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 Berenice de la Cruz at Berenice@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000. 

 

Name  Time Course Name Presenter Description  
 

Wednesday, June 21

9-12

Understanding and Using a Sensory Diet

Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

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.

 

Saturday, June 24

9-12

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors

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.

 

Wednesday June 28

9-12

Teaching Your Child To Request

 

Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

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.

 

 

Wednesday

July 12

9-12

Teaching Your Child To Request

 

Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

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.

 

Saturday July 15

9-12

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services

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.

 

Wednesday, July 19

9-12

Addressing  Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

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.

Saturday  July 22

9-12

Brighton Center: Educational Series “Autism Supplement”

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.

Wednesday July 26

9-12

Introduction to Autism

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.

 

 

Date

Time

Course Name

Presenter

Description

Wednesday, August 2

9-12

Strategies to Help Children Handle Sensory Input

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.

Saturday, August 5

9-12

ASD and Adolescence

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

Would you like to learn more about adolescents in ASD?

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

Wednesday, August 9

9-12

Visual Supports Part I

 

Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

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.

Wednesday, August 16

9-12

Visual Supports Part II

 

Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

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

Wednesday, September 6

9-12

Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities

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.

Saturday, September 13

9-12

 

 

 

 

 

           

Introduction to Autism

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.

Wednesday, September 20

9-12

Toilet Training

 

Cindy Reidinger, MS, 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.

Wednesday October 11

9-12

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors

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.

Wednesday October 18

9-12

Understanding and Using a Sensory Diet

Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

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.

Saturday, October 21

 

9-12

Brighton Center: Educational Series “Autism Supplement”

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.

Wednesday, October 25

9-12

Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment

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

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.

Wednesday, November 1

9-12

Addressing  Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

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.

Wednesday, November 8

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 11

9-12

Introducción al Autismo

 

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.

Wednesday, November 15

9-12

Introduction to Joint Attention

Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

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.

Wednesday, November 29

 

Safety and Wandering

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

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.

Wednesday, December 6

9-12

Toilet Training

 

Cindy Reidinger, MS, 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.

Saturday, December 9

9-12

Strategies to Help Your Child Cope with Sensory Input

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.

TBA

 

Teaching Your Child To Request

 

Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

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.

 

Wednesday, December 13

9-12

Introduction to Autism

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.

 

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