What are Family Empowerment Classes? Family Empowerment Classes are classroom style classes providing  the educational tools necessary for families to maximize the potential of their child with autism.

Who can attend? Family Empowerment Classes are specifically designed for caretakers and loved ones of children (all ages) living with autism including, but not limited to, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster adoption parents. If you are a professional, paraprofessional, or student interested in our educational opportunities, see our professional training series.

What’s the cost? All Family Empowerment Classes are offered FREE of charge.

What topics do the Classes cover? Family Empowerment Classes are offered on a variety of topics related to caring for a child with autism. Click here for a list of topics.

When are the Classes? Family Empowerment Classes are scheduled on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm (Central Time). Scroll below for upcoming Family Empowerment Classes.

Can I request a Class on a different day? Family members can request to have a Family Empowerment Class hosted on another day which better fits their schedule. Click here for a list of topics. To request an On-Demand Family Empowerment Class, please contact Adriana Sanchez at adriana@acn-sa.org.

Do I need to register? Yes. Register only by clicking the name of the Family Empowerment Class below. Please note that you need to register two days before the Family Empowerment Class. If you haven’t registered, please call ahead to make sure the Family Empowerment Class is still scheduled and/or has not reached capacity.

Where are Classes held? Autism Community Network 4242 Woodcock Dr., Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78228, unless otherwise noted.

Do I have to attend in person? No. Remote live videoconferencing is available for all Family Empowerment Classes using http://www.zoom.us/. When you register, make sure to select that you will be attending via video-conference. One day prior to the training, you will receive an email with the link for the video-conference. To participate using this option, you must have a working webcam and microphone on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. For system requirements click here.

Who can I call if I have questions? If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Sanchez at adriana@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000. 

 

 

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
Wednesday March 21, 2018
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be utilized to decrease problem behavior and increase appropriate behavior in any child, including children with autism spectrum disorders. In fact, ABA is considered a best practice treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Caregivers will learn about basics of ABA and therapies based on ABA principles.

 

Ask a Therapist: Using ABA to Help Your Child with Autism
Wednesday March 28, 2018
12-2pm
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Do you have questions about how ABA can help your child with autism?
Come to our class to ask a BCBA specific questions. This class is an interactive class where all questions related to ABA are welcomed. Topics that will be discussed vary from How do I handle my child's challenging behaviors? to How can I help my child to communicate?

 

Strategies to Help Your Child Cope with Sensory Input
Friday April 13, 2018
9-12
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT   Is your child experiencing sensory difficulties? This class will inform caregivers  about various strategies that can be utilized to help children who have sensory challenges, including children with autism spectrum disorders, cope with sensory input in home, school, and community settings.

 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services
Wednesday April 18, 2018
9-12
Brighton Center                This program will instruct caregivers on a) special education laws and b) individualized support and how to understand and access the available resources to help their child’s education. Participants will receive a meal. Childcare is available with advanced notice.

A minimum of 12 participants is required to hold this class.

 

Brighton Center: Educational Series “Autism Supplement”
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9-12
Brighton Center                This program will instruct caregivers on a) special education laws for children with a diagnosis of Autism and b) individualized support and how to understand and access the available resources to help support their child’s education. Participants will receive a meal. Childcare is available with advanced notice.

A minimum of 12 participants is required to hold this class.

 

Methods to Teach Functional Communication
Tuesday May 1, 2018
9-12      
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Is your child unable to express his/her wants and needs? This class will provide caregivers information about the importance of teaching children a way to communicate. Various methods to teach functional communication will be discussed.

 

Addressing Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters
Friday May 11, 2018
9-12      
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
Is your child a picky eater? Come learn why some children do not eat and learn strategies that can help picky eaters, including children with autism spectrum disorders.

 

Introduction to Autism
Tuesday May 15, 2018
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders?
This class will provide caregivers with basic answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including defining ASD and describing its characteristics and diagnosis criteria. A general overview on treatments for ASD, with a focus on evidence-based practices, will also be presented.

 

Introducción al Autismo
Tuesday June 5, 2018
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA       
¿Le gustaría aprender más acerca de los trastornos del espectro autista?

Este taller ofrecerá a los cuidadores respuestas básicas acerca de los trastorno del espectro autista (TEA), incluyendo la definición de TEA y la descripción de sus características y criterios diagnósticos.  Un resumen sobre los tratamientos para el TEA, con un enfoque en los tratamientos basados en la evidencia científica, también será presentado.

 

Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities
Friday June 15, 2018
9-12      
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
Is it difficult for your child to learn skills that he/she needs to function independently every day?

Come learn about ways to teach your child various daily living skills including personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, and self-feeding.

 

Decreasing Challenging Behaviors
Tuesday June 26, 2018
9-12      
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Is your child's behavior sometimes difficult to handle?

This class will provide caregivers information on  how to prevent, replace, and respond to challenging behaviors. These strategies will help reduce the likelihood that your child will engage in the challenging behavior in the future.

 

Understanding and Using a Sensory Diet
Friday July 6, 2018
9-12      
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Has your child's therapist recommended a sensory diet? Would you like to know more about this important tool?

This class will provide caregivers with an understanding of what a sensory diet is and how it can be easily implemented into your child's daily routines.

 

Introduction to Autism
Tuesday July 17, 2018
9-12
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders?

This class will provide caregivers with basic answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including defining ASD and describing its characteristics and diagnosis criteria. A general overview on treatments for ASD, with a focus on evidence-based practices, will also be presented.

 

Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment
Wednesday July 25, 2018
9-12
Berenice de la Cruz Ph.D., BCBA-D
Do you want to learn more about Pivotal Response Treatment?

Pivotal Response Training is an evidence based practice for autism spectrum disorders. Come learn about a therapy that involves a naturalistic approach and focuses on your child's motivation to teach appropriate skills.

 

Improving Communication and Social Skills in Nonverbal children
using strategies from Hanen More Than Words program

Wednesday August 1, 2018
9-12
Toni Wilson, CCC-SLP     
NEW! Is your child nonverbal? This modified caregiver class teaches you strategies from the More Than Words Program to use in your day-to-day life with your child. You’ll discover how to take everyday activities like meal time, story time and bath time and use them to help your child improve his or her communication and social skills. You’ll have fun together while you’re doing it; it’s easy to understand and easy to put into practice at home!

 

Brighton Center: Special Education Support Services
Wednesday August 8, 2018
9-12
Brighton Center: This program will instruct caregivers on a) special education laws and b) individualized support and how to understand and access the available resources to help their child’s education. Participants will receive a meal. Childcare is available with advanced notice.

A minimum of 12 participants is required to hold this class.

 

 

Please contact Adriana Sanchez at adriana@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000, if you have further questions, or would like to register offline.  See a class that you would like to attend but that doesn’t fit into your schedule?  Contact Adriana to inquire about On-Demand Family Empowerment Classes.