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UW ECHO for Families: Autism

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 direct 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 held every other Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.

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Date

Learning Topics - Fall 2017

Presenter

Sept. 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.

Canyon Hardesty, MS, Director, Community Education and Training

Eric Moody, Director, Research and Evaluation, WIND Colorado Parent Mentoring Project

Oct. 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.

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

Oct. 17

Interventions from a Parent's Perspective

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

Oct. 31

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Families: Practical Magic, Part 1
In this session, Ms. Genaux will identify common patterns of child behavior escalation and the reasons that escalation occurs. She will 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.

Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.

Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

Nov. 14

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Families: Practical Magic Part 2
In this session, Ms. Genaux 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). She will outline the specific steps for developing consequence hierarchies and will cover strategies for introducing these interventions to families.

Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.

Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

Nov 28

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

Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.

Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

Dec 12

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

Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.

Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant



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