Professional & Para-Professional Trainings and Workshops
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training
A six-hour, two-day training in the prevention and intervention of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, and discrimination in schools. This training meets the NYS Education training requirement for professionals applying for certificates or licensure, including, but not limited to teaching assistants, classroom teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school administrators or supervisors, and superintendents of schools.
Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This online seminar will provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders and effective treatment practices. A review of diagnostic categories, etiology, and current research will establish the foundation for this course. Key factors that impact individuals within an educational setting will be discussed (e.g. communication, social skills, executive functioning, sensory, and behavioral characteristics) and support strategies and evidence based teaching methodologies will be presented. Participants will be introduced to functional behavior assessments and how they are used to develop positive behavioral support plans.
Workshop: Transitioning Children with Autism Back to School – Designed for Professionals and Parents
How do we help children with autism prepare for these new routines and expectations at school? This workshop has been created to help parents and professionals navigate the difficult transition many children on the spectrum will be facing as they transition back into the school setting during COVID-19 pandemic. Specific strategies will be discussed, including, but not limited to, the use of visual supports, video modeling, social stories, and reinforcement.
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.