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Professional Development Webinars 2020-2021

The Thompson Center is proud to offer more than 30 FREE virtual training opportunities to professionals working with individuals with autism through our Train Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM) initiative. Session information as well as registration links can be found below. You may register for multiple topics and most topics are offered more than once for your convenience.

Sessions will be viewed live via the Zoom platform. Sessions will not be recorded. Zoom is an easy to use online meeting space and can be accessed from any computer, smart phone, or tablet using high-speed internet.

If you have questions or require additional assistance, please contact Jaclyn Benigno at benignoj@health.missouri.edu.

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder by Kimberly Selders, M.A.


Audience

Speech Language Pathologists
Early Intervention Professionals
Educators
Residential Staff

Session Description

This session will cover an overview of what autism
is, core characteristics, and common
misconceptions for working with children with autism.

Date & Time

August 26, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 18, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Comprehensive Evaluations of Students with Autism by Kimberly Selders, M.A.


Audience

School Psychologists

Session Description

This session will provide information on
developing comprehensive evaluation plans
to determine eligibility and guide program
development across domains of functioning.
Special considerations for autism assessments
in a variety of evaluation areas are addressed.

Date & Time

September 10, 2020 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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January 19, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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Observing Social Deficits in Applied Settings by Kimberly Selders, M.A.


Audience

School Psychologists

Session Description

Conducting observations is a required component
of autism evaluations and can be used to inform
programming within an IEP. This session provides
attendees methods and tips for obtaining useful
information during observations. Practice using
provided tools will be included.

Date & Time

October 15, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 16, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Adverse Educational Impact Across the Autism Spectrum by Kimberly Selders, M.A.


Audience

School Psychologists

Session Description

IEP teams are regularly faced with determining
special education eligibility and services for
students with autism. This session will address
the variety of ways in which students with autism
can experience adverse educational impact across
the autism spectrum, with particular focus on
conceptualizing adverse educational impact for
students with high functioning autism.

Date & Time

November 19, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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March 23, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Functional Behavior Assessment by Karen O’Connor, PhD, BCBA


Audience

School Psychologists
Educators
Professionals working with behavior

Session Description

This session will provide foundational
information about behavior strategies and how
to develop and implement behavior plans.

Date & Time

December 17, 2020 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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April 6, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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From Functional Behavior Assessment to Behavior Intervention Plan by Karen O’Connor, PhD, BCBA


Audience

School Psychologists
Educators
Professionals working with behavior

Session Description

This session will identify the necessary
components of an effective behavior plan,
strategies to increase appropriate behavior,
and how to monitor the implementation fidelity
of a behavior plan. This session is most applicable
for educators who have a basic knowledge of
behavior strategies and develop/implement
behavior plans.

Date & Time

January 21, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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April 20, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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Supporting Appropriate Behavior by Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Educators
Early Intervention Professionals
Other professionals working with behavior

Session Description

This session will identify the common functions of
problem behavior and describe the 3 “C”s
(Communication, Clear Expectations, & Create
Motivation) of how to address problem behavior.
This session is most applicable for those wanting
to learn the fundamentals of behavior change.

Date & Time

September 15, 2020 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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February 10, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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Behavior Skills Training by Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Educators

Session Description

This session will define and describe BST
(Behavior Skills Training) and how to implement
this evidence-based approach in order to more
effectively provide support to individuals with
autism.

Date & Time

October 13, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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April 29, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Supporting the Effective Use of Paraprofessionals by Jena Randolph, PhD


Audience

Educators
Case Managers
Administrators
Early Intervention Professionals

Session Description

This session will identify strategies for building
effective school-based teams with
paraprofessionals and examine how to take data
and effectively plan for paraprofessional use.

Date & Time

November 17, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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March 18, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Emergent Communication by Brooke Barnes, M.A.


Audience

Speech Language Pathologists
Early Intervention Professionals

Session Description

This session will provide strategies for increasing
communication and engagement for children with
emergent language skills using Evidenced Based
Intervention for improving social-communication,
play, and adaptive skills.

Date & Time

September 16, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 28, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Teaching Play by Jena Randloph, PhD


Audience

Speech Language Pathologists
Early Intervention Professionals

Session Description

This session will highlight the importance of play
development. Strategies to engage students in play
and to expand students’ play schemes will be
discussed. Additionally, strategies to facilitate
emergent engagement with peers will be
presented.

Date & Time

October 14, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 11, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Supporting Basic Social Skills by Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Educators
Speech Language Pathologists
Professionals working with transition

Session Description

This session will focus on strategies to teach and
maintain the use of basic social skills such as,
greetings, reading and showing emotions, sharing
ideas, etc. Strategies discussed are most applicable
to students with the ability for conversational
speech.

Date & Time

November 18, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 9, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Supporting Advanced Social Skills by Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Educators
Speech Language Pathologists
Professionals working with transition

Session Description

This session will identify strategies for teaching
perspective taking, emotional regulation,
maintaining conversations, and self-monitoring to
individuals with autism. Strategies discussed are
most applicable to students with the ability for
conversational speech.

Date & Time

December 9, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 23, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Signs, Symptoms, and Referrals by Jena Randolph, PhD


Audience

Early Intervention Professionals

Session Description

This session will provide information on early
signs of possible autism in young children that can
be considered “red flags” of developmental
concerns. Additional information will be provided
about autism symptoms and methods for
screening and referring children to diagnostic and
support services when there are concerns for
autism. This session contains some overlapping
information with the Overview of Autism session.

Date & Time

September 9, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 14, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Promoting Independence by Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Early Intervention Professionals
Educators
Professionals working with transition

Session Description

This session will identify effective strategies for
teaching independence, common barriers
educators face, and how to support executive
functioning using a strengths based perspective.
Information on how to address independence
in older children and plan for transition will also
be addressed.

Date & Time

September 1, 2020 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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January 20, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST
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Toilet Training by Emma Keicher, BCBA, LBA and Brooke Barnes, M.A.


Audience

Early Intervention Professionals
Educators


Session Description

Toilet training children with disabilities is a
common challenge for educators and caregivers.
This session will highlight strategies and resources
for increasing independence with toileting as well
as how to tackle common toileting issues like
constipation.

Date & Time

October 28, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 25, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Teaching Self-Management by Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Professionals working with transition

Session Description

Self-management is an essential skill to be
successful during the transition to adulthood.
This session will identify strategies to teach
individuals with autism how to use
self-monitoring to support their social and
behavioral goals.

Date & Time

October 27, 2020 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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April 28, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Residential Settings: Promoting Independence by Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Residential Staff



Session Description

This session will identify strategies to support
executive functioning using a strength’s based
approach. How to teach and maintain new skills
in a residential setting will also be discussed.

Date & Time

March 25, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Residential Settings: Enhancing Communication by Jena Randloph, PhD


Audience

Residential Staff



Session Description

This session will identify strategies for increasing
communication and engagement with individuals
with autism living in residential settings.


Date & Time

April 22, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Residential Settings: Supporting Appropriate Behavior by Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Residential Staff



Session Description

This session will identify the common functions
of problem behavior and describe the 3 “C”s
(Communication, Clear Expectations, and Create
Motivation) of how to address problem behavior
in a residential setting.


Date & Time

May 20, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Supporting Students with Autism on the School Bus by Kimberly Selders, M.A.


Audience

Bus drivers
Bus aides



Session Description

This session provides information about the
characteristics of autism and strategies to support
these students on the bus.


Date & Time

*This session is pre-recorded and can be viewed
at any time.
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