School & Center For Children With Autism In New York

Workshops

 

Free Autism Workshop Series
Our Free Autism Workshop Series for the 2013-2014 season has begun!

A free workshop series for parents, teachers, therapists, and others working with children on the autism spectrum.

Each session is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our Brooklyn location. A certificate of completion is available upon request.

BCBA CEU's will be available for some workshops. $10 each CEU
Workshops are 2 hours = 2 CEU's for $20

For more information:
By phone: 718.686.9600
By email: info@skhov.org
By mail: 4302 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11219

Parent training program made possible by NYC Council Autism Initiative Funding.


March 4th, 2014
Dr. Stephen Shore
Effective Advocacy and Disclosure: A Workshop for People with Autism

At some point in our lives everyone has to advocate for their own needs and disclose the reasons why. Focused primarily for participants on the autism spectrum, this workshop begins by defining self-advocacy and a process for considering disclosure. Participants will learn the importance of gaining self-awareness, communication skills, and procedures to effectively obtain accommodations and greater mutual understanding. Doing so empowers us on the autism spectrum to reach our potential for leading fulfilling and productive lives in employment, education, relationships, interdependent living, and in the community.

(No BCBA CEU available for this workshop)

RSVP NOW for March 4th


April 30th, 2014
Curriculum Development for Early Learners to Advance Learners

(Type II BCBA CEU's available for this workshop)

RSVP NOW for April 30th


May 5, 2014
Dr. Stephen Shore
Bullying: What, When, Whom, Why... and Prevention

A great majority of people with autism experience bullying in school, in the community, and even into adulthood resulting in possible life-long negative implications such as lowered self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, and depression. This presentation will focus on informing parents, educators, clinicians, and others on how to identify and eradicate bullying on the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels.

Participants shall be able to:

  1. define the act of bullying,
  2. list two or more indicators indicating when bullying may be taking place,
  3. list ways to stop bullying when it occurs,
  4. identify how learning effective skills in self-advocacy can help stop or prevent bullying,
  5. identify educational steps for bully-proofing school systems.

(No BCBA CEU for this workshop)

RSVP NOW for May 5th


May 29th, 2014
Treating challenging behaviors: Tactics for parents, caregivers and professionals.

(Type II BCBA CEU's available for this workshop)

RSVP NOW for May 29th


June 19th, 2014
Using Assessments for the Ultimate Individualized Curriculum

(Type II BCBA CEU's available for this workshop)

RSVP NOW for June 19th


Parent training program made possible by NYC Council Autism Initiative Funding
Special thanks to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and Councilmembers David Greenfield, Brad Lander and Mark Weprin

Our 2013-2014 Workshop Series at Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices

We at Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices, School and Center for Children with Autism would like to open our doors and share our findings about how children on the autism spectrum learn to communicate, socialize and succeed while engaging in daily routine activities and interacting with others.

At SK-HOV we provide comprehensive, research-based educational practices and related therapeutic services to maximize the learning and participation of children (aged 3 to 11 years) with various developmental and neurological disorders.

Our education and training program is designed to inform and enhance the knowledge of participants about autism, related services and behavior analytic techniques used to effectively teach personal, social, and academic skills.

This workshop series was designed in response to parents, teachers, therapists and others who requested to learn how to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders. We encourage teachers, parents and all those interested in learning about effective treatment interventions to attend.

Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., CEO & Founder
Suri Gruen Program Director

Sessions will be led by SK-HOV's Educational Team - Gili Rechany, MA, SBL, BCBA, Educational Director, Elizabeth Diviney, PhD, BCBA, Behavior Consultant Chani Katz, MA, BCBA, IEP Coordinator, Carol Schaffler, SLP - CCC, Speech and Language Pathologist, Rebecca Volker, SLP - CCC, Speech and Language Pathologist and Dr. Stephen Shore, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Adelphi University.


Past workshops:

February 20th, 2014
Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Other Severe Speech Sound Disorders

(Type II BCBA CEU's available for this workshop)


January 28th, 2014
Dr. Stephen Shore
Introduction to Biomedical Interventions for People on the Autism Spectrum

According to Stephen Edelson of the Autism Research Institute and many other practitioners, people with autism tend to need intervention in the three areas of educational/behavioral/developmental methods, sensory integration therapy, and biomedical approaches. Focusing on achieving and maintaining good health this presentation introduces how medical approaches can help maximize efforts to lead a fulfilling and productive life for people with autism.

(No BCBA CEU available for this workshop)


December 2nd, 2013
Dr. Stephen Shore
Obstacles Into Opportunities: Turning Away From Closed Doors and Opening New Ones

Going against conventional wisdom, this presentation examines how deficits and challenges so pervasively attributed to autism can be reframed as strengths. Employing an autobiographical structure combined with experiences of others with autism, participants will come away with practical solutions for considering characteristics of autism as potential springboards to success in education from preschool to post graduate, employment, effective self-advocacy, meaningful engagement in the community as building blocks for leading a fulfilling and productive life.

