Family Empowerment Classes

What are Family Empowerment Classes? Family Empowerment Classes are classroom style classes providing  the educational tools necessary for families to maximize the potential of their child with autism.

Who can attend? Family Empowerment Classes are specifically designed for caretakers and loved ones of children (all ages) living with autism including, but not limited to, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster adoption parents. If you are a professional, paraprofessional, or student interested in our educational opportunities, see our professional training series.

What’s the cost? All Family Empowerment Classes are offered FREE of charge.

What topics do the Classes cover? Family Empowerment Classes are offered on a variety of topics related to caring for a child with autism. Click here for a list of topics.

When are the Classes? Family Empowerment Classes are scheduled on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm (Central Time). Scroll below for upcoming Family Empowerment Classes.

Can I request a Class on a different day? Family members can request to have a Family Empowerment Class hosted on another day which better fits their schedule. Click here for a list of topics. To request an On-Demand Family Empowerment Class, please contact Adriana Sanchez at adriana@acn-sa.org.

Do I need to register? Yes. Register only by clicking the name of the Family Empowerment Class below. Please note that you need to register two days before the Family Empowerment Class. If you haven’t registered, please call ahead to make sure the Family Empowerment Class is still scheduled and/or has not reached capacity.

Where are Classes held? Autism Community Network 4242 Woodcock Dr., Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78228, unless otherwise noted.

Do I have to attend in person? No. Remote live videoconferencing is available for all Family Empowerment Classes using http://www.zoom.us/. When you register, make sure to select that you will be attending via video-conference. One day prior to the training, you will receive an email with the link for the video-conference. To participate using this option, you must have a working webcam and microphone on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. For system requirements click here.

Who can I call if I have questions? If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Sanchez at adriana@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000. 

 

Saturday July 15 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services

This program will instruct caregivers on a) special education laws and b) individualized support and how to understand and access the available resources to help their child’s education. Participants will receive a meal. Childcare is available with advanced notice.

A minimum of 12 participants is required to hold this class.

Presented by: Brighton Center

 

Wednesday, July 19

Addressing  Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

Is your child a picky eater?

Come learn why some children do not eat and learn strategies that can help picky eaters, including children with autism spectrum disorders.

Presented by: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Saturday  July 22

Brighton Center: Educational Series “Autism Supplement”

This program will instruct caregivers on a) special education laws for children with a diagnosis of Autism and b) individualized support and how to understand and access the available resources to help support their child’s education. Participants will receive a meal. Childcare is available with advanced notice.

A minimum of 12 participants is required to hold this class.

Presented by: Brighton Center

 

Wednesday July 26

Introduction to Autism

Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders?

This class will provide caregivers with basic answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including defining ASD and describing its characteristics and diagnosis criteria. A general overview on treatments for ASD, with a focus on evidence-based practices, will also be presented.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday August 2

Strategies to Help Children Handle Sensory Input

Is your child experiencing sensory difficulties? This class will inform caregivers  about various strategies that can be utilized to help children who have sensory challenges,  including children with autism spectrum disorders, cope with sensory input in home, school, and community settings.

Presented by: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Saturday August 5, 2017

ASD and Adolescence

Would you like to learn more about adolescents in ASD?

This workshop will inform caregivers about different stages of adolescence, puberty, and independent living.

Presented by: Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

 

Wednesday August 9

Improving Communication and Social Skills in Nonverbal children using strategies from Hanen More Than Words program

NEW! Is your child nonverbal? This modified caregiver class teaches you strategies from the More Than Words Program to use in your day-to-day life with your child. You’ll discover how to take everyday activities like meal time, story time and bath time and use them to help your child improve his or her communication and social skills. You’ll have fun together while you’re doing it; it’s easy to understand and easy to put into practice at home!

Presented by: Toni Wilson, CCC-SLP

 

Wednesday August 16

Visual Supports

Would you like to learn how visual supports can help your child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? This class will inform caregivers about various visual supports that can be used to support children with autism spectrum disorders in home, school, and other community settings. Come prepared with ideas of visuals you need because you will have the opportunity to make visuals.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday August 23

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be utilized to decrease problem behavior and increase appropriate behavior in any child, including children with autism spectrum disorders. In fact, ABA is considered a best practice treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Caregivers will learn about basics of ABA and therapies based on ABA principles.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday  September 6

Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities

Is it difficult for your child to learn skills that he/she needs to function independently every day?

Come learn about ways to teach your child various daily living skills including personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, and self-feeding.

