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 caregivers 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 Brenda Lara at brenda@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 Zoom. 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 Brenda Lara at brenda@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000.

Introduccion al Autismo
Martes 16 de Octubre del 2018
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Le gustaria aprender mas acerca de los trastornos del espectro autista?

Este taller ofrecera a los cuidadores respuestas basicas acerca de los trastornos del espectro autista (TEA), incluyendo la definicion de TEA y la descripcion de sus caracteristicas y criterios diagnosticos. Un resumen sobre los tratameintos para el TEA, con un enfoque en los tratamientos basados en la evidencia cientifica, tambien sera presentado.


Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
Tuesday October 23, 2018
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be utilized to decease 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.


Addressing Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters
Friday November 9, 2018
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.


Methods to Teach Functional Communication
Tuesday November 13, 2018
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
Tuesday November 20, 2018
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA

Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorder?

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 focus on evidence-based practices, will also be presented


Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities 
Friday December 7, 2018
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.


Decreasing Challenging Behaviors
Tuesday December 11, 2018
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.


Please contact Brenda Lara at brenda@acn-sa.org, or call (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 Brenda to inquire about On-Demand Family Empowerment Classes.