By examining how deficits and challenges so pervasively attributed to autism and other disabilities can be reframed as strengths, this presentation offers practical solutions for considering these characteristics as potential springboards to success in education, employment, self-advocacy, and meaningful engagement in the community for leading a fulfilling and productive life.

(No BCBA CEU available for this workshop)


November 21st, 2013
Teaching Play to Children with Autism

(Type II BCBA CEU's available for this workshop)


October 29th, 2013
Dr. Stephen Shore
Special Ways And Techniques (SWAT) for Achieving Meaningful Inclusion

Through the development and use of educational accommodations as extensions of good teaching practice, participants will learn easy to implement, practical solutions for including student with disabilities in regular education - For example affording a student unable to stand still and sing in chorus class another way of meaningful participation.

(No BCBA CEU for this workshop)


June 6, 2013
Bullying: Practical solutions for eradicating bullying for individuals with autism and other special needs
Presented by Dr. Stephen Shore of Adelphi University
(NO BCBA CEU'S AVAILABLE FOR THIS WORKSHOP)

A great majority of people with autism experience bullying in school, in the community, and even into adulthood resulting in possible life-long negative implications such as lowered self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, and depression. This presentation will focus on informing parents, educators, clinicians, and others on how to identify and eradicate bullying on the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels.

LEARNING OUTCOMES using the words list, identify, and define in each sentence.

Participants shall be able to...

  1. define the act of bullying,
  2. list two or more indicators indicating when bullying may be taking place,
  3. list ways to stop bullying when it occurs,
  4. identify how learning effective skills in self-advocacy can help stop or prevent bullying,
  5. identify educational steps for bully-proofing school systems.

May 30, 2013
Socialization Guide for Autism

  • Social Cues - understanding and recognition of our environment
  • Social Stories and Task analysis
  • Family structure - and leisure activities
  • Community outings and public places

April 16, 2013
Music for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Presented by Stephen Shore, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Adelphi University, NY

Focusing on including children with autism in the music curriculum and teaching them how to play a musical instrument this presentation explores techniques that are applicable to learners of all abilities. For people on the autism spectrum, music can be used as THE means of communication or to help organize the verbal communication skills and for working with challenges in the motoric, social, representation, and other areas as well.


March 7, 2013
The Power of Non-Vocal Communication-Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

  • What are Alternative and Communication Devices?
  • The Research that Supports AAC and its usage:
  • Assessment and Training of AAC
  • AAC devices software and applications

February 25, 2013
Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: In Inside View Towards Success
Presented by Dr. Stephen Shore of Adelphi University
(NO BCBA CEU'S AVAILABLE FOR THIS WORKSHOP)

Join Stephen in his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. Some of the areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment. The session ends with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.


January 24, 2013
Developing a Functional Living Skills Curriculum that Counts

  • Assessment
  • Programming and training
  • Visual Displays
  • Maintenance and Generalization

December 11, 2012, 10am-12pm
Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Autism and other Disabilities in Education
Presented by Stephen Shore, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Adelphi University, NY

This presentation examines the development and use of educational accommodations as extensions of good teaching practice. For example, a student with special needs in a regular education choral class who is unable to stand still and sing can be afforded another way of meaningfully participating in the choir performance. Attendees will come away with easy to implement, practical solutions for including children with autism and other special needs into the regular education experience.


November 15, 2012
Developing a "Team"-Collaborative Approach

  • Family and Friends
  • Center based team/Related Service Providers
  • Home based team/Consultants
  • Physicians/ Specialists

October 23, 2012, 10am - 12pm
Developing an Understanding of the Hidden Curriculum for Learners with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A Lifespan Approach
Presented by Stephen Shore, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Adelphi University, NY

When is it appropriate to talk in class? How does one act when hanging out with friends, in school, or in the library? Is there a way to reckon with the fact that the "lunch hour" at work is only 30 minutes? Most people automatically know the answers to these questions and many like them through observations of social interaction. However, the ability to infer proper social interaction through observation is often impaired in people with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

This presentation examines Power Cards, Social Stories by Carol Gray, emotional thermometers and mnemonic devices such as Stop, Observe, Deliberate, and Act and other strategies for providing practical solutions to the vexing problem of teaching appropriate social interaction to people on the autism spectrum in appropriate social interactions. Taking a strength-based approach, the common theme between these and other related educational devices is that these techniques employ the often considerable cognitive and analytical powers of people on the autism spectrum.


Evaluating Different Approaches for Supporting Children with Autism
June 18th 2012, 10am-12pm

Noting that there has been no true comparison between educational/behavioral/developmental approaches for working with children on the autism spectrum, qualitative research was initiated to investigate Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, and DIR. Other methods such as RDI and SCERTS are also discussed.

Some preliminary findings suggest that current definitions of autism are lacking and a more multi-dimensional approach is needed, the autism spectrum as currently employed is too wide to be useful, many techniques are applicable across approaches, and a general sense that people with autism have something valuable to contribute to the community as a whole.

