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.

 

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Introduction to Autism Interventions

Wednesday 24, 2019
9:00-10:30am
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.

 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services

Friday May 3, 2019
9:00-11:00am

This program will instruct caregivers on: a) Special Education Laws for children with a diagnosis of Autism; 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.

 

Addressing Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters

Wednesday May 8, 2019
9:00-10:30am
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.

 

Increasing Desired Behaviors with Reinforcement

Wednesday May 15, 2019
6:00-7:30pm
Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

 

Introduction to Autism

Wednesday May 22, 2019
9:00-10:30am
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.

 

Joint Attention: An Essential Milestone for Building

Wednesday June 12, 2019

 9:00am to 10:30am

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

 

DIR/Floortime and PACT: Engaging with Autism

Wednesday June 12, 2019

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Carrie Alvarado, Ph. D., OTR

 

Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities

Wednesday June 19, 2019

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Introduction to Autism: Facts, Intervention and Resources

Wednesday June 26, 2019

9:00am to 10:30am

Toni Wilson, CCP-SLP

 

Introduccion al Autismo

Miercoles 26 de Junio del 2019

11:00am a 12:30pm

Toni Wilson, CCC-SLP

 

Getting my Child to Interact and Communicate

Wednesday July 10, 2019

9:00am to 10:30am

Toni Wilson, CCP-SLP

 

Toilet Training

Wednesday July 17, 2019

6:00pm to 7:30pm

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

 

Introduction to Autism: Facts, Intervention and Resources

Wednesday July 24, 2019

9:00am to 10:30am

Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors

Wednesday July 31, 2019

 9:00am to 10:30am

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

 

Sensory Processing: Understanding How my Child Experiences the World

Wednesday August 14, 2019

9:00am to 10:30am

Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

 

The Power of Play: Using Play to Build Social-Emotional Skills, Problem Solving and Flexibility

Wednesday August 21, 2019

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Carrie Alvarado, Ph. D., OTR

 

Introduction to Autism: Facts, Intervention and Resources

Wednesday August 28, 2019

9:00am to 10:30am

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

 

 

 

 

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.