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Virtual training opportunities

During COVID-19, Children’s Mercy is currently offering virtual educational opportunities for families, health care professionals and community professionals in place of our in-person educational trainings. All virtual sessions are free and you must register to attend.

If you are interested in a topic, please reserve a spot by sending an email to Thank you for helping us all keep safe.

Autism Caregiver Conference

The Autism Caregiver Conference will be held virtually on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. The conference will be FREE, but will require registration.

Toilet Training Made Easy

2020 Dates:

  • Aug. 3, 2020
  • Oct. 19, 2020
  • Dec. 7, 2020

Presenter: Jo Ann Youngblood, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Objectives: Parents/Caregivers will learn techniques in helping facilitate the toilet training process along with understanding the steps in toilet training.

Dr. Youngblood will demonstrate and discuss strategies for patients who have been unsuccessful with traditional training methods.

Location: Children's Mercy College Boulevard, 5520 College Boulevard, Suite 425, Overland Park, KS 66211

Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Registration required: Please contact Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator for Autism at (913) 696-5711 or to register.

Fee: $20 for KS residents and $10 for MO residents. Scholarships available. Limit of 5 families per training. Children DO NOT attend.

Back to School after the “Longest Summer Ever!"

 Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.


RSVP required:

Send email to to reserve your spot and get information regarding the link to the training.

So Your Child Has Autism: Now What?

Join us for a virtual training designed to give you an opportunity to learn from Children's Mercy staff as they share information on topics that will benefit you as you begin this journey.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.


  • Robin Jordan, RN, CPN, Family Resource Specialist
    Connecting with Services/Getting Started

  • Darren Olsen, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
    Introduction to Autism/Evidence Based Treatment

  • Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator, Autism
    A Family Perspective

RSVP required:

Send email to to reserve your spot and get information regarding the link to the training.

Sensory Survival Skills: Understanding and Fitting Them into Daily Routines

 Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Megan Laurent, OTR


  • Participants will gain understanding of the sensory systems
  • Participants will identify the sensory qualities of daily routines
  • Participants will learn how to influence sensory input in order to accomplish daily routines.

Registration required:

Managing Problem Behaviors

 Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Jo Ann Youngblood, PhD


  • 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

Registration required:

Eating and Enjoying It!

 Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Melissa Campbell, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist


  • Participants will grow familiar with feeding problems common among children with ASD
  • Participants will understand the potential risks associated with those feeding problems
  • Participants will learn strategies you can use to improve your child’s acceptance of nutritive foods and decrease problem feeding behaviors

Registration required: