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.

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Children’s Mercy Autism Family Training Series


Managing Problem Behaviors of Young Children with Special Needs

Common problem behaviors associated with Autism and developmental disabilities (including tantrums, noncompliance, aggression, and self-injury) can interfere with day-to-day activities at home, not to mention success in school or in therapy sessions.  A variety of strategies based on the basic concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be shared that can help children and families prevent and reduce these daily problems.


  • Participants will understand and recognize common functions (causes) of problem behavior. 
  • Participants will identify teaching strategies to prevent and reduce problem behavior. 
  • Participants will become aware of how management strategies can be adapted to a variety of settings.


Wednesday, April 4th
6-8 p.m.


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


Dr. Cy Nadler, Licensed Psychologist at Children's Mercy Kansas City


RSVP to Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator, at 913-696-5711 or
Children do not attend. A light dinner will be provided.

Autism Caregiver Conference

When: April 25, 2018
Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

This is an exciting opportunity for families and caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a one-day conference which will take place at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center and will feature experts in the field of autism covering a wide range of interests. The cost is $40 and includes lunch. Email Mary Anne Hammond at if you have questions.

To register and get more information, view the brochure (pdf).

Toilet Training Made Easy

by Bo Youngblood, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Monday, March 12, 2018 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 14, 2018 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 16, 2018 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Monday, September 17, 2018 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Monday, November 26, 2018 5:00-6:30 p.m. 


  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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