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.
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Toilet Training Resources

Educational Presentation: Toilet Training Made Easy

Offered: Monday, September 18, 2017 and Monday, November 6, 2017

Presented By: Dr. Bo Youngblood, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Objective: Parents 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.

To register or for more information, call (913) 696-5711 or email Mary Anne Hammond

Dealing with Rigid and Repetitive Behaviors

Speaker: Natalie Haultain, PsyD
When: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Children's Mercy Broadway 3101 Broadway Street – 10th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64111

  • Understand the range of rigid or repetitive behaviors that are seen among individuals with ASD.
  • Evaluate whether a rigid or repetitive behavior is an appropriate target for intervention.
  • Identify strategies to improve your child’s flexibility.
  • RSVP required. Children do not attend. To register of for more information, call (913) 696-5711 or email:

    So Your Child Has Autism. Now What?

    Join us for an evening designed to give you an opportunity to connect with families on the same journey and for Children’s Mercy staff to share information on topics that will benefit you as you begin this journey. 

    When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Jerry Blouin Conference Room, Children’s Mercy Kansas – 5808 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211                             

    Speakers: Robin Jordan, RN, CPN, Family Resource Specialist, Connecting with Services/ Evidence Based Treatment; Natalie Haultain, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Introduction to Autism; Interventions/Therapies; Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator, Autism, A Family Perspective

    RSVP required. Pizza will be served!

    Please call 913-696-5711 or email

    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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