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Families

Training and Best Practices headerECHO for Families is a community that provides opportunities for learning, advocacy, and mentorship with families that have a child with developmental disabilities, autism, or other special healthcare needs. This network allows families to receive professional support and brainstorm evidence-based solutions or share successes with other families around the state and nation.

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


Sessions

Sessions are on Wednesdays, weekly,
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

Past Sessions:

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Learning Topics (Spring 2021)

*Registrants will receive session handouts and materials prior to the scheduled meeting time.*

January 13: Self-Management and Building Independence

This presentation is about teaching children/young adults with disabilities/special healthcare needs to use self-monitoring strategies to improve their own behavior/social skills. The goal is to decrease the need for parents/caregivers to provide prompting and positive reinforcement by teaching the child to monitor their own behavior/social interactions and deliver their own rewards when they demonstrate positive behaviors/social interactions.

Presenter: Dr. Julie Wittman, Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), University of Idaho

January 27: Identifying and Responding to Developmental Concerns

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to discuss basic developmental milestones and identify at least one strategy to support children in their development. Participants will be able to identify ways to discuss developmental concerns with providers and early care and education staff.

Presenter: Wendy Warren, Program Manager, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

February 24: Family-Centered Telemedicine Appointments

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify barrier busters to help overcome obstacles to access and other concerns related to telehealth services. Participants will be able to identify solutions and resources to promote family-centered telehealth services.

Presenter: Wendy Warren, Program Manager, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

March 10: Social-Emotional Support for Families

This session will focus on sources of social-emotional support for parents and siblings, social activities for children with disabilities/families, and tools to de-stress.

Presenter: Dr. Julie Wittman, Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), University of Idaho

March 24: Emotional Support Resources

Join us to learn more about anxiety, depression, and special education services for students in the learning environment.

Presenter: Nikki Sweets, Director, Parent Information Center (PIC)

April 7: Family Support & High Fidelity Wraparound Services

This session will help families to understand supports available to them in their communities and across the state. We will also discuss team building, empowerment, and resources for families.

Presenter: Kyla Maestas, Acceptance and Ability Focused Services and Supports, Inc.

April 21: Wrap-Up and Discussion

This session will reflect on the 2020-2021 ECHO for Families sessions and participants will provide feedback for needs for 2021-2022.

Presenters: Wendy Warren, Program Manager, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

*April 21 Session Registration*

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