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Families: Autism

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This virtual community was built by and for families of children with autism. Participants will learn about autism, interventions that can be used in home and school, and how systems of care work in Wyoming. Trained Family Mentors help lead every session in partnership with autism and behavior experts. The commitment of this community is to build a network of families who have the skills to support their own families and share those skills with other parents in similar circumstances.

The UW ECHO for Families: Autism is the first ECHO network that provides information directly to families and can be accessed anywhere in the state.


This program operates in partnership with the Wyoming Family Mentorship program
and Wyoming Department of Education to provide ongoing support
to families as they help their children with autism thrive.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, biweekly from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
via Zoom video conferencing technology.


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Learning Topics - SPRING 2018

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions*

January 9

Family Resiliency and Protective Factors
This will be a brief introduction to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework that empowers individuals to take a different approach on family resiliency.

Presenters:
Jen Davis, Consultant Wyoming Children's Trust Fund

January 23

IEP 101
Session topics include Tips for IEP and tips for 504

Presenter:
Erin Swilling, PIC Coordinator, Parents Helping Parents of WY, Inc,. Parent Information Center

February 6

A Proactive Discussion on Bullying from the Perspective of Parents

Presenters:
Panel Discussion: Wyoming Family Mentors

February 20

Social Skills Strategies

Presenter:
Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism/Behavior Specialist Consultant

March 6

Preparing for the Future: An Interactive Discussion with a Disability Planner

Presenter:
Betty Lehman, CPA, Lehman Disability Planning

March 20

A Behavior Approach to Feeding Difficulties with your Child on the Spectrum

Presenter:
Nissa Goldberg, MA, BCBA Next Step Feeding and Behavioral Services

April 3

Comunity Needs

April 17

Children's Mental Health Waiver: Wraparound Services

Presenter:
Sharon Weber, Magellan Health

Session Registration*

May 1

Guardianship

Presenter:
Donna Sheen, Wyoming Children's Law Center

Session Registration*

May 15

How to Support Your Child in Times of Crisis

Presenter:
TBD

Session Registration*


Secondary Transitions brochure hyperlink Sign up for ECHO updates hyperlink

Learning Topics - Fall 2017

September 19

Introduction to ECHO for Families
Session will introduce participants to the ECHO Model as it has been applied for use in supporting families of children to with Autism, including helping participants to understand the opportunities for families to utilize this virtual network to support child and family goals in their home communities.

Presenters:
Canyon Hardesty, MS, Director, Community Education and Training
Eric Moody, Director, Research and Evaluation, WIND Colorado Parent Mentoring Project

October 3

Effective Communication Strategies to Support your Child and Family Goals
in Health, Education, and Community Settings

Session topics include effective communication strategies with agencies and opportunity for sharing personal experiences related to advocating and family support.

Presenters:
Eric Moody, Director, Research and Evaluation, WIND; Colorado Parent Mentoring Project
Kristen Kaiser, MA Instructor/Director of Community Projects;
LEND Family Discipline Director, JFK Partners

October 17

Interventions from a Parent's Perspective
for Secondary Transition Assessment and Planning

In this presentation, participants will review common school based interventions for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA, understand the range of interventions, how their goals differ and the components of an effective intervention.

Presenter:
Kristen Kaiser, MA Instructor/Director of Community Projects;
LEND Family Discipline Director, JFK Partners

October 31

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Families: Practical Magic, Part 1
This session will identify common patterns of child behavior escalation and the reasons that escalation occurs as well as pinpoint several predictable adult behaviors that contribute to the behavior escalation and will outline strategies for preventing it, including specific adult language that can greatly enhance compliance with directions.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

November 14

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Families: Practical Magic Part 2
This session will discuss positive and negative consequences specifically related to increasing child compliance with directions (which, in turn, decreases rates of arguing, physical aggression, and tantrums) as well as outline the specific steps for developing consequence hierarchies and cover strategies for introducing these interventions to families.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

November 28

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Families: Practical Magic Part 3
This session will cover strategies for boosting the effectiveness of positive reinforcement systems to increase child motivation to change behavior. In addition, session will discuss the common errors that adults make in setting up positive systems, and remedies for those errors and dispel common myths that keep families from establishing essential positive behavior support practices.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

December 12

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Families: Practical Magic Part 4
This session will cover the simple yet important steps of establishing rules and routines as a highly effective means for preventing problem behavior as well as provide sample home rules and routines and will outline the steps for teaching these to kids in a structured and positive way.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

December 19 - January 2

No Session

January 9

IEP Meetings
This session will offer tips for Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504's.

Presenter:
Erin Shilling


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Phone: (307) 766-2506

Email: projectecho@uwyo.edu

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