Easterseals Central Illinois to Host Free Virtual Trainings During Autism Acceptance Month

Every year, communities rally together during the month of April to support individuals and families living with autism in Central Illinois, and across the globe. According to the CDC, 1 in 44 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a leading provider of autism services for children in our community, Easterseals Central Illinois has assembled our team of experts to provide four free trainings during the month of April.

Easterseals Central Illinois is proud to offer multidisciplinary, family centered care for children with developmental delays, disabilities and other special needs. Our experts are excited to offer a series of sessions that are designed to support families and professionals in several different areas. These trainings are for professionals, caregivers, community members or anyone interested in child development in general.

“We support over 5,000 families a year at Easterseals Central Illinois. We are excited to have an even larger impact by providing these free, virtual training to our community,” said Katlyn Linsley, BCBA and Manager of ABA services at Easterseals Central Illinois. “These sessions are useful for any caregiver, not just those caring for a child with autism. These strategies can improve the day-to-day lives of children and families regardless of ability level”.

TO REGISTER: Visit https://esci.link/AAM or call (309)686-1177

Autism 101 (Spanish)

Wednesday, April 6 5:30-7 pm

Hosted by: Mariela Munguía, BCBA

La orientación sobre nuevo diagnósticos de autismo (Autismo 101) está diseñada para ayudar a los padres, familiares y amigos a comprender los trastornos del espectro autista (TEA). Este programa beneficiará a cualquier familia con un niño que haya sido diagnosticado recientemente con un trastorno del espectro autista o para personas que sospechan que su conocido tenga autismo. Los participantes aprenderán; señales tempranas de autismo, qué es trastornos del espectro autista y cómo afectan a las personas, qué tipos de intervenciones están disponibles y qué recursos comunitarios que están disponibles para padres, familias y profesionales que viven/trabajan con TEA. https://esci.link/AAM


New Diagnosis Orientation

Wednesday, April 13 – 5:30-7:00 pm

Hosted by Jennifer Simpson, Manager of Care Coordination and Family Support

The Autism New Diagnosis Orientation (Autism 101) is designed to assist parents, extended family, and friends in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders -ASD. This program will benefit any family with a child who has been recently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participants will learn; what Autism Spectrum Disorders are and how they affect individuals, what types of interventions are available, and what community resources are available for parents, families, and professionals living/working with ASD. https://esci.link/AAM


Promoting Positive Food Experiences for Your Selective Eater

Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Hosted by: Alyssa Huschen, MOT, OTR/L and Michelle Bognanno, MA, CCCSLP/L

Join us to learn how to make mealtimes more positive, productive, and fun for the whole family. You are not alone in dealing with a selective eater at home! Many parents encounter children with difficult feeding patterns, making mealtime a stressful experience for the whole family. This training helps parents and caregivers understand why their child may struggle to eat a variety of foods, and that they are not responsible for creating the problem. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to make mealtimes more positive, productive, and fun for the whole family. https://esci.link/AAM


Behavior Basics

Wednesday, April 27, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Hosted by: Katlyn Linsley, BCBA and Manager of ABA services

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. https://esci.link/AAM

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