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Professional Development Webinars 2022-2023

The Thompson Center is proud to offer more than 20 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.

Promoting Independence with Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Early Intervention Professionals
Educators
Professionals working with transition
Residential Staff

Session Description

This session will identify effective strategies
to address independence into educational
programming for students with autism. This
session will discuss common barriers to increasing
independence and how to address these. Additional
resources will be provided to participants. This session
is most applicable for educators (e.g. special educators,
general educators, paraprofessionals) working with
students with autism.

Date & Time

September 6, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 18, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Supporting Appropriate Behavior Kyle Hamilton, MS, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Educators
Early Intervention Professionals
Residential staff
Other professionals working with behavior

Session Description

This session will provide educational professionals
with an overview of strategies to promote
appropriate behavior in the classroom setting. The
content will include functional information on why
problem behavior may occur. Strategies to address
the environment as well as teach/reinforce new
behavior will be discussed. This session may be best
for paraprofessionals or educators new to addressing
problem behavior. *Please note: This session is Part 1
of a 3-Part Behavior Series*

Date & Time

September 12, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 30, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Functional Behavior Assessment with Kyle Hamilton, MS, BCBA, LBA


Audience

School Psychologists
Educators
Professionals working with behavior

Session Description

This session will provide an overview of the Functional
Behavior Assessment (FBA) process for professionals
working in a school setting. Participants will learn how
to collect multiple forms of data, and how to analyze
that data to identify possible reasons for the target
behavior occurring. The content of this presentation
will focus on the relationship between the environment
and appropriate behavior. This session will also provide
resources for education professionals to access as they
move forward with using FBAs. This presentation is
intended for educational professionals who participate
in the FBA process (e.g. special educators, school
psychologists, behavior specialists).
*Please note: This session is Part 2 of a 3-Part Behavior
Series*

Date & Time

September 19, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 6, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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From Functional Behavior Assessment to Behavior Intervention Plan with Kyle Hamilton, MS, BCBA, LBA


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
functional behavior assessments, behavior strategies
and how to develop/implement behavior plans and for
those who participate in the development of behavior
plans in a school setting. *Please note: This session is
Part 3 of a 3-Part Behavior Series*

Date & Time

September 26, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 13, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Neurodiversity: Exploring Hidden Symptoms and Strategies with Jennifer Sykes, PhD


Audience


Everyone

Session Description

This session will dive into the concept of neurodiversity
and how subtle or nuanced symptoms of
neurodevelopmental conditions are all around you.


Date & Time

September 30, 2022 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST
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Signs, Symptoms, and Referral of Young Children with Autism with Jena Randolph, PhD


Audience


Early Intervention Professionals


Session Description

This session will provide information on early
signs of possible autism to help guide referral decision
making. Additional information will be provided about
autism symptoms in young children and methods for
screening and referring 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

October 3, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Community Mental Health Training Part 1: ASD & Interventions with Jennifer Sykes PhD
*APA CE’s available


Audience


Mental Health Professionals
Other professionals

Session Description

This session will review the latest research on the most
effective mental health strategies and interventions for
individuals on the autism spectrum.


Date & Time

October 28, 2022 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST
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Strategies for Teaching Emergent Communication with Jena Randolph, PhD


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

November 14, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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AAC and Supporting Your Educational Team with Michelle Dampf, MA, CCC-SLP


Audience

Educators
Speech Language Pathologists
Professionals working with transition

Session Description

Think about effective augmentative and
alternative communication (AAC) intervention
as 20% hardware and 80% follow through. Once a
system or device is chosen and purchased, the real
work begins for educators, speech-language
pathologists, families, and students. Adequate
support and training is needed to decrease the
chances of device or system abandonment. During
this webinar, we will review strategies, resources, and
supports demonstrated to be effective for successful
AAC intervention and outcomes.

Date & Time

November 28, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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April 17, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Neurodiversity: Social Differences with Jennifer Sykes, PhD


Audience

Everyone

Session Description

This session will identify the impact of
neurodiversity on social skills and supports.

Date & Time

December 2, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST
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Autism & Sexuality with Wes Dotson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA


Audience

Educators
Behavior Analysts
Professionals working with transition
Other professionals working with behavior

Session Description

Coming soon!

Date & Time

December 5, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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April 3, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Teaching Play with Jena Randolph, 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
presented. Additionally, strategies to facilitate
emergent engagement with peers will be
discussed.


Date & Time

December 12, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Series Part 1: Preparing for Transition with Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience


Vocational Rehabilitation professionals
Professionals working with transition


Session Description

This session will identify the four steps in Behavior
Skills Training to teach employment skills as well
as the three ways to fade on the job supports. It
will also reference 3 resources for teaching
independence in the workplace.


Date & Time

January 23, 2023 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST
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Teaching Advanced Social Skills with Michelle Dampf, MA, CCC-SLP


Audience


Speech Language Pathologists
Professionals working with transition
Educators

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

January 25, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Neurodiversity: Executive Functioning with Jennifer Sykes, PhD


Audience


Everyone


Session Description

This session will describe the impact of
neurodevelopmental differences on the brain’s ability
to plan and execute tasks.


Date & Time

February 24, 2023 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST
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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Series Part 2: Supporting Employment with Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience


Vocational Rehabilitation professionals
Professionals working with transition


Session Description

This session will identify the three barriers to
successful transition as well as three domains to
focus on for transition planning. Three references
and tools to help make the transition process
smoother will be given.


Date & Time

February 27, 2023 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST
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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Series Part 3: Supporting College Students with Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience


Vocational Rehabilitation professionals
Professionals working with transition


Session Description

This session will identify three barriers in the
college setting for students with ASD as well as
three types of accommodations students can
request. References and resources for teaching
problem solving and goal setting will also be
discussed.

Date & Time

March 20, 2023 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST
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It’s a Spectrum with Jennifer Sykes, PhD


Audience


Psychologists
Social Workers
Counselors
Other professionals working with individuals
with autism

Session Description

This session will define the core characteristics of an
Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and identify subtle
symptoms of autism that are often missed or
mis-categorized. It will also cover “gold standard” evaluation
components and why they are needed.


Date & Time

March 10, 2023 | 12:00-2:00 p.m. CST
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Self-Advocate Series: Preparing for Employment with Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Individuals with autism



Session Description

This session will identify strategies for creating
a professional resume, preparing for interviews,
searching for employment, etc.


Date & Time

March 7, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. CST
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Self-Advocate Series: All Things Technology with Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Individuals with autism



Session Description

This session will identify strategies for communicating
with others using technology including professional
and casual emails, texts, leaving voicemail messages, etc.


Date & Time

March 14, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. CST
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Self-Advocate Series: The Hidden Curriculum with Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Individuals with autism



Session Description

This session will identify strategies to better
understand social norms, values, and beliefs.


Date & Time

March 21, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. CST
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Supporting the Effective Use of Paraprofessionals with 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. This
session is most applicable for educators who are
supervising paraprofessionals.


Date & Time

April 10, 2023 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Neurodiversity: Communication with Jennifer Sykes, PhD


Audience


Everyone
Session Description
This session will identify the impact of
neurodiversity on communication skills in children.


Date & Time

April 14, 2023 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST
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Community Mental Health Training Part 2 with Jennifer Sykes, PhD


Audience


Everyone
Session Description
Coming Soon!


Date & Time

April 3, 2023 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST
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Interested in additional training? Check out our asynchronous training videos with topics including Overview of Autism, Comprehensive Evaluations, toileting, and more! We strongly suggest watching Overview of Autism before attending the webinars above.