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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Join Us Virtually for ConnectedKids: Building a Foundation with Families:  ABA Partnership Series

October 6, 2021 - December 15, 2021

Participation is limited to six families.  To learn more contact Ginger Wells at ginger-wells@ouhsc.edu

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 for children age 1 year to 6 years of age. We are excited to be offering this ConnectedKids program in an 11-week intensive, interactive, virtual format.  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 to Expect:

Included in the 11-Week Program:
To participate in this program you agree to and will have access to the following:

•  6 two-hour live webinars. The information presented during each session is based on what was learned during the prior session. Please see that the dates below work for your schedule and  that at least one parent or caregiver can commit to attending all sessions: All group training webinars are scheduled from 9:00AM-11:00AM
•  6 one-hour virtual coaching sessions with a member of the Oklahoma Autism Network team who will assist you to individualize the use of the learned strategies with your child during play and daily routines. One coaching session will be scheduled with you between each webinar training session.
•  Training materials and homework for you to practice strategies between training sessions.


Dates, Time, and Other Information:

Please see that the dates below work for your schedule and that at least one parent or caregiver can commit to attending all sessions: All group training webinars are scheduled from 9:00AM-11:00AM.                  

  • October 6, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • November 3, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 1, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
     
Cost:  $100 for the full program (limited offer)

For More Information Contact:

Ginger Wells, MSW at 405.271.2131 ext. 47117 or ginger-wells@ouhsc.edu

 

Honk!  The Ugly Duckling Musical                     

The Oklahoma Autism Network is excited to partner with Heritage Hall School to offer a sensory-friendly performance of their upcoming musical comedy, HONK! Saturday, October 2 at 3:00pm.  This opportunity is offered to children with disabilities and their family. 

This hilarious interpretation of “The Ugly Duckling” isn’t just for kids. When it originally hatched, HONK! won England's most prestigious theatre honor, the Olivier Award, for best musical and has since seen thousands of EGGciting productions around the world.  A tuneful score and themes of acceptance, inclusion, and fowl play make this a can’t-miss show for families.

Heritage Hall's Howard Theatre will remain dimly lit throughout the performance and jarring lighting and sound effects will be subdued.  Additionally, the theatre will be seated at half-capacity.

Date:  October 2, 2021
Time:  3:00 - 5:00pm  (check in starts at 2:30pm)
Location:  Heritage Hall School, Howard Theatre
                1800 NW 122nd
                 OKC, OK

Admission is free!  Registration is required and is now open.  To register visit our  MarketPlace site.    

Masks are required for anyone over the age of three.  Accessible seating is limited.  Please contact us if this is a need.

 

 

 

On a Road to Somewhere?  Anywhere?  And How on Earth Do We Get There?
Creating a Road of Possibilities During the Middle Childhood Years

Recorded webinars now available to view below. 

Middle childhood (ages 6 – 12) can sometimes get lost in the shuffle between early childhood and adolescence.  Many families raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) begin their journey during the toddler and early childhood years.  These years can be filled with specialist appointments, diagnostic evaluations, early intervention and early childhood education.  When the child and family emerge from early childhood, they know adolescence and the transition to adulthood is coming but there can be uncertainty about what to do during those middle years between early childhood and adolescence.  

In this three-part webinar series, parents and professionals will be introduced to a variety of topics and skill areas that can become part of the middle childhood years so families and individuals with ASD can continue to thrive.  Each webinar is 60 minutes long. 

Part 1 --- Adaptive Skills for Everyday Life

  Watch Adaptive Skills for Everyday Life Webinar

  Download Adaptive Skills for Everyday Life Webinar Worksheet


Part 2 --- Healthy Living

  Watch Healthy Living Webinar

  Download Healthy Living Skills Webinar Worksheet


Part 3 --- Connection, Friendships, and Joy

 

No CEUs are provided for this training series.


Session descriptions:

Part 1:  Adaptive Skills for Everyday Life

Adaptive skills, the skills we need to meet the demands of our day, are an essential part of the journey to adulthood and greater independence. The earlier these skills can be introduced, the more time can be given to practicing and mastering these important skills. In this session, participants will be introduced to a selection of adaptive skills that can be targeted during the middle childhood years (6 – 12 years of age). Personal self-care, chores and household tasks, and puberty-related hygiene skills will be highlighted.

Part 2:  Healthy Living
One aspect of living an enviable life includes living a life filled with wellness and good health. Healthy eating, restorative sleep, balanced electronic use, and enjoyable physical activity are all parts of creating and maintaining good physical health. In this session, we will discuss the significance of healthy lifestyle habits and consider different ways individuals, families, and providers can focus on these skills when supporting children ages 6-12.

Part 3:  Connections, Friendships, and Joy
Please join us for the last webinar of the Middle Childhood series as we dive into the significance of joy and friendship in the lives of our loved ones with ASD. Specifically, we will explore the role that executive function plays as the behavioral building blocks of friendship. We will also highlight skills to consider when building capacity and confidence in regard to friendships during the middle childhood years. 

 

Expanded Series: Creating a Road of Possibilities During the Middle Childhood Years

Beginning August 2021 we are offering a brand new series of trainings to expand upon our middle childhood series.  Join us to learn more about how to maximize the middle childhood years for your child or for children you serve.  We encourage you to watch the recorded Creating a Road of Possibilities During the Middle Childhood Years webinar series as a foundation prior to joining us for these live sessions.   

