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. 

 

Wednesday November 15

Introduction to Autism

Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorder?

This class will provide caregivers with basic answers about autism spectrum disorder (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

Ask a Therapist: 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 class, participants will learn about toileting readiness signs, data collection, reinforcement techniques, and strategies to help troubleshoot specific toileting issues and sensory challenges. Come learn how to implement a proven toilet training plan with your child.

Presented by: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

***REGISTRATION COMING SOON FOR THE FOLLOWING CLASSES****

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors
Wednesday  January 10
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

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.

 

Ask a Therapist: Decreasing Challenging Behaviors
Wednesday January 24
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
After learning and practicing the basics of handling your child’s challenging behaviors, come ask the therapist specific questions and get individualized feedback. 
** Prerequisite: Decreasing Challenging Behavior class

 

Introduction to Autism
Wednesday January 31
9-12      
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
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.

 

On Demand
Saturday January 20
9-12
 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services
Wednesday February 7
9-12
Brighton Center                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.

 

Improving Communication and Social Skills in Nonverbal children using strategies from Hanen
More Than Words program
Wednesday February 14
9-12
Toni Wilson, CCC-SLP     
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!

 

Brighton Center: Educational Series “Autism Supplement”
Wednesday, February 21
9-12
Brighton Center                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.

Introducción al Autismo
Wednesday, February 28
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
¿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.

 

On Demand
Saturday February 17
9-12
 

Introduction to Autism
Wednesday March 7
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
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.

 

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
Wednesday March 7
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
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.

 

Ask a Therapist: Using ABA to Help Your Child with Autism
Wednesday March 28
12-2pm
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Do you have questions about how ABA can help your child with autism?
Come to our class to ask a BCBA specific questions. This class is an interactive class where all questions related to ABA are welcomed. Topics that will be discussed vary from How do I handle my child's challenging behaviors? to How can I help my child to communicate?

 

Strategies to Help Your Child Cope with Sensory Input
Wednesday April 11
9-12
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT   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.

 

Ask a Therapist: Learn How to Handle Your Child’s Sensory Challenges
Wednesday April 18
9-12
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
After learning and practicing the basics of handling your child’s sensory challenges, come ask the therapist specific questions and get individualized feedback. 

**Prerequisite: Strategies to Help Your Child Cope with Sensory Input

 

On Demand
Saturday April 21
9-12
 

Methods to Teach Functional Communication
Wednesday May 2
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
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.

 

Introduction to Autism
Wednesday May 9
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
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.

 

On Demand
Saturday May 12
9-12
 

Ask a Therapist: Improve How to Teach Functional Communication
Wednesday May 16
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
After learning and practicing different methods to teach functional communication, come ask the therapist specific questions and get individualized feedback. 

**Prerequisite: Methods to Teach Functional Communication

 

Introducción al Autismo
Wednesday June 6
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
¿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.
 

Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities
Wednesday June 13
9-12
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
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.

 

On Demand
Saturday June 23
9-12

 

Ask a Therapist: Improve Independence in Daily Living Skills
Wednesday June 27
9-12
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
After learning and practicing strategies to help increase daily living skills, come ask the therapist specific questions and get individualized feedback.

**Prerequisite: Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities

 

Toilet Training
Wednesday July 11
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA        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.

 

Introduction to Autism
Wednesday July 18
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA        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.

 

Ask a Therapist: Improving Toilet Training
Wednesday July 25
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
After learning specific techniques in toilet training your child, come ask the therapist specific questions and get individualized feedback.

Prerequisite: Toilet Training

 

On Demand
Saturday July 21
9-12
 

Improving Communication and Social Skills in Nonverbal children using strategies from Hanen
 More Than Words program
Wednesday August 1
9-12
Toni Wilson, CCC-SLP     
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!

 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services
Wednesday August 8
9-12
Brighton Center                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.

 

Brighton Center: Educational Series “Autism Supplement”
Wednesday, August 22
9-12
Brighton Center                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.

 

On Demand
Saturday August 11
9-12
 

Addressing  Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters
Wednesday September 5
9-12
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT   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. Cope with sensory input in home, school, and community settings.

 

Ask a Therapist: Improve Eating Habits
Wednesday September 19
9-12
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
After learning and practicing basic strategies to help picky eaters, come ask the therapist specific questions and get individualized feedback.

Prerequisite: Addressing  Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

 

Introduction to Autism
Wednesday September 26
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
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.

 

On Demand
Saturday September 15
9-12
 

Introducción al Autismo
Wednesday,October
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
¿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.

Introduction to Autism
Wednesday,November
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
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.

On Demand
Saturday, November
9-12
 

On Demand
Saturday, December
9-12
 

 

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.