Current Topics
Back to School and Back on Schedule

This presentation will provide simple and easy to implement strategies to assist in getting children back to school after a long summer break. Participants will learn how to set up their environment for success and simple ways to prepare their child for what to expect when the first day of school is upon them.

Date & Time: August 14, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Presenter: Tahra Cessna, BCaBA, Assistant Clinical Director, Positive Behavior Supports Corp

U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 Passcode: 570084

Potty Success, It’s no Accident

Potty Success: “It’s No Accident” will review when to start toilet training, strategies and guidelines for successful toilet training, and tips for common toileting issues. We will also discuss how to establish a toileting routine.

Date & Time: July 10, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Presenter: Kerry Ann Conde, MS, BCBA, Trumpet Behavioral Health

U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 Passcode: 570084

Increasing a Child’s Ability to Remain with an Adult in the Community and Decrease Elopement

Many children wander away from adults while in the community. Children with autism, often less aware of their surroundings and the dangers that exist in the community, are at a greater risk of eloping and its negative consequences. Learn some behavior strategies to increase a child’s ability to remain with an adult in the community.

Date & Time: June 12, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Presenter: Paula M. Santos  Psy.D., BCBA-D

U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 Passcode: 570084

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

All children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have some sort of communication difference. While many children develop verbal skills, some children remain non-verbal for their entire lives. This session will focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies for children with ASD. Participants will learn about the assessments that should be conducted, the research on AAC including how AAC does NOT prevent children from developing language, and the strategies for teaching children with ASD to use AAC. Finally, participants will learn about funding options for AAC.

Date & Time: May 8, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Presenter: Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Applied Behavioral Strategies

Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Passcode: 570084

Addressing Challenging Behaviors

One characteristic of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is the presence of aberrant or stereotypical behaviors. These behaviors, often referred to as “challenging behaviors” (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behaviors, disruption, and hand flapping) cause increased stress for parents/caregivers and teachers and may lead to social isolation for the child. This session will focus on understanding why these challenging behaviors occur as well as how to assess why the behaviors are occurring. Finally, participants will learn how to use positive behavior intervention and supports to address the behaviors and improve the lives of children with ASD and their families.

Date & Time: April 10, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Applied Behavioral Strategies

Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Passcode: 570084

Gaining Compliance

Do you ever dream of a future in which you give your child a simple direction and they immediately follow through with it? A day in which asking your child to complete a chore or simple task does not evoke a tantrum or tears… Every parent dreams of this day. In this seminar learn how to better communicate with your child, increase their compliance, and create a more peaceful household.

Date & Time: March 13, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT

Presenter: Cindy Mccullough, M.A., BCBA Get Social! Therapy– McCullough Behavioral Consultants

Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Passcode: 570084

Shaping New Behaviors

Parents of children with Autism often face common difficulties with their child performing tasks or following directions. This seminar will assist you in learning new strategies so that your child can achieve his or her full potential.

Date & Time: February 13, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT

Presenter: Wendy Zeballos, Ed.D., BCBA-D, Director of Clinical Services

Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Passcode: 570084

Community Inclusion for your Child with Autism

It can be very difficult for parents of children with autism to take their child into the community such as the park, restaurants, grocery shopping, and the movies. In this presentation you will learn strategies that will increase your success with taking your child with autism into the community.

Date & Time: January 9th, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Cori Wickett, M.S., BCBA, LeafWing Center

Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2141 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.245.1683 Passcode: 570084

Past Topics
Toilet Training Your Child with Autism

Toilet training for any parent can be a very difficult process. In this presentation, you will learn schedules and strategies to follow when beginning to toilet train your child with autism. Also, you will receive some pointers for deciding if your child is ready or not for the toilet training process.

Date & Time: October 10, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Cori Wickett, M.S., BCBA, LeafWing Center

Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2294 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

How to Help Your Child with Autism Sleep Better

This presentation will explore the sleeping problems children with autism usually experience and why they may occur. Strategies and guidelines will be offered to help your child get a better night’s sleep. 

