Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month Trainings

Working together to ensure that every child can reach their full potential

Easterseals Central Illinois works to ensure that children in our community can reach their full potential. We have experts in a variety of aspects related to autism services, and we are thrilled to be able to share that expertise with the community during Autism Awareness Month (April).  These sessions are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required and seating is limited.  Questions? Please contact Tammy Wright at TWright@eastersealsci.com or call (309)686-1177.

Peoria Events 

Bloomington Events 


 AAC and Autism: An Introduction to LAMP

Tuesday, April 9th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented by: Alex Frank, MS. Central Illinois Regional Consultant Prentke Romich Company

 

This training will offer an introduction to the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapy approach. The goal of the LAMP approach is to give individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through the use of voice output augmentative alternative communication (AAC). Participants will learn briefly about the key elements of the approach and how these elements influence the design of an AAC language system. Demonstration and video examples will be used throughout the class. This training is appropriate for SLPs, OTs, ATPs, educators, family members, and others who are interested in learning more about the LAMP approach. Please note, this is not a comprehensive LAMP training.    

Click here to register for AAC and Autism on April 9th in Peoria


  AUTISM 101

Saturday, April 13th from 9:00am-11:00am

Easterseals Bloomington Service Center located at 2404 E. Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704

Presented By Trista Smith, Behavioral Services Graduate Intern, Easterseals Central Illinois

 

Autism 101 is designed to assist parents, extended family and friends in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Designed to be the first step in a family's journey to gain introductory ASD information, the program will benefit any family with a child who has been recently diagnosed with ASD. During the session, participants will learn: What Autism Spectrum Disorders are and how they affect individuals, Types of interventions that are available for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Community resources available for parents, families and professionals living/working with individuals with ASD.

Click here to register for Autism 101 in Peoria on April 13th


 Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Thursday, April 18th from 5:30-6:30pm

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented By Meghan Day, Occupational Therapist, and Kaitlyn Schlink, Occupational Therapy Student, Easterseals Central Illinois

In this session you will learn about  usensory processing disorder and how sensory difficulties impact children on the autism spectrum. This will be an open discussion to help you understand and manage your child’s sensory preferences and challenges. Additionally, we will focus on the developing a “sensory lifestyle” to help your child be successful throughout their daily routines.

Click here to register for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder on April 18th in Peoria


 Occupational Therapy and Counseling Panel Discussion and Q&A

Thursday, April 18th from 6:30-7:00pm

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented By Meghan Day, Occupational Therapist, Kaitlyn Schlink, Occupational Therapy Student, Laura Gibbs, LCPC, and Charlotte Uteg, LCPC, Easterseals Central Illinois

Our experts answer your questions about Occupational Therapy and Counseling for children  on the autism spectrum in a panel format.

Click here to register for the Panel Discussion and Q&A on April 18th in Peoria


 Autism and Anxiety

Thursday, April 18th from 7:00-8:00pm

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented By Laura Gibbs, LCPC, and Charlotte Uteg, LCPC, Easterseals Central Illinois

Children on the autism spectrum are up to three times more likely to experience clinically significant anxiety symptoms. Information on how to recognize anxiety symptoms and strategic ideas on how to support the child will be provided.

Click here to register for Autism and Anxiety on April 18th in Peoria


 

 Safety Care For Families

Friday, April 19th from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented By The Autism Program (TAP)

Join us for this FREE workshop specifically designed for parents and caregivers of individuals with developmental differences who are experiencing challenging behaviors. This workshop is designed to provide a basic set of prevention skills for working with challenging behaviors. Topics will include: The ABC’s of challenging behavior, Creating a supporting environment, Positive interaction strategies, Avoidance of power struggles, Identifying triggers and signals, De-escalation strategies, Creating a family safety plan and Safety away from the home.

Click here to register for Safety Care on April 19th in Peoria


 Behavior Basics

Monday, April 22nd from 4:00–5:00 pm

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented by Katlyn Linsley, BCBA, Easterseals Central Illinois and President of the Central Illinois Autism Association

Behavior Basics will cover the ground level of why kids do the things they do. Tips will be given on how to reduce problem behaviors and increase the good behaviors everyone is looking for. This workshop is perfect for parents, grandparents, babysitters, or teachers who need an entry level knowledge of behavior management. This is presented in conjunction with the Central Illinois Autism Association.

Click here to register for Behavior Basics on April 22nd in Peoria


 

 Behavior Basics

Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-6:00pm

Easterseals Bloomington Service Center located at 2404 E. Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704

Presented by Hallie Johnson, BCBA, Easterseals Central Illinois

Behavior Basics will cover the ground level of why kids do the things they do. Tips will be given on how to reduce problem behavior and increase the good behaviors everyone is looking for. This workshop is perfect for parents, grandparents, babysitters, or teachers who need an entry level knowledge of behavior management.

Click here to register for Behavior basics on April 23rd in Bloomington  


  AUTISM 101

Saturday, April 27th from 9:00-11:00am

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented By Trista Smith, Behavioral Services Graduate Intern, Easterseals Central Illinois

Autism 101 is designed to assist parents, extended family and friends in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Designed to be the first step in a family's journey to gain introductory ASD information, the program will benefit any family with a child who has been recently diagnosed with ASD. During the session, participants will learn: What Autism Spectrum Disorders are and how they affect individuals, Types of interventions that are available for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Community resources available for parents, families and professionals living/working with individuals with ASD.

Click here to register for Autism 101 on April 27th in Peoria


 

 Make It Take It Sensory Bottles: How these can be used at home for calming and other engaging activities

Monday, April 29th from 6:00-7:00pm

Easterseals Peoria Service Center 507 E. Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

Presented by Marybeth Arduini, Family Navigator, Easterseals Central Illinois and Malinda Radloff of Connected Pediatric Intervention.

Parents spend more time with their children than all of their teachers and therapist combined. Come learn some new ways to help your child while simultaneously having fun and connecting with other parents.  This is an interactive, make it take it event. While the attendees are making their calming bottles, strategies to calm and engage your child in interactive play will be presented. This is presented in conjunction with Connected Pediatric Therapy.

Click here to register for Make It Take It Sensory Bottles on April 29th in Peoria

 

 

 

 

 


Last updated: March 25, 2019

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