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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. Because of room capacity (Children’s Mercy Kansas or Children’s Mercy Broadway) and because a light meal is provided, reservations are REQUIRED. Families are free, a professional’s fee is $20, with the exception of the Toilet Training Made Easy, ($10 for MO; $20 for KS). Scholarships are available for families who qualify. Residency is based on the state in which the child resides. Children DO NOT attend trainings. Contact Mary Anne Hammond at or call 913-696-5711 to register for trainings.

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, June 18, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm

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


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

Melissa Campbell, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
Introduction to Autism; Interventions/Therapies

Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator, Autism
A Family Perspective

RSVP required! Please call (913) 696-5711 or email

A light dinner will be provided. Children DO NOT attend.

Using Imitation to Improve Social Communication in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presenters: Melissa Campbell, Psy.D and Stacia Mitchell, Ed.S, LPC

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:00am-11:00am

Where: Children’s Mercy College Boulevard 5520 College Boulevard, Suite 425 Overland Park, KS 66211


  • Understand the benefit of teaching imitation skills to children with ASD.

  • Identify your child's current level of play.

  • Learn skills for increasing your child's engagement in joint play.

  • Learn skills for teaching object imitation in play.

  • Learn skills for teaching gesture imitation in play.

RSVP required! Call (913) 696-5711 or email

Toilet Training Made Easy

2019 Dates:

  • March 4

  • April 22

  • June 3

  • August 5

  • September 16

  • October 21

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: 5520 College Blvd. Suite 425, Overland Park, KS 66211

 Bo Youngblood, PhD, Licensed Psychologist


  • Parents/caregivers will learn techniques to help facilitate the toilet training process, along with understanding the steps in toilet training children with autism.

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

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

Children DO NOT attend training.

The fee is $20 for Kansas residents and $10 for Missouri residents. Scholarships are available.

Please note, there is a limit of five families per training, so we encourage you to register early for the session you would like to attend.

If you are unable to attend one of our in-person sessions, the toilet training presentation is also available as a video recording.