Training with The Autism Project©

Providing training and workshops enables The Autism Project to carry out our mission. These trainings are based on innovative and emerging theories, interventions, and approaches. Our workshops provide professionals, parents, and community members the information needed to impactfully support people on the autism spectrum (in school, at home, at work, and in the community).

The Autism Project offers a range of training opportunities, including individual workshops and multi-week series. Our team provides training both online and in person (we are located in Johnston, Rhode Island). For a printable summary of our trainings, please review the menu below.

2021 TAP Training Menu

*If you support children (as a parent or professional), ages birth-5, in Warren, Bristol, Woonsocket, or Central Providence (02908, 02909), please scroll to the bottom of the page to find information about the Health Equity Zone (HEZ) trainings.

Training Offerings

The following are examples of training and workshops delivered by our Training & Consultation team. Sessions and series for professionals provide professional development contact hours (email Ariana to inquire about CEUs). Please note that this list is not exhaustive - we continue to developed additional trainings that are not included here. We can also create a bespoke training upon request.

If you are interested in booking any trainings, please reach out to our Training Manager, Ariana DeAngelis at ADeAngelis1@lifespan.org.

I had been searching high and low for trainings for my team and I am so happy I came across The Autism Project. I am forever thankful for our paths crossing! …I feel you really gave [our team] a different way of thinking in a positive light!... I cannot say thank you enough!

Kayla Stewart, Program Coordinator, Total Education Solutions/TES Therapy, Fairlawn OH

Autism Thinking

“Autism Thinking” is designed to inform participants of the neurodevelopmental characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Topics include, but are not limited to: Executive Functioning, Context Blindness, Theory of Mind, Central Coherence, Joint Attention, and One-Channel Processing. An understanding of these characteristics and challenges arms participants with the knowledge required to support individuals with ASD in their daily lives (in the classroom, in the home, or in the community). This presentation ends with a discussion of the methods used to support individuals with ASD. These practical tools and strategies will help participants be proactive and confident in their efforts to support individuals with autism in a variety of settings.

Positive Behavior Supports

Challenging behaviors impact classroom learning, time in the community, and the family dynamic. The goal of this training is to provide basic information about a variety of positive behavior supports that can be used to teach key skills to students with autism. This training provides participants with information and tools to help parents and professionals view challenging behavior through a different lens. Discussion related to skill deficits, coexisting conditions, and possible motivation of behaviors will help professionals and parents create positive behavior supports to help build healthier interactions and a successful environment.

Visual Supports in Practice

This training provides an understanding on how to create and use visuals to better support individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities (DD) by increasing independence, promoting communication, and reducing challenging behaviors in the classroom and at home. Participants will learn how to teach, “wait”, “help” and how to ask for a “break” using visual supports. They will also learn about Social Narratives and other strategies used to explain a given situation and provide strategies to navigate it. Lastly, we will learn about how to use a countdown timer for successful transitions.

Creating the Connections

Based on the CDC’S “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” evidence-based curriculum on Developmental Milestones, participants will review developmental milestones and discuss the importance of childhood development screening. Professionals and parents will learn practical strategies for providing structure and will discuss the importance of visual supports to encourage independence. Professionals will learn how to improve effective communication with concerned families and increase knowledge of available resources.

Supporting Individuals with ASD/DD During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created many unique challenges for individuals with ASD/DD and their families. This training provides participants with an overview of those challenges, as well as strategies to support an individual with ASD during this difficult time. With research and insight from professionals such as Dr. Tony Atwood and Dr. Temple Grandin, participants will understand how to structure this unique and uncertain time for individuals with ASD/DD.

A Common Goal: Fostering Empathetic Relationships Within a Child’s Care Team

To deliver impactful care, a person’s team must work as a cohesive, trusting, and therapeutic network. Distrust, bias, frustration, miscommunication, cultural norms, opposing expectations, and trauma can all influence one’s approach to members of the team. These influences often lead to breakdowns in communication and can negatively impact the individual with ASD as a result. This presentation addresses, from both the family and professional perspective, causes of these communication breakdowns, and strategies for repairing and preventing them. Through an empathetic understanding of each person’s experience, a therapeutic and effective team will emerge.