Presented by: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Saturday September 16

Introduction to Autism

Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders?

This class will provide caregivers with basic answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including defining ASD and describing its characteristics and diagnosis criteria. A general overview on treatments for ASD, with a focus on evidence-based practices, will also be presented.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday September 20

Toilet Training

Are you interested in toilet training your child?

Toilet training a child on the autism spectrum can be challenging for caregivers.  In this workshop, participants will learn about toileting readiness signs, data collection, reinforcement techniques, and strategies to help troubleshoot specific toileting issues and sensory challenges.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

Wednesday October 4

Methods to Teach Functional Communication

Is your child unable to express his/her wants and needs? This class will provide caregivers information about the importance of teaching children a way to communicate. Various methods to teach functional communication will be discussed.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday October 11

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors

Is your child’s behavior sometimes difficult to handle?

This class will provide caregivers information on how to prevent, replace, and respond to challenging behaviors. These strategies will help reduce the likelihood that your child will engage in the challenging behavior in the future.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday October 18

Understanding and Using a Sensory Diet

Has your child’s therapist recommended a sensory diet?  Would you like to know more about this important tool?  This class will provide caregivers with an understanding of what a sensory diet is and how it can be easily implemented into your child’s daily routines.

Presented by: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Wednesday October 25

Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment

Do you want to learn more about Pivotal Response Treatment?

 Pivotal Response Training is an evidence based practice for autism spectrum disorders. Come learn about a therapy that involves a naturalistic approach and focuses on your child’s motivation to teach appropriate skills.

Presented by: Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

 

Wednesday November 1

Introducción al Autismo

¿Le gustaría aprender más acerca de los trastornos del espectro autista? 

Este taller ofrecerá a los cuidadores respuestas básicas acerca de los trastorno del espectro autista (TEA), incluyendo la definición de TEA y la descripción de sus características y criterios diagnósticos.  Un resumen sobre los tratamientos para el TEA, con un enfoque en los tratamientos basados en la evidencia científica, también será presentado.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday November 8

Promoting Social Skills in the Home and Community

Is your child struggling to make friends and/or learn appropriate social skills? This class will provide family members various strategies to support their children who have difficulties with social skills, including children with autism spectrum disorders, learn appropriate social skills.

Presented by: Carrie Alvarado, Ph.D., OTR

 

Saturday November 11

Addressing  Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

Is your child a picky eater?

Come learn why some children do not eat and learn strategies that can help picky eaters, including children with autism spectrum disorders.

Presented by: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Wednesday November15

Introduction to Joint Attention

Is your child struggling to learn to communicate? 

Lack of joint attention may be a reason. Joint attention refers to the ability to coordinate attention with people and objects. Children with autism spectrum disorders tend to have difficulty developing joint attention. Come learn strategies to encourage join attention in the home and community.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday November 29

Introduction to Autism

Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders?

This class will provide caregivers with basic answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including defining ASD and describing its characteristics and diagnosis criteria. A general overview on treatments for ASD, with a focus on evidence-based practices, will also be presented.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday December 6

Strategies to Help Your Child Cope with Sensory Input

Is your child experiencing sensory difficulties? This class will inform caregivers  about various strategies that can be utilized to help children who have sensory challenges, including children with autism spectrum disorders, cope with sensory input in home, school, and community settings.

Presented by: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Saturday December 9

Toilet Training

Are you interested in toilet training your child?

Toilet training a child on the autism spectrum can be challenging for caregivers.  In this workshop, participants will learn about toileting readiness signs, data collection, reinforcement techniques, and strategies to help troubleshoot specific  toileting issues and sensory challenges.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday December 13

Teaching Your Child To Request

Does your child tell you what he/she wants or needs? Requesting refers to the child’s ability to ask for what he/she wants and/or needs. It is an important skill for all children. In this class you will learn how to teach your child through request by increasing opportunities for requesting, motivating your child, and responding in ways that will make it more likely that your child will request in the future.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Wednesday December 20

Safety and Wandering

Are you concerned for your child’s safety? If your child leaves the house without you knowing it, runs from you when you are in a public place, or takes their seat belt off while you are driving, come learn strategies to decrease these and other unsafe behaviors.

Presented by: Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

 

 

Please contact Adriana Sanchez at adriana@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000, if you have further questions, or would like to register offline.  See a class that you would like to attend but that doesn’t fit into your schedule?  Contact Adriana to inquire about On-Demand Family Empowerment Classes.