Date & Time: September 12, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Jing Zhou, M.S., BCBA - Interventions Unlimited

Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2294 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

Using Technology to Enhance Treatment and Increase Independence

Technology has been used to teach communication, social skills, self-help skills, and community and vocational skills. This presentation will highlight how technology can be used to teach new skills and increase a person’s independence. The presenter will provide information on things to consider before using technology with your child. 

Date & Time: August 8, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Dr. Kaneen Geiger, Ph.D, BCBA-D, Trumpet Behavioral Health

Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2294 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

Managing Challenging Behaviors

Challenging behaviors such as non-compliance, aggression, vocal outbursts, and stereotypical behaviors such as flapping hands and spinning objects can all put stress and strain on the family life of families with children with autism.  This presentation will give strategies to understand why your child is behaving the way he/she is and also strategies for managing these behaviors.

Date & Time: July 11, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Cori Wickett, M.S., BCBA, Leafwing Center

Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2294 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.866.431.53144 Passcode: 592975

Increasing Your Child's Social Interactions with Peers: Practical Approaches for Parents

This presentation will address the social deficits often observed in children with autism. Parents will learn effective, evidence based strategies to help their children overcome these deficits and learn new social skills. Building social initiation skills will be the primary focus of this presentation. 

Date & Time: June 13, 2013, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Melissa Sweitzer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director, Behavioral Support Partnership

Toll/Int'l:1.719.325.2294 US/CAN Toll Free: 1.866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

Simple Strategies for Changing Behavior

An introduction to Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) procedures that help children with Autism transition through changing schedules, be more compliant with parent instructions, and reduce problem behavior. 

Date & Time: May 9, 2013, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Janet Vasquez M.S., BCBA Behavior Analyst & Clinical Director at World Evolve, Inc
Toll/Int'l:1.719.325.2294 US/CAN Toll Free: 1.866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

The Social Web for Caregivers of Autism

The Internet has evolved from static pages of content to a dynamic and customizable web of experiences. This session will discuss the evolving social web and its impact for caregivers of autism, with specific focus on new applications that are helping caregivers to be at their best for those depending on them the most.

Date & Time: April 11, 2013, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Chip Nash, Vice President of Product Partnerships with Audax Health 
Toll/Int'l:1.719.325.2294 US/CAN Toll Free: 1.866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

Assistive Technology: State of the Science

The presentation Assistive Technology: State of the Science will provide an interdisciplinary overview of technology for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The presentation will be done from the perspective of a Speech and Language Pathologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The presenters will cover topics including: Assessment, Assistive Technology (AT), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and technology options for children with ASD.


Date & Time: March 14, 2013, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Michael J Cameron, BCBA-D, Ph.D., Pacific Child and Family 
Toll/Int'l:1.719.325.2294 US/CAN Toll Free: 1.866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

Talking to your Child about Autism: When, How Often, and How

Within this presentation, we will discuss the importance of: (1) talking to a child about autism, (2) emphasizing a child's strengths, and (3) discussing the influence of their diagnosis. Drs. Cameron and Conway will also discuss Theory of Mind instruction to support conversations with a child and general parameters for ongoing support.

Date & Time: February 14, 2013; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Michael J. Cameron, BCBA-D, Ph.D. & Karen Conway, BCBA-D, Ph.D. at Pacific Child and Family

Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2294 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975

Help! My Child is a Picky Eater!!!

Many children with autism spectrum disorders develop food selectivity or what is also called “picky eating.” It is not uncommon for children to restrict their diets to one brand of chicken nuggets, to refuse to eat colored foods, or to consume only pureed foods. This workshop will focus on strategies that have been demonstrated to be successful in helping children with autism learn to eat new foods. Participants will also learn what assessments should be completed before starting feeding therapy. Time will be available for questions and answers immediately following the presentation.

Date & Time: January 10, 2013; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2294 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 592975 

Tips & Tricks for Holiday Success

The focus of this presentation is on empowering families to prepare their children with special needs for the holidays. Preparation and flexibility through the holidays can lead to more fun for the entire family. This presentation will teach you how to make a simple and effective holiday social story for your child. Learn how you and your family can have an enjoyable and less stressful holiday season!

