The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) will offer a variety of free training sessions this fall that are designed to meet the needs of the community. The topics were selected in response to specific requests made at the center or through needs assessment surveys. Designed for both professionals and parents, the sessions will provide valuable information paired with functional techniques and strategies to be applied at home, in educational settings and in the community to enhance the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Certified behavior analysts who attend either the Oct. 20 or Nov. 8 sessions may obtain in-service points and CEU’s (please inquire for details). All events listed will be held at the Treasure Coast campus.
Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to noon – Back to School Bash!
This fun-filled, outdoor picnic offers games and snacks and will begin with an overview of CARD services for the 2006-07 year. Feedback from parents and children is encouraged at this interactive event designed for the Asperger Teen Group (13-19), Asperger Kids Club (7-12), siblings and the Adult Family Support Group. A brown-bag lunch, towel and sunscreen are suggested.
Oct. 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m. & Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Academic and Communication Strategies for Individuals with ASD
Learn strategies to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the areas of reading, writing and arithmetic. Tips to end “homework battles” and strategies to promote communication and social development in individuals with ASD will be discussed and practiced. The techniques covered in this session will help empower the individual with ASD as well as their parents and teachers.
Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to noon – Toilet Training (Tips for Parents and Teachers)
Learn techniques for beginning toilet training and working through accidents. Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions regarding this topic.
To register for these sessions and for more information on the Sibshop, Asperger Teen Group, Asperger Kids Club and Adult Family Support Group, contact Jennifer Agganis, site coordinator for the CARD Treasure Coast campus office, at 772-873-3368.