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Autism Clinic Recorded Trainings

Children's Mercy offers several online training modules and educational events for families affected by autism. These recorded presentations are available anytime at no cost to families.

Training modules

Christina Low Kapalu, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Objectives:

  • Highlight the basic principles of ABA.
  • Discuss behavioral targets of ABA.
  • Identify features of a strong ABA program.

View Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.

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, in school and in public.

Dr. Cy Nadler of Children's Mercy Kansas City's Department of Developmental and Behavioral Health shares a variety of strategies based on the basic concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that can help children and families prevent and reduce these daily problems.

View Managing Problem Behaviors in Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Essentially, you are the CEO of your child’s life. And when that includes managing their home and school programs for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it's easy to feel overwhelmed. This training will help in practical ways such as knowing what to records to keep, effective ways to communicate with the professionals involved in your child’s care, as well as give you some tools to navigate the process.

This page also includes resource links to other helpful sites for families managing an autism spectrum disorder in the "Additional resources" section.

Objectives:

  • Families will learn the value of taking charge of their child’s care.
  • Families will come to understand the “rules of the game” in regard to school matters.
  • Families will be given tips for effective communication with people involved in your child’s care.

View Managing Your Child's Home and School Program.

Difficulties around mealtime are common for many children, including those with autism and developmental disabilities. In this video training session, Natalie Haultain, PsyD, discusses behavioral strategies for adding structure to this daily routine, setting limits, and teaching children how to tolerate and participate appropriately. Since this activity occurs every day, there is always an opportunity to practice!

View Eating and Enjoying It by Melissa Campbell, PsyD.

Toilet training is an important developmental milestone for all children, including children with autism spectrum disorder. It can also be a source of stress for both parents and children.

This training video will provide an overview of toilet training strategies often used with children with autism spectrum disorder.

The prerequisite skills needed to toilet train will be outlined and techniques to facilitate toilet training will be reviewed.

If you child is not yet toilet trained for urine, Part 1 is a great place to start. If you child is trained for urine but is not yet bowel trained or overnight urine trained, Part 2 is a good place to start.

Objectives for Part 1:

  • To learn the developmental signs of toilet training readiness.
  • To understand the steps in toilet training.
  • To learn techniques that facilitate the toilet training process.
  • Answer frequently asked questions related to toilet training methods discussed.

View Toilet Training Part 1 by Christina Low Kapalu, Ph.D.

Once a child has been urine trained during the day, the next steps are to achieve overnight urinary continence and bowel training.

This training video will provide a description of these processes and will review techniques commonly used for toilet training children with special needs. Frequently asked questions will also be covered during this training.

Objectives for Part 2:

  • To understand the steps involved in bowel training and overnight urine training.
  • To learn techniques that facilitate bowel training and overnight urine training in children.
  • To answer common questions regarding toileting training.

View Toilet Training Part 2 by Christina Low Kapalu, Ph.D.

Benjamin Black, MD, FAAP
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

Objectives:

  • Sleep basics.
  • What can go wrong.
  • Behavioral and medical interventions.

View Sleep 101 for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Previous events

Speaker: Kerry Prout, PhD

This training addresses the challenges and changes that happen during puberty, the importance of appropriate sex education for individuals with special needs, and how to respond to behavioral concerns related to emerging sexuality for individuals with developmental disabilities spanning various ages and levels of need.

View a recording of the Addressing Puberty and Sexuality in Youth with Developmental Disabilities and ASD presentation.

Speaker: Jo Ann Youngblood, PhD

Objectives:

  • 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.

View a recording of the Managing Problem Behaviors presentation.

Speakers: Dr. Cy Nadler; Dr. Meredith Dreyer; Dr. Brenda Salley; Dr. Zohreh Talebizadeh; Saskia Derritt, CIP

What does it mean to volunteer for a research study? What are the ‘hot topics’ in autism research today? How is the Kansas City community contributing to autism research? This information session will help to expand your understanding of autism research, featuring a panel of several researchers from region.

View a recording of the Caregiver Autism Training Series: Autism Research in Kansas City presentation.

Speaker: Melissa Campbell, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist

Objectives:

  • 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.

View a recording of the Eating and Enjoying It! presentation.

Speaker: Sally Sinn and Jill Wade - Behavior Specialists/Behavioral Health KC

Objectives:

  • Participants will understand what makes a routine successful.
  • Participants will be coached on how to teach life skills (toileting, food preparation, hygiene) within the daily routine.
  • Participants will receive information on clues that point to the need for a change in the routine.

View a recording of the Morning Routines for LIFE! presentation.

Speakers: Cy Nadler, PhD, Child Psychologist; Robin Jordan, BSN, CPN Family Resource Specialist Nurse; Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator, Autism

Objectives:

  • Participants will understand an autism diagnosis and hear information on evidence-based therapies.
  • Participants will learn about connecting with services after an autism diagnosis.
  • Participants will learn a family perspective of living with autism. 

View a recording of the Next Steps After an Autism Diagnosis presentation.

Speaker: Megan Laurent, OTR

Objectives:

  • 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.

View a recording of the Sensory Survival Skills presentation.

Speaker: Mary Anne Hammond, BS, Education Coordinator for Autism

An IEP (Individual Educational Program) is part of the framework of school instruction and activity for many children with ASD. This training will set you up for success in expectations, preparation, communication, and goal setting for that important meeting with the school staff that interacts with your child. Help make this tool its very best!

Objectives:

  • Unpack the value of prepared talking points for the meeting.
  • Identify the goals you have prior to the meeting.
  • Explore opportunities that will encompass life skills.

View a recording of Setting Up for IEP Success.

Speaker: Dr. Jena Randolph, The Thompson Center

Objectives:

  • Provide definition of EF and relationship to ASD.
  • Explain a framework for working through EF challenges.
  • Describe how to support EF needs related to homework & online schooling.

View a recording of the Supporting Executive Functioning in ASD presentation.