Training / Events

We provide training and participate in community events for the purpose of improving outcomes for individuals with ASD and their families.  In addition to our in-person trainings we have on-line trainings on a variety of topics presented by professionals from around Oklahoma.  

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ConnectedKids: Building a Foundation with Families

A training series provided by the Oklahoma Autism Network

Due to changes as a result of COVID-19, we are postponing this training to Fall of 2020.  Please email if you are interested in participating.  Please review the training specifics below to determine if the training is a good fit for you and your child.

About the ConnectedKids Training Series:

ConnectedKids is a program for parents to learn how to use developmental and behavioral (ABA) strategies with their child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The focus of the program is to increase the child’s social communication and engagement skills. We are offering the ConnectedKids program in an intensive, interactive, and in-class training over three full-days. The program, scheduled over a two-month period, allows for practice of strategies between training days.  Parents or primary caregivers who participate in the training will learn:

  • to use strategies to increase your child’s interest in interacting with you and others in your family;
  • to use your child’s interest in an activity to teach new social-communication skills, such as requesting, following directions, playing with toys, and imitating others;
  • to use prompting and reinforcement to teach new skills, which are key applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques that help your child develop new, more complex skills;
  • to identify what skills to teach your child and how to create opportunities to teach during play and daily routines;
  • about resources in the community; and
  • to advocate for your child in a collaborative way.

What is Required:

  • Attend all three days of training and participate in one home visit.  From each family participating, at least one (the same) parent or caregiver must attend all sessions because the information during each session is based on what was learned during prior sessions.
  • The child must be between 2 and 6 1/2 years of age during the time of the training.
  • Complete homework and practice with your child at home between training sessions.
  • Record short 3-5 minute videos of you and your child playing together to demonstrate use of the new strategies you are learning.  Videos may be viewed during training.

Dates, Time, Location and Other Information:

  • Dates to be determined for fall 2020.
  • All trainings are scheduled from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the OUHSC campus in Oklahoma City.
  • Registration is free
  • Participation is limited to 8 families.

For More Information Contact:

Ginger Wells, MSW at 405.271.2131 ext. 47117 or


Finding a Place in the World:  Supporting Children and Youth for the Transition to Adulthood

June 2020


More children with autism are growing up and often struggle to succeed in the adult world.  Research has identified key factors that contribute to greater success in adult life.  The presenters will discuss and provide strategies for teaching key social and adaptive skills and strategies for increasing collaboration between parents and professionals to facilitate successful transition to adult life.  Participants will also learn about secondary-transition resources available in Oklahoma.

   Watch Finding a Place in the World Webinar

   Download the Finding a Place in the World Webinar Worksheet


Partnering with Parents Two-Part Webinar Series

This free webinar series is intended for professionals, educators, and families.  Participants are encouraged to participate in both webinars, however each training can also stand alone.

We knew it before, but one thing highlighted by our current circumstances due to COVID-19 is the critical role parents play in the life of their child.  Since March, many children with ASD have been primarily, if not solely, at home with their parents.  Research tells us parents have a greater influence over the life of their child than anyone else.  This is but one reason it is critical that professionals and parents work closely together to support a child with ASD to achieve his/her best life. 

In this two-part webinar we will discuss the reasons why partnering with parents is so critical for children with ASD.  Participants will learn about the principles of family-centered care and key components of effectively working with parents.  Participants will also learn basic strategies for working together to develop goals, and the use of basic coaching strategies to more effectively support parents in using strategies with their child in home and natural settings.  

Part One:  Why Partnering with Parents is so Important
   Watch Part one Why Partnering with Parents is so Important

  Watch Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes:  Theory of Change from the Frontiers of Innovation

  Download the Partnering with Parents Part One Webinar Worksheet

Part Two:  Strategies to More Effectively Partner with Parents
   Watch Part Two Strategies to More Effectively Partner with Parents

  Download the Partnering with Parents Part Two Webinar Worksheet

There are no CEUs offered for this webinar series. 











What Works Webinar Series

This free webinar series took place over the course of four weeks during Autism Awareness Month in April 2020.  This series was intended primarily for parents and caregivers of children with ASD, however professionals participated as well. 

This online series is designed so that each training can stand alone, or build on one another. 

Webinar recordings and supporting documents are now available and can be accessed below each webinar description. 

Let's Talk Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disability that affects 1 in every 54 children.   The characteristics or symptoms typically show in early childhood including difficulty in social interaction (relating to other people, things, and events), communication (using and understanding language), and behavior (repetitive and challenging).  In this one-hour webinar, participants will learn more about the unique characteristics of ASD, understand the criteria needed for a diagnosis from the DSM-5, and learn basic support strategies for children with ASD and their families.

     Watch the Let's Talk Autism Webinar Recording

   Download the Let's Talk Autism Webinar Worksheet


What We Know Works:  Using Proactive Parenting Strategies to Build Your Family's Skills

Parenting/caregiving can be rewarding, challenging, humbling, and full of joy – sometimes all at the same time! 

