Family Empowerment Classes

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

Who can attend? Family Empowerment Classes are especially designed for family members of children of all ages with autism including 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 FREE

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 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 given on another day that fits their schedule. Click here for a list of topics. To request an On-Demand Family Empowerment Class, please contact Vanessa at vanessa@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 taking place or that there is room.

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 videoconference. One day prior to the training, you will receive an email with the link for the videoconference. 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 Vanessa Chilton at vanessa@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000. 

 

 

Introduction to Autism

Saturday, January 14

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter:  Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services

Wednesday, January 18

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter:  Brighton Center

 

Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities

Wednesday, January 25

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Brighton Center: Educational Series “Autism Supplement”

Wednesday, February 8

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Brighton Center

 

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors

Wednesday, February 15

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Visual Supports Part I

Wednesday, February 22

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Understanding and Using a Sensory Diet

Saturday, February 25

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Visual Supports Part II

Wednesday, March 1

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Would you like to make visual supports to help your child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? This class will focus on teaching caregivers to create visual supports that can be used to support children with autism in home, school, and other community settings. Come prepared with ideas of visuals you need because you will have the opportunity to make them at the class and take them home to use.

*Prerequisite: Part 1

Presenter:  Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

Saturday, March 4

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Addressing Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

Wednesday, March 8

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Introduction to Joint Attention

Wednesday, March 29

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Strategies to Help Children Handle Sensory Input

Wednesday, April 12

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Methods to Teach Functional Communication

Wednesday, April 19

9:00am-12:00pm

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.

Presenter: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Promoting Social Skills in the Home and Community

Wednesday, April 26

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Carrie Alvarado, OTR

 

Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment

Wednesday, May 3

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Cindy Reidinger, MS, BCBA

 

Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities

Saturday, May 6

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Toilet Training

Wednesday, May 10

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Cindy Reidinger, MS, BCBA

 

Introducción al Autismo

Wednesday, May 31

9:00 am-12:00 pm

¿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.

Presenter: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Safety and Wandering

Wednesday, June 7

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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 seatbelt off while you are driving, come learn strategies to decrease these and other unsafe behaviors.

Presenter: Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

 

Understanding and Using a Sensory Diet

Wednesday, June 21

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors

Saturday, June 24

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Teaching Your Child To Request

Wednesday, June 28

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter:  Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Teaching Your Child To Request

Wednesday, July 12

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter:  Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services

Saturday, July 15

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter:  Brighton Center

 

Addressing Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

Wednesday, July 19

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Brighton  Center: Educational Series "Autism Supplement"

Saturday, July 22

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Brighton Center

 

Introduction To Autism

Wednesday, July 26

9:00 am-12:00 pm

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.

Presenter:  Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

 

Please contact Vanessa at Vanessa@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 Vanessa and ask about On-Demand Family Empowerment Classes.