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In-person 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.

To ensure we have adequate room capacity and refreshments, reservations are REQUIRED. Please contact our team at or call (913) 696-5705 to register for trainings.

These events are free to families, with the exception of the Toilet Training Made Easy workshop ($10 for children who reside in Missouri; $20 for children who reside in Kansas). Scholarships are available for families who qualify.

The fee for professionals is $20 for all training sessions.

Children DO NOT attend trainings.

Toilet Training Made Easy

2020 Dates:

  • February 10, 2020
  • April 27, 2020
  • June 8, 2020
  • August 3, 2020
  • October 19, 2020
  • December 7, 2020

Presenter: Jo 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.

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, February 18, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Children’s Mercy Broadway, 10th Floor, 3101
Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO 64111


Robin Jordan, RN, CPN, Family Resource Specialist
Connecting with Services/ Evidence Based Treatment

Caroline Pittard, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow
Introduction to Autism; Interventions/Therapies

Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator, Autism
A Family Perspective

RSVP required: Children DO NOT attend. A light dinner is provided. Please call (913) 696-5711 or email to reserve your spot.

Dealing with Rigid and Repetitive Behaviors

: Caroline Pittard, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow

When: Monday, March 9, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Children's Mercy Kansas, 5808 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211


  • 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. A light dinner is provided. Please call (913) 696-5711 or email to reserve your spot.