In this one-hour webinar, participants will learn proactive parenting strategies and how to apply general behavioral principles in their day-to-day activities with their loved ones.  Topics include the importance of creating opportunities to have frequent positive interactions with your child, the power of clearly communicating your expectations, behavior and its relationship with consequences, and the positive impact you make by attending to inappropriate behavior calmly and precisely.  The content of this session is based upon the book, “The Power of Positive Parenting,” by Dr. Glenn I. Latham. 

    Watch Using Proactive Parenting Strategies to Build Your Family's Skills

    Download the Proactive Parenting Strategies Webinar Worksheet

What We Know Works:  Everyday Strategies

What if you could incorporate intervention strategies into your daily routines to maximize learning opportunities for your child with ASD?   In this one-hour webinar, participants will learn more about evidence-based interventions and strategies, be introduced to a framework for how to incorporate these strategies within their everyday routines, and learn how to incorporate an individual’s personal interests and motivation as a basis for learning.

   Watch What We Know Works:  Everyday Strategies

Download the Everyday Strategies Webinar Worksheet


What We Know Works:  Challenging Behavior

Challenging behavior comes in many forms, and can often interfere with day-to-day life for the child and family.  Participants in this one-hour webinar will learn the primary reasons children engage in challenging behavior, strategies to address the challenging behavior at home and in the community, and tools to help the child learn new skills.

    Watch What We Know Works:  Challenging Behavior

Download the Challenging Behavior Webinar Worksheet

Download Behavior Pathway Diagram examples

The Road to Belonging:  Creating Inclusive Communities for Individuals with Autism

October 22, 2020

Presented by Dr. Erik Carter                     

We flourish most in the midst of community. Yet too many workplaces, schools, congregations, and neighborhoods still struggle to become places of belonging for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. In this presentation and discussion, Dr. Carter will share a powerful framework for reflecting upon and fostering belonging within the different communities that matter most to the people we serve. Together, we will explore the implications for this work on the ways we support people with disabilities, on the ways we invite communities to be more welcoming, and on the implications of the pandemic on this work.

About Dr. Carter

Erik Carter is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting inclusion and valued roles in work, community, school, and congregational settings for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He has published more than 200 articles and chapters, along with 6 books. Learn more about his work at

Date:  October 22, 2020
Time:  9:00am - 11:45am
Location:  Virtual training


* Family Members / Individuals with Autism are family members of individuals with ASD or individuals with autism.  Those who register as Family Members / Individuals with Autism are not eligible for continuing education credit.  To receive continuing education credit, participants must register as a Professional/Educator.

How to Register:  Registration opens September 11, 2020

•    Mail completed form and payment to: OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,
College of Allied Health, 1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1141, Oklahoma City, OK, 73117, or
•    Fax or mail completed registration form with copy of Purchase Order to 405.271.2630, or
•    To pay with a credit card visit our MarketPlace site.  (IMPORTANT NOTE:  The MarketPlace site will be offline for maintenance from Monday, September 21st at 11pm through Tuesday, September 22nd.  Registration through MarketPlace will not be available during this time.)

Print a registration form

Terms and conditions:

Check:   Make check payable to OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network and mail registration fees by  to:
Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1141
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Continuing Education Credits
All attendees will need to retain a copy of their certificate of attendance in the event of an audit.  Certificates of Attendance are available to Professional / Educator registrants only.

Approved CEUs

  • Certified Behavior Analysts:  The Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been authorized as a provider of Type II continuing education by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.  ACE Provider Number OP-18-2901.  -  2.5 CEU credits
  • Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marital and Family Therapists: State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure. - 2.5 CEU credits
    Note:  The LPC/LMFT boards are not required to approve CEU’s for trainings prior to presentations.  LPC/LMFT’s will need to submit their certificate of attendance to use towards their renewal.
  • OKDHS-DDS: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services. - 2.5 CEU credits
  • Social Workers:  Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers, CE Provider number: 20190027.  - 2.5 CEU credits

Pending CEUs

Continuing education approval has been submitted the following boards for up to 2.5 hours of CEU credit. 

  • Occupational Therapists: Occupational Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.  - 2.5 CEU credits
  • Physical Therapists: Physical Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. - 2.5 CEU credits
  • Psychologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists, The University of Oklahoma is an approved provider.  - 2.5 CEU credits
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists:  Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - 2.5 CEU credits


Following are trainings offered by the Oklahoma Autism Network.  If you are interested in hosting a training, please call (405) 271-7476 or email

Community Church Trainings 
Training for church staff related to supporting children with autism.  

Parent-led Organizations
The Oklahoma Autism Network has partnered with many parent-led organizations across the state to provide training on a variety of topics.  

Community Programs
The Oklahoma Autism Network can provide autism training for Community Programs.