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.

Guardianship and Creating a Special Needs Plan of Care – Wednesday, April 7th 6:30pm – Click Here
Creating a future that provides for both your own financial needs and those of a dependent with special needs can feel overwhelming. This workshop will discuss four focus areas that should be considered with integrated planning, and a recommended timeline to avoid any disruption in the care of a loved one with special needs.

Parent Seminar: How to be More Sensory Smart for the Task – Wednesday, April 21st 1:30pm – Click Here
Our OT specialists will be offering parents and caregivers insights to the sensory principles, which support our students in becoming more alert, organized, and “READY” to learn. Presented by our OT Department members Laurie Hopkins MS, OTR/L and Melissa Dagele COTA/L

Government Programs and Benefits,: Providing for Lifetime Care and Quality of Life – Wednesday, April 21st 6:30pm – Click Here
Presented by Ernest Selke, Specialcare Planner of Financial Wise: This workshop provides an overview of various government programs that may be available to dependents with special needs. We’ll review Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Medicaid/Medicaid Waivers, and State Specific Programs.

Spectrum Services provides educational 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.

Our Spring and Fall Workshops

These series of workshops, offered twice a year, provide parents and caretakers a more academic look at the multi-faceted issues surrounding autism. This is why these workshops are also offered to professional and paraprofessional educators in the area who wish to better understand their own students with autism. Topics have included current trends in Autism diagnosis and treatment, understanding Applied Behavior Analysis and its use with children on the spectrum, playtime strategies for children with limited language, skills, and interests, and addressing challenging behaviors. The workshops are offered free to parents and caregivers, and a nominal fee is charged for professionals.

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