Date & Time: October 11, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Cindy McCullough, BCBA, MA, owner of Get Social! Therapy in Roseville, CA and Sue Samuel, BCaBA
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

Behavioral Parent Training

The presentation will cover an introduction, including history and research related to behavioral parent training. Next the rationale, objectives and applications of parent training will be reviewed. We will highlight the aspect of generalization and the importance of generalization, so that all behavioral skills are maintained over time. Finally, the four steps of assessing behaviors, determining functions of behaviors that then guides the development of interventions, and a list of possible interventions will be discussed with examples to provide clarification.

Date & Time: September 13, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Cara Stearns Entz, MFT, BCBA, President of Inizio Interventions
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

 

 

Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behaviors in the Home

The goal of this presentation is to explain to families why problem behaviors occur, how they are maintained, and ways they can prevent and respond to them. We'll be describing in detail each principle and giving examples.

Date & Time: August 9, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Michael Boardman, MA, BCBA, ABA Supervisor, YAI, New York League for Early Learning and Lifestart Program
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

 

 

How Anxiety Affects the Lives of Individuals with Autism and Treatments that Help

Gain a greater understanding of the patterns of anxiety that impact the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families and caregivers. Learn about therapies, strategies and the role of medication.

Date & Time: July 12, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Charles Cartwright, M.D., Director, YAI Autism Center and Chief, Premier HealthCare Autism Institute

Fostering Friendships Between Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Peers

For young children with autism spectrum disorders, building friendships with peers can be a challenge. Learn how to enhance social interaction, imaginative play and friendships between children on the spectrum and their typically developing peers. We will explore how these friendships can greatly enhance communication and social competence. This presentation will focus on how to encourage and further these bonds, by providing techniques and evidence-based strategies that encourage a play environment of acceptance, empathy and understanding.

Date & Time: June 14th, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Jill Krata, Ph.D. Associate Chief, Premier HealthCare Autism Research and Treatment Institute and Manager of Clinical Services, YAI Autism Center
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

 

 

Community Safety Issues for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Common Concerns and Strategies for Building Independence

Concerns about safety in public settings keep many families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders from enjoying activities in their community. This presentation describes common dangers and strategies for promoting safety so that families can lead more peaceful and fuller lives in their communities.

Date & Time: May 10th, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Linda LeBlanc, BCBA-D, Director of Research and Clinical Services, Trumpet Behavioral Health
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

 

 

Facilitating Independence in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

This presentation will provide you with a greater understanding of independence. We'll discuss the importance of independence as it relates to quality of life, and practical ways that you can encourage greater independence in individuals of different ages and functioning levels across various life skills.

Date & Time: April 12, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Sharyn Kerr, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Director, ACES
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

 

 

Social Skills

Participants will develop an understanding of learning challenges that may impact social interactions with peers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Date & Time: March 8, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Megan Bailey, MSEd, Clinical Interventionist, Southwest Autism Research and Research Center (SARRC)
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

 

 

Moms, Dads, Siblings and Grandparents: Autism Spectrum Disorders & How They Impact the Whole Family

This presentation will focus on the impact a child with autism has on all family members. We'll explore the results of a national survey that has looked at the roles parents, siblings and grandparents play. We'll also address challenging situations that can affect family members physically and emotionally.

Date & Time: February 9, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Connie Andrews, Ph.D. Research Coordinator/Community Scientific Liaison, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266

 

 

Autism and Other Mental Health Conditions

This seminar will cover the most common mental health conditions that are often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We will discuss the process of differentiating between Autism and these other disorders, and how to identify targets for intervention.

Date & Time: January 12, 2012 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Judith Miller, Ph.D. Clinical Training Director at Center for Autism Research in Philadephia, PA
Toll/Int'l: 719.457.2626 US/CAN Toll Free: 866.431.5314 Passcode: 1150266