Workshops

WORKSHOP 1
Autism Is…? (Also available in Spanish)

Description:
After the Diagnosis: Get Answers, Get Help, Get Going!
This informal workshop offers parents/caregivers/educators of children on the autism spectrum general information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), support, and basic resources and strategies to help/teach autistic children.

Target: This workshop is for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children with ASD.

Duration: 2 hours

Objectives:
To understand autism and how it affects your child/student
To help parents/caregivers/teachers to understand the adjustment process to an autism diagnosis
To learn how to help your child/student
To learn basic strategies and use simple resources to help your child/student

Resources:
Book: Autism Is…? ($10)
Autism Is…? The Magazine (www.autism-is.com)

Handouts:
10 Things a Grandmother of a Child with Autism Would Like You to Know

Make and Take (time permitting):
“Silly Balloon” (Needed: balloons, flour, funnel, Sharpies)


WORKSHOP 2
Danger Is…? (Also available in Spanish)

Description:
Staying Two Steps Ahead: Safety Considerations for Caregivers
This workshop covers general safety considerations for parents, family members, and caregivers of children with autism.

Target: This workshop is beneficial for full- or part-time caregivers regardless of the age of the individual they care for or where the individual is on the spectrum.

Duration: 2 hours

Objectives:
To understand how autism can impact the safety of an individual with autism
To learn how to be proactive in keeping children with ASD safe
To understand how autism can impact the safety of a caregiver of a person with autism
To become more aware of other resources related to community safety for people with ASD

Resources:
Book: Danger Is…? ($10)

Handouts:
Personal Information Record
Mr. Yuk Stickers (depending on supply)

Make and Take (time permitting):
Stop and Go sign (Needed: straws, STOP/GO printouts, glue sticks)

WORKSHOP 3
Feelings Are…? (Also available in Spanish)

Description:
Behavior is communication
This informal workshop covers behaviors that autistic children frequently exhibit, and offers suggestions to parents, caregivers, and educators on how to prevent, manage and/or follow up on different behaviors. It also promotes understanding and compassion for children on the spectrum who often have difficulty expressing their feelings.

Target: This workshop is beneficial for full- or part-time caregivers and educators regardless of the age of the individual they care for or where the individual is on the spectrum.

Duration: 2 hours

Objectives:
To find and understand the reasons for frequently exhibited behaviors
To learn how to prevent, manage, and/or follow up on behaviors
To learn how to teach children to express and manage their feelings
To learn about the ZONES of Regulation

Resources:
Book: Feelings Are…? ($10)

Handouts:
Behavior Tracking Worksheet

Make and Take (time permitting):
Feelings Thermometer (Needed: print outs, laminator and lamination pouches, scissors)

WORKSHOP 4
School Rules Are…? (Also available in Spanish)

Description:
Getting Ready for Inclusion
This workshop covers how parents, caregivers, and educators can prepare themselves and their autistic children for the first or next school year, and how to help children on the spectrum to succeed while at school.

Target: This workshop is beneficial for all parents, caregivers, and educators of school age individuals on the autism spectrum.

Duration: 2 hours

Objectives:
To learn how to communicate a child’s needs to the school staff
To learn how to prepare a child for school
To learn how to prepare and use visual supports in both the home and school setting
To learn how to prepare the inclusion or special day classroom

Resources:
Book: School Rules Are…? ($10)

Handouts:
All about Me—Blank Form
Positive Student Profile—Blank Form

Make and Take (time permitting):
Task Strips (Needed: print outs, laminator, lamination pouches, scissors)


WORKSHOP 5
Manners Are…? (Also available in Spanish)

Description:
Open the Door for Social Skills
This workshop takes a look at pragmatic communication deficits and covers a number of strategies to help autistic children develop appropriate social skills that contribute to their success in society.

Target: This workshop is beneficial for full- or part-time caregivers regardless of the age of the individual they care for or where the individual is on the spectrum.

Duration: 2 hours

Objectives:
To understand why it is hard for some children to learn social skills
To learn to recognize the characteristics of pragmatic communication deficits
To learn about what social skills to work on
To learn about Scripting: Role-Playing for Social Success
To learn about positive reinforcement

Resources:
Book: Manners Are…? ($10)

Handouts:
Manners Chart
Manners Award

WORKSHOP 6 (Coming Soon)
Friends Are…?

Description:
Building Relationships: What Are Fantastic Friends?
This workshop will share strategies to help your autistic child/student progress in fostering friendships. Learning how to foster appropriate friendships can avoid problems as they grow older, prevent bullying, and lead to better relationships with peers with or without autism.

Target: This workshop is for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children with ASD.

Durations: 2 hours

Objectives:
To understand why it is hard for autistic children to make friends
To learn how to handle bullying
To learn how to teach an autistic child to be a friend
To learn how to recognize problems and finding positive solutions
To learn the importance of quality, not quantity, in friendships

Resources:
Book: Friends Are…? ($10)

Handouts:
Fantastic Friendship Rules Checklist/Worksheet

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