The General Professional Trainings are geared toward:  A) individuals who are paid to care for children with autism who are not family members including babysitters, nannies, live in nannies, au pairs, respite care workers/volunteers, daycare providers, and foster parents; B) paraprofessionals who are not licensed or certified including teaching assistants, instructional assistants, and registered behavioral technicians (RBTs); and C) licensed/certified professionals who have little to no experience in providing educational/therapeutic services to children with autism on the topic of the training.

These aim to provide education and training for autism service providers in order to elevate the standard of care for children with autism.

Certificates will be provided for all completed trainings.

We are also offering our professional trainings remotely via teleconference through  If you would like to attend any of the below trainings remotely, please indicate this on your registration information. See our Online Training for more information on the system requirements.

Specialized training:


2017 General Professional Trainings

Where: All trainings are held at Autism Community Network, 4242 Woodcock Dr. Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78228 AND online through
When: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $20 per person per training
Late registration (after 5 pm the day before the training) cost is $30

To register click below or call (210) 435-1000. For more information, contact


Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges in Children with ASD
Friday April 20
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
Is there a child under your care that is experiencing sensory difficulties? This training will inform professionals 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.


Methods to Teach Functional Communication
Tuesday May 22
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Is there a child under your care that is unable to express his/her wants and needs? This class will provide professionals information about the importance of teaching children a way to communicate. Various methods to teach functional communication will be discussed.


Strategies to Increase Independence in Daily Living Activities
Friday June 29
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Are you working with children who have difficulty learning skills that they needs to function independently every day? Paraprofessionals will learn various strategies to teach children daily living skills including personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, and self-feeding.




Toilet Training
Wednesday July 11
Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Are you interested in teaching toilet training? Toilet training a child on the autism spectrum can be challenging for professionals. In this training, participants will learn about toileting readiness signs, data collection, reinforcement techniques, and strategies to help troubleshoot specific toileting issues and sensory challenges.


Introduction to Autism
Tuesday August 14
Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
Would you like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders?
This training will provide professionals 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.


Understanding Feeding Challenges in Children with ASD
Friday September 21
Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT
Some children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have feeding difficulties affecting a child’s ability to properly function at home, school, and social settings. This can also impact physical, social, and psychological development. Participants will identify: (a) feeding issues of children with ASD, (b) myths about eating, and (c) the difference between picky eaters and feeding disorders.