Autism Services Family Training Opportunities
Autism Services Family Training Opportunities

Children's Mercy offers in-person educational opportunities for families, health care professionals, and community professionals to share and discuss topics related to autism. Online training modules are also available at no charge on popular topics like behavior management, toilet training, and mealtime struggles.

All in-person educational sessions are limited to approximately 10 families. The fee for professionals is $25; families are free, except for Toilet Training Made Easy ($10 for MO; $20 for KS). Each family may have up to four members participate (please note that children do NOT attend training sessions). Scholarships are available for families who qualify. Residency is based on the state in which the child resides.

Meet the Presenters

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

The Building Blocks of Great Communication

by Aleah Brost, MHS, CCC-SLP

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6-8 p.m.
Children's Mercy Broadway Building
3101 Broadway Street, 10th Floor Conference Room
Kansas City, MO 64111


  1. Understand the different forms of communication a child uses and why they are important. 
  2. Gain a basic understanding of foundational skills needed to build and promote language.
  3. Identify why Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) may help build language even if not previously successful.


If you would like to attend, please call Mary Anne Hammond at (913) 696-5711 or email

A light dinner will be served. Childcare is NOT provided.

Toilet Training Made Easy

by Bo Youngblood, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Monday, January 29, 2018 5:00-6:30pm
Monday, March 12, 2018 5:00-6:30pm
Monday, May 14, 2018 5:00-6:30pm
Monday, July 16, 2018 5:00-6:30pm
Monday, September 17, 2018 5:00-6:30pm
Monday, November 26, 2018 5:00-6:30pm 


  1. Parents/Caregivers will learn techniques in helping facilitate the toilet training process along with understanding the steps in toilet training.
  2. Dr. Youngblood will demonstrate and discuss strategies for patient who have been unsuccessful with traditional training methods.


Please contact Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator for Autism at (913) 696-5711 or email to register and obtain location information.

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.)

Research Studies

Healthy Mealtimes for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children's Mercy is testing a new intervention program for children with ASD between the ages of 4 and 9 years and their families. Children who are eligible are also carrying extra weight. 

For more details, see the study flyer or contact Amy Papa at (816) 234-9230. 


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