Registration is open for the October 21st webinar.  To register visit our MarketPlace site.

Recordings available for the August and September webinars in this series:

Creating Opportunities for Friendships
   Watch the Creating Opportunities for Friendship Webinar

Download the Creating Opportunities for Friendship Webinar Worksheet

 

Promoting Physical Activity for Health and Well Being

  Watch the Promoting Physical Activity for Health and Well Being Webinar

 
Download the Promoting Physical Activity for Health and Well Being Webinar Worksheet
 

Upcoming Webinars: 

October 21, 2021 --- Personal Care Daily Life Skills - Registration is open.  To register visit our Marketplace site.
12:00 - 12:45 pm: 
Presentation
12:45 - 1:00pm: Questions and Answers
Adaptive skills, the skills we need to meet the demands of our day, are an essential part of the journey to adulthood and greater independence.  The earlier these skills can be introduced, the more time can be given to practicing and mastering these important skills.  This session will take a closer look at the skills related to personal self-care during the middle childhood years (6-12 years of age).  Strategies for teaching personal care skills such as getting dressed, bathing/showering and puberty-related hygiene skills will be discussed. 

 

November 11, 2021 --- Teaching Chores and Household Tasks

December 9, 2021 --- Balancing Technology Use

 

 

 

 

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

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


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.

Join Us October 28, 2021 for a Presentation from Dr. John Guercio - Registration is Open!                                                                     

Assessment of Adult and Adolescent Core Competencies: Teaching Skills to Adults and Adolescents with Autism and Severe Behavioral Challenges

This training will cover comprehensive assessment protocols as they apply to serving adults and adolescents with autism and other intellectual disabilities (ID). The information will go beyond basic functional assessment tools and methodology to cover environmental assessment measures as well as the ability of the person with ID to fully pursue their values and goals that they have set for themselves.

A fully operationalized set of what we call “measures of wellbeing” will be reviewed along with their impact on those that we serve. The ability of these measures of wellbeing to ameliorate severe aggressive behavior will also be covered. A complete assessment and intervention tool for working with adults with ASD and other intellectual disabilities and severe aggressive behavior will also be covered.

 

John M. Guercio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CBIST, LBA

Dr. Guercio has spent much of his career researching effective staff training protocols and behavior intervention strategies for staff and clients in settings where severe aggression is present. Since obtaining his master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Guercio has worked in settings serving as Director of Behavioral Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and as Vice President of Clinical Services and Research at the Judevine Center for Autism/TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the behavior analysis department at Washington University, St. Louis University and Central Missouri University. He has also given more than 500 presentations at behavioral conferences and authored and/or co-authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as written several book chapters related to the treatment of intensive behavioral issues. He has authored or co-authored 2 books; Assessment of Adult Core Competencies: Teaching Skills to Adults with Autism and Severe Behavioral Challenges; and Behavioral Relaxation Training Clinical Applications with Diverse Populations.

Dr. Guercio serves on the Board of Editors of Behavior Analysis Research and Practice and a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In his career, Dr. Guercio has helped design and run a program for individuals with sexually deviant behavior and substance abuse issues and has developed an entire treatment protocol based upon that program.  In his current role at Benchmark Human Services, Dr. Guercio serves as the Clinical Director. He develops and delivers behavioral services for clients with significant aggression and high risk behavioral needs, many of whom have been institutionalized for more than 15 years, often under restraints and heavy medication. Through Dr. Guercio’s leadership, many clients’ medication dosages have decreased and, they have developed positive compensatory behaviors and are being integrated into the community. Dr. Guercio currently serves on the ABAI Licensing Committee and is a board member of the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis.


Details:

Date:  October 28, 2021
Time:  8:00am - 11:45am
Location:  Virtual

 

Registration:  Registration is open!

Registrant Type        Professional/Educator*      DDS         Provider* Family   Member/     Individual with ASD          Student
Cost          $45       $20          $20     $20
Certificate of Attendance/CEUs        Yes       Yes           No      No

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*If you would like to receive a Certificate of Attendance or professional development/ CEUs, you must register at the Professional/ Educator level or be a DDS Provider.

How to Register:

You may register online paying with a credit card by visiting our Marketplace site.

To register by check or Purchase Order, download the registration form.  Send a complete registration form for each registrant along with payment as instructed below.  Submit all registration forms together with payment.  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Check:  Make check payable to OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network and mail registration fees by October 21, 2021. 
Purchase Order:  Make purchase order payable to OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network.   Fax or mail completed registration form with copy of Purchase Order.

Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1141
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Fax:  405.271.2630

Refunds:

There are no refunds for this training.  In lieu of cancellation a substitute may take your place for the training.  Substitute request and information must be submitted via email to okautism@ouhsc.edu no later than October 22nd.


Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education approval will be applied for with the following boards for 3.0 contact hours CEU credit. 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 and DDS registrants only.
 

Approved

Board 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.    

Social Workers: Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers, CE Provider number: 20210027

Pending

Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marital and Family Therapists: State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure.

Occupational Therapists: Occupational Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

Psychologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists, The University of Oklahoma is an approved provider.   

Physical Therapists: Physical Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.