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Professional Development Webinars 2021-2022

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.

Signs, Symptoms, and Referral of Young Children with Autism with Jena Randolph, PhD


Audience

Speech Language Pathologists
Early Intervention Professionals
Educators
Residential Staff

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 in young
children and methods for screening and referring
to diagnostic and support services when there are
concerns for autism. This sessions contains some
overlapping information with the Overview of
Autism session.


Date & Time

August 30, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 10, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Promoting Independence with Jaclyn Benigno, MEd


Audience

Early Intervention Professionals
Educators
Professionals working with transition

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 7, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 18, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Supporting Appropriate Behavior Kyle Hamilton, MS, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Educators
Early Intervention Professionals
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.

Date & Time

September 13, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 24, 2022 | 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
discussed. Additionally, strategies to facilitate
emergent engagement with peers will be
presented.

Date & Time

September 20, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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January 31, 2022 | 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 foundational an
overview of the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
process for professionals working in a school setting.
Participants will learn indirect and direct data
collection methods to identify possible reasons for
problem 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).

Date & Time

September 27, 2021| 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 7, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 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

September 29, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 2, 2022 | 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.

Date & Time

October 4, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 28, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 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

October 18, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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February 23, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Teaching Advanced Social Skills with 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

November 9, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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March 8, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Teaching Emotional Regulation with Jena Randolph, PhD


Audience

Speech Language Pathologists
Educators
Other professionals working with behavior

Session Description

This session is focused on teaching strategies
for emotional self-regulation. Identifying emotions
and behaviors, coping strategies, and procedures
for self-monitoring will be discussed.

Date & Time

November 15, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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March 14, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Parent and Educator Collaboration with Jena Randolph, PhD


Audience

Parents of individuals with autism
Educators working with parents of individuals with autism


Session Description

This session will highlight critical components of
parent/educator collaboration. Common missteps
that can break trust will be discussed and procedures
for meaningfully engaging parents in the IEP process
will be presented.

Date & Time

December 6, 2021 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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April 4, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
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Residential Settings: Promoting Independence with Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


Audience

Residential Staff



Session Description

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

Date & Time

April 11, 2022 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. CST
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Residential Settings: Promoting Communication with Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA


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 18, 2022 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. CST
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Residential Settings: Supporting Appropriate Behavior with 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

April 25, 2022 | 3:00-4:00 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

April 14, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 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

April 21, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 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

April 28, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 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.