Autism Family Training Opportunities
Autism Family Training Opportunities

Children's Mercy offers educational opportunities for families, health care professionals, and community professionals to share and discuss topics related to autism. All training modules are limited to approximately 10 families. Each family may have up to four members participate. Scholarships are available for families who qualify. Residency is based on the state in which the child resides.

Registration Fees

  • Families are free, except for Toilet Training Made Easy  ($10 for MO; $20 for KS) Scholarships available.
  • Professionals - $25

Meet the Presenters

Get to know those who will be leading the family training sessions. 
Presenter Bios »

Toilet Training Made Easy

by Bo Youngblood, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Objectives:

  • Parents and families will learn techniques in helping facilitate the Toilet Training process along with understanding the steps in Toilet Training.
  • Dr. Youngblood will demonstrate strategies for patients who have been unsuccessful with traditional training methods.
  • Parent/caregiver attendance only, please. 

Cost: $20 for Kansas families; $10 for Missouri families.

January 25, 2016; March 28, 2016; May 9, 2016; July 11, 2016; September 26, 2016; November 7, 2016 - all 5:00-6:30pm  - 5200 College Blvd. Ste. 425 Overland Park, KS 66211

So Your Child has Autism: Now What?

Speakers: Robin Jordan, RN, CPN, Family Resource Specialist, Natalie Passanante, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator - Autism

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Children's Mercy Kansas 
Jerry Blouin Room
5808 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 
Children's Mercy Broadway
3101 Broadway Street - 10th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64111

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016  
Children's Mercy Kansas 
Jerry Blouin Room
5808 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211

Topics:

  • Connecting with Services
  • Introduction to Autism/ Interventions/ Evidence Based Treatment
  • A Family Perspective
  • Parent/caregiver attendance only, please - RSVP is required

To register, email mhammond@cmh.edu or call 913-696-5711

Taking Care of Business: Managing Your Child's Home and School Program

Speakers: Robin Jordan, RN, CPN, Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator - Autism (both parents of young adults with ASD)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 
6-8 p.m.
Children's Mercy Broadway
3101 Broadway Street - 10th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64111

Objectives:

  • Families will learn the value of taking charge of their child's care.
  • Families will come to understand the "rules of the game" in regard to school matters.
  • Families will be given tips for effective communication with the people involved in your child's care.

To Register, email mhammond@cmh.edu or call 913-696-5711

Learning to Learn

Speaker: Christina Low Kapalu, PhD

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 
6-8 p.m.
Children's Mercy Kansas Hospital
Jerry Blouin Room - 5808 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211

Objectives:

  • Examine how autism and other developmental disabilities may influence learning readiness
  • Describe and discuss the pre-requisite skills needed for learning
  • Outline the principles of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs) and how they apply to teaching learning to learn skills
  • Discuss ways to apply NDBI strategies in everyday interactions with a child with developmental disabilities

To Register, email mhammond@cmh.edu or call 913-696-5711

Sleeping 101 for Children with ASD

Speaker: Dr. Ben Black, M.D.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 
6-8 p.m.
Children's Mercy Kansas
Jerry Blouin Room - 5808 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211

 Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the behavioral and physiological basics of sleep
  • Participants will learn about common sleep problems affecting children with ASD
  • Participants will learn about behavioral/environmental and medical interventions to improve sleep.

To Register, email mhammond@cmh.edu or call 913-696-5711

Sensory Survival Skills: Understanding and Fitting Them Into Daily Routines

Speaker: Megan Laurent, OTR

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 
6-8 p.m.
Children's Mercy Broadway
3101 Broadway Street - 10th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64111

Objectives:

  • Explain and understand sensory systems
  • Discuss the sensory qualities of daily routines
  • Identify how we can influence sensory input to get through daily routines

To Register, email mhammond@cmh.edu or call 913-696-5711

Making Safety a Priority

Speaker: Mary Anne Hammond, BS

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

6-8 pm

Children's Mercy Kansas

Jerry Blouin Room

ASD & Approaching and Coping with Puberty

Speaker: Hilary Boorstein, PhD

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

6-8 pm

Children's Mercy Kansas

Jerry Blouin Room

Objectives:

  • Participants will have an opportunity to learn about puberty and adolescence, the challenges and the changes
  • Participants will learn why early, repeated and developmentally appropriate sex education is important for individuals with special needs, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Participants will learn about behavioral concerns in regard to emerging sexuality and appropriate interventions for individuals with ASD and varying ages and functioning levels

Dealing With Rigid and Repetitive Behaviors

Speaker: Natalie Passanante, Psy.D.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

6-8pm

 Children's Mercy Broadway
3101 Broadway Street - 10th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64111

The Building Blocks of Great Communication

Speaker: Aleah Brost, MHS, CCC-SLP

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

6-8pm

Children's Mercy Kansas

Jerry Blouin Room

Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the different forms of communication a child uses and why they are important
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the foundational skills needed to build and promote language
  • Participants will identify why PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) may help build language even if it was not successful in the past.

 

Making Autism Part of Their Story

Speaker: Rochelle Harris, PhD

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

6-8pm

    Children's Mercy Broadway
    3101 Broadway Street - 10th Floor
    Kansas City, MO 64111

Professional Training Opportunities

Presentations offered by members of the Section of Developmental & Behavioral Sciences geared towards other professionals (i.e. early childhood educators, school nurses, teachers, Parents as Teachers, parent support groups, school districts, etc.)

Approaching and Coping with Puberty: Guidance for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

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