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Distance Learning Opportunities for Professionals and Parents

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities offers online distance education training for professionals and parents on the topics below related to autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

•    Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Brief Overview - Paraprofessional Series Session 1
•    Thinking Differently: Keys to Understanding Students with ASD - Paraprofessional Series Session 2
•    Helping Students with ASD Overcome Challenging Behavior - Paraprofessional Series Session 3
•    Creating Visual and Environmental Classroom Supports for Students with ASD - Paraprofessional Series Session 4
•    Role of the Paraprofessional - Paraprofessional Series Session 5
•    Promoting Successful Transitions from Secondary School to Post-Secondary School or Employment for Individuals with ASD
•    Using Power Cards and Social Behavior Mapping to Support Pro-Social Behavior
•    Executive Functioning Strategies to Keep Individuals with ASD Organized and On-Target
•    Learning Better Ways to Cope: Teaching Individuals with ASD Skills to Replace Challenging Behaviors
•    Replacing Challenging Behaviors and Improving Quality of Life with Functional Communication Training
•    Strategies to Motivate Individuals with ASD in the Classroom and at Home
•    Self-Care for Caregiver of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
•    Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Grief and Loss
•    Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorders
•    Encouraging and Shaping Desired Pro-Social Behavior in Students with ASD
•    Promoting Success and Independence in Individuals with Mild to Moderate ASD
•    Addressing the Core Deficits of ASD in the Classroom
•    Sexual Health Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Register online:

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. However, these trainings are offered at NO COST through grant fund­ing from the New York State Education Department. Please visit our website below for more information. 
Continuing education available for a $5 fee, please see website for further details 

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities 1535 Western Avenue 
Albany, NY 12203 

Phone: 518-442-2574 
Fax: 518-442-4834 
Email: Web: www.albany.edu1autism



Seminar I 
Hidden in Plain Sight: Unmasking Anxiety in ASD 
Although anxiety is not considered a core feature of ASD, approximately 40% of young people with ASD have clinically elevated levels of anxiety. It is particularly important to recognize and treat anxiety in ASD since it has a great impact on the course and the core aspects of the disorder, exacerbating social withdrawal as well as repetitive behaviors (Hollander, 2018). This training will look at how anxiety can manifest in individuals with ASD and how to treat these symptoms through a cognitive behavioral approach. 

Seminar II 
Returning to the Classroom: Implementing Structure to Support Students with ASD 
As many schools make plans to shift from distance learning to in-person instruction, families, students and educators face an adjustment period. That's especially true for students with autism spectrum disorder, because transitions can be particularly stressful and challenging for them. Establishing a new school routine is also really important. Setting a schedule and daily expectations is key to helping kids feel safe and secure at school. Students must be comfortable in order to re-engage and connect, and that will enable them to be ready to learn 
(Schetter, 2021 ). This training will examine ways in which teachers and other school personnel can establish structure within the classroom and throughout the day to support students with ASD as they return to in-person learning. 

Seminar III 
Understanding and Reducing Challenging Behaviors through Functional Communication Training 
Participants will be introduced to ways in which they can better understand challenging behaviors and effective strategies to teach more appropriate skills. They will be guided through an evidence-based procedure called Functional Communication Training (FCT) that has been used successfully to reduce challenging behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. 

These sessions are recorded and can be viewed at any time after registration is completed. Registration is required. 

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) offers these seminars AT NO COST to participants living in New York State through a grant from the New York State Education Department. The funding is administered by The Research Foundation for SUNY. 
Continuing Education Credits: 
CARD Albany is an approved provider for the following continuing education credits: 
School Psychologists (NASP), Social Workers (LMSW & LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), NYS Psychologists and Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). 

General certificates of attendance will be provided for all participants. Session I and III are 1.25 contact hours and session II is I contact hour. 

There is a$ 5.00 processing fee per session for each CEU selected. Please visit our website for more information on which sessions are eligible for CE Us. CEUs can be selected during registration and payment can be submitted online with a credit card.