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The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center offers tailored trainings and workshops to meet the needs of various groups, including parents, educators, medical professionals, community agencies and more! For availability, pricing, and discussion about your group’s needs, please contact us at [email protected].

Training and Workshop topics include:

Autism 101: Understanding Autism and Related Services

Hearing that a child is being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can be a life changing event. Those that are present to support the family during that time can have enormous influence on the long-term trajectory of that child and family. How we discuss and support families around an autism diagnosis needs to be individualized and culturally sensitive, though also medically accurate. In this training, “Autism 101: Understanding Autism and Related Services,” participants will be better informed of the identifying symptoms and diagnostic criteria for ASD, learn strategies for navigating difficult conversations pre and post diagnosis, gain essential resource knowledge, and learn from first-hand parent accounts of these early experiences. 

Resource Trainings

Autism Specialists work with parents and professionals to educate them about resources for those affected by ASD. Resource trainings can include:

  • Public benefits enrollment (DDS and SSI)
  • Insurance benefits (ARICA coverage, Mass Health, CBHI program)
  • Community support agencies

Transition to Adulthood Planning

An overview of resources and supports available to assist transition-aged youth and their families. This presentation can cover the following topics, with a particular emphasis on person-centered and meaningful, individualized planning:

  • School services
  • Independence and life skills
  • Guardianship
  • Adult service agencies
  • Government benefits
  • Employment

Navigating ASD: An Innovative Culturally Diverse Parent Support Model

Boston Medical Center’s Parent Leadership in Autism Network (PLAN) is a unique parent to parent support program that matches trained parents with expertise and experience to others in need. This workshop will prepare participants to understand the caregiver experience, gain resource information and learn how to implement a similar model.

Considering Culture and Family Engagement

In our increasingly diverse population, it is critically important to consider cultural and linguistic differences when forming alliances with families. These differences often affect perceptions around the diagnosis, treatment, and education of their affected children. This class will address techniques for fostering family participation in the education process as well as tips for avoiding alienation and disengagement.

Safety, Sexuality and Autism

From a young age, it is important for children to learn about personal and body safety. This training will focus on helping children the concept of privacy, knowing who can and can’t help with personal hygiene, and understanding the difference between good touching and bad touching. General safety topics will be covered as well, including safeguarding one’s home and dealing with bolting behaviors.