Presented by Dr. Stephen Shore.

  • Assistant Professor, Special Education at Adelphi University
  • Author, Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • Author and Contributor, Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
  • Co-Author, Understanding Autism for Dummies
  • Co-Featured, Living Along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome (DVD)


The Collaborative Model of Shema Kolainu - Language and Feeding
May 30, 2012

  • Understanding the benefits of a team approach
  • Understanding ABA and the tactics
  • Understanding Prompt therapy - fundamental level
  • Understanding Oral motor needs
  • Assessments and treatments

Presenters, Consultants and Coordinators:
Gili Rechany, MA, SBL, BCBA, Educational Director
Elizabeth Diviney, PhD, BCBA, Behavior Consultant
Chanie Kessler, MA, Educational Coordinator
Rebecca Volker, SLP - CCC, Speech and Language Pathologist
Kim Robinson, MPA, Director of Operations, Coordinator



The Road to Independence
March 28, 2012

  • Toilet training: baseline, training and follow-up.
  • Self care skills: brushing teeth, dressing, showering, and eating.
  • Pre-Vocational skills: following a task analysis, activity schedules and PSI.


Employment Opportunities for People with Autism: Observations on Promoting Success
March 21, 2012

Presented by Dr. Stephen Shore.

With Introduction by Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., CEO & Founder of ICare4Autism and Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices on the ICare4Autism Autism Workforce Initiative.

Even those individuals with ASD who achieved post secondary education or have highly developed skill areas often have difficulty selling themselves in job interviews and maintaining working relationships on the job. Drawing on his personal and professional experiences as an adult living with Autism, Stephen shared the strategies he has used successfully to find and secure employment and meet the expectations of employers for people throughout the autism spectrum.

Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., CEO & Founder of ICare4Autism and Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices will be spoke about the Autism Workforce Initiative which will the first of its kind. It will encompass workforce entry services for high school students with autism, post-transition supportive services, vocational and employment services ranging from semi-skilled to high functioning individuals, and a special targeted program to place persons with Asperger's Syndrome in technology sector jobs.



Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View on Sensory Issues, What They Look Like, Avoiding Them, and Working Through Ones that Occur
February 6th, 2012

Presented by Dr. Stephen Shore

  • Assistant Professor, Special Education at Adelphi University
  • Author, Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • Author and Contributor, Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
  • Co-Author, Understanding Autism for Dummies
  • Co-Featured, Living Along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome (DVD)

Many persons on the autistic spectrum experience sensory stimuli with such variation that it can either be completely causing extreme discomfort, or on the other hand, be undetectable, and/or be so distorted as to be useless. All of these situations can be overwhelming, and at times dangerous. The aim of this presentation is to enable susceptible individuals and those close to them to minimize the effect of or avoid such situations, thereby enabling those who have these sensitivities to take advantage of opportunities that might otherwise be too overwhelming to otherwise even consider.



Curriculum Development for Advanced Learners
January 25, 2012

  • Development of Centers and Personalized System of Instruction
  • Development of Academic portfolio
  • Development of Pre and post test model
  • Tactical Teaching methodologies: WH questions, Math Concepts, Comprehension


Using Technology Across all Environments to Increase Independence
November 30, 2011

Introduction to:

  • Videos and internet resources
  • Software and interactive play
  • Social stories and PowerPoint
  • Preacademic and academic skills


Workshop - Get Care and Support for Children -
Insurance Benefits and Medical Coverage

COME HEAR about the Importance of ADEQUATE MEDICAL COVERAGE and the EXTRA Health Insurance benefits available for your child receiving services from the Early Intervention Program.

LEARN HOW THESE PROGRAMS CAN HELP WITH:

  • paying for medical bills and reducing out of pocket costs
  • renewing your Medicaid Insurance on time and avoiding loss of coverage
  • providing benefits and resources through the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
  • Informing you of the eligibility for these benefits through one of our Child Benefit Advisor assigned to help you apply.

Networking with your Child's Team - Being a Strong Advocate
Communicating and understanding doctors, therapist, teachers, and administrators. Increasing Autism Awareness and keeping up with the research, assisting in fundraising for Autism and finding a cure.
Presented: November 18th, 2010

Adaptive Daily Living Skills - the Road to Independence
Toilet training: baseline, training and follow-up. Self care skills: brushing teeth, dressing, showering, and eating. Pre-Vocational skills: following a task analysis, activity schedules and PSI.
Presented: January 13th, 2011

Teaching Communication in Different Ways
Understanding Non verbal communication: Using Augmentative communication in the home and in the community. Alternative and augmentative communicational assessment, training procedures and integration of AAC in everyday life. Understanding Verbal communication: Verbal immersion, Verbal behavior, Verbal imitation and fluency.
Presented: March 24th, 2011

Using Technology to Increase Independence & Learning
Introduction to: Videos and internet resources
    Software and interactive play
    Social stories and PowerPoint
    Pre-academic and academic skills
Presented: May 26th, 2011

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