Training & Workshops with The Autism Project

Providing training and workshops enables The Autism Project to carry out our mission. They are based on innovative and emerging theories, interventions, and approaches, and provide parents and professionals the opportunity to gain knowledge that helps them better support the children they parent, care for, or work with and the community surrounding those children.

We offer a range of training opportunities, educational events, and multi-week series for both parents and professionals. Our Family Support and Training & Consulting teams provide training at our Johnston office, on-site in schools and organizations, and via online webinars.

2021 Training Catalog

Sample Training & Workshops

The following are examples of training and workshops delivered by our Training & Consulting team. Sessions and series for professionals provide contact hours and offer professional development credits. Please note that this list is not exhaustive - we have developed additional training that are not included here.

If you are interested in booking any of the below, viewing a more complete list of sessions and series, or requesting a customized training for your school, program, or organization, please reach out to Ariana DeAngelis, Adult Training Manager, ADeAngelis1@lifespan.org.

For Professionals

Building a Positive School Culture

Professionals demonstrate a code of conduct and value system through daily interactions. When the classroom is running smoothly, professionals easily model a positive conflict resolution approach. However, when challenges arise and the environment is stressful, what happens? In this training, The Autism Project shares an approach to help professionals to become aware of their behavioral patterns, so they can teach students how to learn and listen to their internal guidance system.

This series is designed for teacher assistants, child care providers, and related school/ center/program-based staff who work to support children and lead teachers across the day.

Where Do I Start? (English or Spanish)

The goal of healthy relationships is to balance the need to be an independent self (the sense of “I”) and the need to be connected (the sense of “We”). A secure student feels comfortable with both. This training teaches how to begin to include key social emotional teaching into your classroom to create a model for building positive school culture.

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

Thank you for your interest in our webinars. Please check back on February 1, 2021 for our relaunch of the Webinar site with new and exciting webinar opportunities.

For your convenience training can be accessed any time!

Cost: $30.00 per class.

Training are approved for 2 PD hours for Rhode Island and 2 NASW-RI credits.

Understanding ASD

A nonclinical training for professionals and caregivers to gain a better understanding of ASD. Participants will get a baseline understanding of the daily challenges of children with communication and self-regulation challenges and how their
needs impact their behavior.

Visual Supports in Practice

Participants gain a better understanding on how to create and use visual supports to better support individuals with ASD/DD by increasing independence, promoting communication and reducing challenging behaviors.

Positive Behavior Support

This training provides information and tools to help participants view challenging behavior through a different lens addressing possible skill deficits, coexisting conditions, and motivation of behaviors. Learn to create positive behavior
supports to help build healthier interactions.

Creating the Connections

This 2-hour training provides participants with information and resources to identify typical and atypical development, access appropriate supports for developmental concerns, better understand the diagnostic levels of AutismSpectrum Disorders , and use visual supports.

For Everyone

A Starting Point

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

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

Autism Thinking

It is important for parents, professionals and, community members to understand what autism spectrum disorder is, and more importantly, how an individual’s autism impacts him/her/them across the day. This training presents the core deficits of autism and challenges participants to think of their students or family member as an individual in order to see, often for the very first time, how autism impacts his/her/their life. This knowledge enables parents and professionals to look at behavior differently and to gain insights to teach to the individual’s needs and skill deficits.

Other Options

The Training & Consulting team is uniquely poised to create customized training. Our coaches and modelers are trained in an array of eclectic teaching models, strategies, and interventions and represent professional training in several fields, including Education, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language, and Social Work, to name a few.

To inquire about customized options, please reach out to Ariana DeAngelis, Adult Training Manager, at ADeAngelis1@lifespan.org.