning, our Clinical Team had been providing a course of study for our staff via online PowerPoint trainings. Knowing how important this information can be to our parents and families (many of whom are well-versed in ASD theories and best practices), we’re opening these trainings up so parents can continue their education as well.

These trainings are produced by Leah Siuta and Tiffany Francese-Sears, with narration from one of our Clinical Staff embedded in the PowerPoint. We will be providing these using an online version, so you do not have to have PowerPoint installed on your PC or laptop to view them. Click Here for the Behavioral Management Course.

The Parent’s Support/Discussion Group

This group offers an opportunity for parents to discuss issues related to their child’s unique disability facilitated by a clinically trained group leader. Topics are determined through group consensus and may include such things as behavior management, dealing with family stressors, medical and alternative therapeutic interventions, educational strategies, therapeutic interventions, community involvement, social supports, etc. We also discuss community resources, current research and literature.

The Sibling Group

The Sibling Group is offered during the same time as the Parent’s Group (see above), and is offered to the brothers and sisters of children with ASD who are between the ages of 6 and 14. This is an opportunity for the siblings to interact with other siblings who may be experiencing similar feelings and concerns. The group includes various fun activities (games, cooking, discussion, art, etc.) and is designed to help children learn many new ways of playing and interacting with their sibling in a fun and supportive manner.

Unless otherwise noted, groups are free of charge for families of a child with a developmental disability