For Parents & Caregivers

Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent is a good place to start for any parent, grandparent, caregiver, or family member who is starting their learning journey about ASD and how it impacts their child/children. It is a 5-week training program that provides a deeper understanding of the diagnosis and teaches evidence-based strategies that work at home, at school, and in the community. The Autism Project runs Parent to Parent twice per year in English and Spanish.
For additional questions or to register, please reach out to Deb Langevin at dlangevin@lifespan.org.

Toilet Training

Toilet training is challenging for most parents and caregivers. This 2-hour training discusses why toilet training a child with ASD can be especially challenging, and provides strategies and tools to begin the process. Though this training was originally designed for parents, many professionals have taken Toilet Training and used the strategies presented.

Creating the Connections*

The Autism Project is invested in increasing parents' and caregivers' knowledge about developmental milestones so that developmental concerns are readily identified and addressed as soon as possible. We know that the sooner a child with developmental delays is referred to appropriate services, the better his/her/their opportunity for improved long-term outcomes (whether eventually diagnosed with ASD or not!).

This two-hour training developed with support from HRSA provides parents and caregivers with information about and tools to engage in developmental tracking, resources for parents and caregivers with concerns about their children's development, and a brief overview of the early signs of ASD and other developmental disabilities.

*Creating the Connections has been adapted and delivered to over 2,000 frontline professionals since 2016. The training was a resource developed by The Autism Project's HRSA-funded, 3-year project of the same name.

Introduction to Conscious Discipline®

Conscious Discipline® is an evidence based, self-regulation program that integrates social emotional learning & discipline based connections and problem solving. Parents and caregivers are invited to participate in a 5-week training series to learn about Conscious Discipline® and strategies to be used at home.

For additional questions or to register, please reach out to Deb Langevin at dlangevin@lifespan.org.

On-Demand Webinars

Understanding ASD

"Understanding ASD" is a nonclinical training for professionals and caregivers looking to gain a better understanding of ASD. Participants will get a baseline understanding of the daily challenges of children and adults with communication and self-regulation challenges and begin to discuss how those challenges may lead to "behaviors." This webinar is $30.00 USD. Register here.

Positive Behavior Support

This training provides information and tools to help participants view challenging behavior through a different lens, addressing possible lagging skills, coexisting conditions, and motivation of behaviors. Learn to create positive and proactive interventions and supports. This webinar is $30.00 USD. Register here.


Training Series

A Starting Point (9 weeks / 2 Hours Per Week)

The Autism Project's nine-week training series for professionals, parents, and caregivers focused on teaching and raising children with ASD. The series is presented by both a parent of a child with autism and a professional. Session topics include: an overview of ASD (Autism Thinking©), Visual Structure, Communication, Sensory Integration, Emotional Regulation, and Positive Behavior Supports.

Aspire (5 Weeks / 2 Hours Per Week)

A five-week training series designed for professionals, parents, and caregivers working with, caring for, or raising autistic people with Level 1 Autism (previously known as Asperger Syndrome under the DSM-IV). The program helps to teach participants about the unique characteristics and learning styles of persons with this diagnosis, as well as the best practices that are most effective in addressing their needs.


HEZ Training Calendar

To qualify for participation in these trainings, you must be in the state of Rhode Island and be either (1)a parent of a child (ages birth-5) from Woonsocket, Warren, Bristol, or Central Providence (02908, 02909) or (2) a professional working with children (ages birth-5) from, Woonsocket, Warren, Bristol, or Central Providence (02908, 02909)

HEZ Training Schedule

OCTOBER 2021

For Parents:

For Professionals & Parents

JANUARY 2022

For Parents

  • Conscious Discipline for Parents (Spanish) – Wednesdays, January 12-February 9, 2021, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Link Coming Soon)

*Additional Training will be added as scheduled.