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Friday, May 2, 2014 at Salvatore’s Restaurant • 6461 Transit Rd Depew, NY 14043

Morning Session — Social Skills, Sexuality and Relationships: Helping Teens and Young Adults Successfully Navigate and Avoid Pitfalls in the Romantic World

Shana Nichols, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director, ASPIRE Center for Learning & Development

Sexuality and relationship education for teens and young adults with ASD is an essential component of healthy development, personal safety and enhancing quality of life. However, navigating the world of relationships can be particularly challenging for individuals with ASD given the social learning difficulties they experience. Families, educators and professionals need to know how best to teach and support teens and young adults with ASD in achieving healthy sexuality and in learning the skills necessary for pursuing appropriate romantic relationships. In this session, target concepts and strategies for teaching and intervention will be shared. Clinical case examples will highlight the importance of being proactive in educating, and in becoming comfortable with a topic that is often overlooked.

Afternoon Session — Using digital technology with ASD learners: How do we know what works?

Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UMass Medical School & Director of Innovation and Technology, Center on Innovations in Learning

The explosion of applications, hardware, and adaptive devices holds great promise for learners with autism, across intellectual, emotional, and physical domains. Modern technologies can help even our learners with greatest needs learn new skills, provide opportunities for practice, applica- tion, and problem-solving, enjoy socialization opportunities with peers close by or across the globe, help schedule their day, and even find a voice. We now can know in “real time” what’s been learned or still needs to be taught, and can even use sensors and other devices to know when things might need attention. With the world of possibilities provided by a technology assist, how do teachers, parents, any of us know what technologies are evidence-based and helpful for whom, for what, and under what conditions? This session will review technologies that show promise or have demonstrat- ed effects for special needs learners and their teachers, and provide useful rubrics for making technology selection and use decisions.

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3-Hour New York State Autism Workshop

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Critical Considerations for Providing Successful Educational Opportunities 

Directed by David Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Director of Consulting Services

Monday April 28th, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Summit Educational Resources

415 North French Rd. 
East Amherst, NY 14228

Summit Educational Resources has been identified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a Certified Approved Provider of Coursework/Training in the Needs of Students with Autism.

This 3-hour training is offered in response to the increased number of children being identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder and to meet the requirements of Chapter 484 of the Education Laws of 2008 specifying all candidates applying for certification/license as a special education teacher need to complete coursework/training in understanding the needs of children with autism, as do school administrators and special education supervisors.

Emphasis will be placed on critical programmatic, team, instructional, environmental, and behavioral considerations to optimize the successful inclusion and education of students with ASD.

All participants will receive an NYSED-approved authorized Certificate of Completion.

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Summit Parent Workshop Series

FREE Parent Workshop Series

Weekday Evenings from  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  | 150 Stahl Road, Getzville, NY 14068


Tuesday, March 25, 2014: Strategies for Surviving Puberty with Boys: Autism and Sexual Behavior

Presented by Vicki M. Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Quality Improvement and Professional Development, Joe Forgione, Behavior Support Consultant, and Kathy Moyer, Educational Coordinator

The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with specific strategies they can use with their children with autism to teach them about puberty and sexual behavior. Specific topics will include preparing your child for puberty and addressing touching of self, touching of others, discussing inappropriate topics, and removing clothing in inappropriate places.

Register for this workshop: https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-32514/


Thursday, April 3, 2014: Improving Bedtime Routines and Sleep Patterns in Children with Autism

Presented by Michelle A. Hickman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Coordinator of Curriculum and Training

This workshop was developed to assist parents and caregivers living with children with autism who have sleep difficulties. The presentation will provide an overview of common sleep problems and treatment options, as well as an in-depth explanation of specific behavioral strategies shown to be effective. Participants will leave the workshop with practical, evidence-based plans to improve the bedtime behavior and/or sleep patterns of their child.

Register for this workshop: https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-40314/


Thursday, April 24, 2014: Strategies for Addressing Wandering in Autism

Presented by Vicki M. Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Quality Improvement and Professional Development

The purpose of this workshop is to provide caregivers of individuals with autism strategies for preventing wandering or elopement behavior. Specific teaching and other preventative strategies will be provided. Caregivers will leave the workshop with ideas for teaching strategies, preventative resource ideas, and a plan for what to do if their child wanders away from home or a community site.

Register for this workshop: https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-42414/


Tuesday, April 29, 2014: Redefining Consequence: Strategies for Addressing Challenging Behaviors Demonstrated by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by David Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Director of Community Consulting and Clinical Services

This presentation is designed for caregivers who live with a child who demonstrates recurring challenging behaviors. This presentation goes beyond determining what is causing and maintaining challenging behaviors by additionally emphasizing practical evidence-based strategies to decrease maladaptive behaviors, increase adaptive alternative behaviors, and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention plans. Attendees will consider whether their current means of responding to challenging behaviors include the necessary elements to build skills and curtail future problematic behaviors. Specific case examples will be provided.

Register for this workshop: https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-42914/


Tuesday, May 13, 2014: Strategies for Surviving Puberty with Girls: Autism and Sexual Behavior

Presented by Vicki M. Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Quality Improvement and Professional Development, Joe Forgione, Behavior Support Consultant, and Kathy Moyer, Educational Coordinator

The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with specific strategies they can use with their children with autism to teach them about puberty, wearing a bra, menstrual care, and sexual behavior. Specific topics will include preparing your child for puberty, bras, and menstruation, as well as addressing touching of self, touching of others, discussing inappropriate topics, and removing clothing in inappropriate places.

Register for this workshop: https://summited.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-parent-workshop-51314/