Parent Training and Autism Workshops at SKHOV

At Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices we have an individualized parent training program as well as offer workshops to the community, parents and professionals. The Program is designed to deliver training to parents and other caregivers from the community that will enable them to work with their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home and community environments with the goal of generalizing behaviors across all domains.  We  instruct parents/caregivers on becoming effective teachers, offer resources, and support their advocacy efforts. 
Our instructors provide the following:
1.             Specific research findings concerning autism spectrum disorders.
2.             The framework used to design and implement each individualized instructional program, including assessments, interventions, educational materials and progress-monitoring practices for learning language, play and other functional skills.
3.             Evidence-based practices to guide the child’s caregiver in how to enhance the relationships within their family (e.g., communication, play and other skills).
4.             Practical and evidence-based instructional plans for caregivers to support the child’s in-school and/or home-based learning to help them progress in academic and functional skill areas.
5.             Tools to incorporate the use of technology into the caregiver program of instruction in order to increase the child’s focus on tasks, improve communication and ultimately enhance their achievement across all areas of learning.

According to each family’s situation, parents and other caregivers will be taught to implement instructional programs based on the principles of behavior.  The parent/caregiver will be taught to implement techniques based on ABA in the child’s natural environment during daily routine activities in their home and community.

Individualized parent training is provided through 1:1 sessions where parents/caregivers explain and describe specific behaviors and communicative concerns.  Following a brief description a Board Certified Behavior Analyst operationally defines the target behavior and identifies all the conditions that affect that behavior. A treatment plan is developed and data collection procedures are set in place with the collaborations of all team members. Finally, follow up individualized sessions are completed on an as-needed basis. The training helps parents control unwanted behaviors that occur outside of the school environment, reinforce what has been learned during the in-school/classroom experience, and prevent regression while supporting the objectives of the learning experience.  The training also extends the children’s training time, which has proven to improve success rates.  It also creates a collaboration between parents/caregivers and educators by partnering to reinforce positive children response patterns.

Many parents complain that children who have acquired skills in school (day programs) are not demonstrating these capabilities in the home and community. The Parent/Caretaker Training Program will help children achieve greater generalization of skills through reinforcement in the home. The barriers to acquiring the skills to participate in the children’s program would be 1. The willingness of the parent or caregiver to persevere until the child begins to respond; 2. The parent/caregivers’ capacity to handle the program; and 3. The level of responsibility they are willing to accept.  Workshop effectiveness is evaluated based on the pre and post surveys results.

The workshops are presented by professionals with expertise in specific areas in autism education and behavioral analysis.

The Workshops to be presented for the 2010-2011 year are:
Networking with your Child’s Team- Being a Strong Advocate.
Presented: November 18th, 2010
Communicating and understanding doctors, therapist, teachers, and administrators. Increasing Autism Awareness and keeping up with the research, assisting in fundraising for Autism and finding a cure.

Adaptive Daily Living Skills- the Road to Independence
Presented: January 13th, 2011
Toilet training: baseline, training and follow-up.
Self care skills: brushing teeth, dressing, showering, and eating.
Pre-Vocational skills: following a task analysis, activity schedules and PSI.
Teaching Communication in Different Ways
Understanding Non verbal communication: Using Augmentative communication in the home and in the community

Presented: March 24th, 2011
Alternative and augmentative communicational) assessment, training procedures and integration of AAC in everyday life.
Understanding Verbal communication: Verbal emersion, Verbal behavior, Verbal imitation and fluency.

Using Technology to Increase Independence & Learning
Presented: May 26th, 2011
Introduction to: Videos and internet resources
Software and interactive play
Social stories and PowerPoint
Preacademic and academic skills

To register or for more information:
By phone: 718.686.9600
By email: info@skhov.org
By mail: 4302 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11219
*please be sure to include your name, address, email and phone number and indicate which workshop you would like to attend!
Parent training program made possible by NYC Council Autism Initiative Funding Supported by Councilmembers Mark Weprin, Brad Lander and David Greenfield