Webinars

Type of Webinar:

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how sensory differences may impact an autistic person throughout their lifetime.
  • Develop an understanding that the sensory solutions that one may employ to overcome undesirable sensory input are often considered problematic behaviors instead of recognizing that the individual is problem-solving and figuring out their sensory differences.
  • More...
Watch the Autism and Sensory Processing: Self-Advocacy and Strategies webinar
This webinar will provide an overview of sensory systems and how differences manifest. Participants will learn common terminology, which will allow them to understand and discuss sensory differences when working with students, teachers, administrators and parents. Sensory supports and strategies within the school and home environments will also be highlighted. Watch the Sensory Processing: Part 1 webinar

This webinar will focus on the unique characteristics of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This webinar will discuss some of the early red flags of an Autism Spectrum Disorder in very young children, and how the areas of communication, social and behavior are impacted. Information will be shared on simple strategies for young children with Autism and what steps families and caregivers can take if they suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Watch the Autism and the Very Young Child webinar

Participants will understand:

  1. Why we should teach human sexuality education to individuals with ASD
  2. Guidelines for teaching learners with ASD about human sexuality
  3. Strategies for teaching human sexuality education
Watch the Transition Planning for Individuals with ASD: Part 3 of 4: The Central Importance of Sexual Education in ASD webinar

Participants will develop an understanding of:

  • The principles of positive reinforcement

  • The priorities of instruction in transition programming

    (work/social/navigation skills)

  • The transition profile areas of focus

  • The sphere of intervention and more

Watch the Transition Planning for Individuals with ASD: Part 2 of 4 webinar

Learner Objectives • Understanding assessment and the team approach • Identify evidence based procedures to help with restricted food preference or textures

Watch the Picky Eaters Facts and Interventions Part 2 webinar

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify estimated prevalence of feeding problems in children with ASD
2. Understand different examples of feeding & eating challenges
3. Recognize ethical considerations treating feeding issues in school settings
4. Identify behavioral assessment factors to emphasize or adapt for children with autism

Watch the Picky Eaters Part 1: Part 1- Prevalence, Eating Challenges, Ethics, and Assessment webinar
Because autism is a traumatic event on the individual we often see comorbid expressions that are also seen in trauma, stress and anxiety related disorders. Distinguishing between these comorbidities can be difficult, even for professionals. There are a few key indicators that can tell us whether autism is the primary diagnosis and assist us in directing treatment for individuals.
Watch the Autism and Mental Health Part 2 webinar

Because autism is a traumatic event on the individual we often see comorbid expressions that are also seen in trauma, stress and anxiety related disorders. Distinguishing between these comorbidities can be difficult, even for professionals. There are a few key indicators that can tell us whether autism is the primary diagnosis and assist us in directing treatment for individuals.

Watch the Autism and Mental Health Part 1 webinar

 Making Math Meaningful for Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, strategies for making math topics meaningful for students.

Watch the Making Math Meaningful: Part 2 webinar

Task Analysis for Math Topics, including strategies for identifying valid learning objectives, breaking them into small parts, and then using task analysis as an assessment tool.

Watch the Making Math Meaningful: Part 1 webinar

The second webinar will provide a framework for developing quality literacy instruction for individuals with ASD. We will define what it means to balance holistic and explicit instruction, and briefly describe literacy approaches for individuals emerging, developing, and using conventional literacy skills. While this session does not provide detailed instructional practices, participants will gain a framework for quality literacy instruction applicable to their individual learners, and link this to the reading profiles previously discussed. 

Watch the Reading Comprehension & the Autism Spectrum - Part 2 webinar

This two-part webinar series is designed as an introduction into reading comprehension for individuals with autism spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In the first webinar, participants will learn about the cognitive profiles common in autism and the influence of these on reading comprehension. Participants will also learn about the reading comprehension process, and the intersection of reading and cognition in ASD. 

Watch the Reading Comprehension & the Autism Spectrum - Part 1 webinar

Providing evidence-based educational programming for students on the Autism Spectrum relies on a careful selection of focused approaches that have been shown to promote the acquisition of specific skills or the reduction of behaviors that are interfering with learning and social engagement in the classroom. Based upon current systematic reviews, nearly three-dozen approaches are considered effective at promoting such positive outcomes.

Watch the A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for the Autism Spectrum: The importance of Social and Emotional Development Part 2 webinar

Providing evidence-based educational programming for students on the Autism Spectrum relies on a careful selection of focused approaches that have been shown to promote the acquisition of specific skills or the reduction of behaviors that are interfering with learning and social engagement in the classroom. Based upon current systematic reviews, nearly three-dozen approaches are considered effective at promoting such positive outcomes.

Watch the A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for the Autism Spectrum: The importance of Social and Emotional Development Part 1 webinar
  • Participants will learn strategies for moving structured play into the natural environment using a variety of visual supports.

  • Participants will learn ways to structure common play items to increase purposeful play.

  • Participants will develop an understanding of how to incorporate peers and friendship skills into structured play opportunities. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Incorporating Play into the Natural Environment webinar

This webinar is the third in a series of four webinars for early childhood educators. Today we will focus on teaching beginning object base play and then how to teach students to build more complex play schemes.. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Teaching Object Based Play webinar

This webinar is the second in a series of four for early childhood educators. Today we will focus on preparing ourselves for purposeful play. We will begin to explore the important role adults can take in helping children with developmental delays learn to interact, communicate and play. You will be introduced to strategies that facilitate interaction during those times when playing, communicating and socializing is the goal. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Preparing for Purposeful Play webinar

This webinar is the first in a series of four for early childhood educators. Today we will focus on joint engagement and joint attention. You will be introduced to applicable strategies to facilitate these developmental milestones in your classroom. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Joint Engagement and Joint Attention strategies webinar

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1) Identify several types of visual supports to use with secondary students with ASD in the areas of:

  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Behavior
Watch the Communication, Behavior and Social Supports for Secondary Students with ASD webinar

In this webinar, participants will be introduced to how to choose appropriate routines to use Task Analysis. We will discuss how prompts and cues can develop or hinder independence and methods to teach the skills we want to teach. 

Watch the Developing Routines and Independence Using Task Analysis webinar

Visual supports are an evidence-based practice that, if used correctly, promote independence by providing meaning and predictability for individuals with ASD.

During this presentation, we will discuss the steps for developing and implementing visual supports for all students. The examples provided will show how these visual supports might look at the middle and high school level. 

Watch the Programing for Middle & High School Students: Developing and Implementing Age-Appropriate Visual Supports for School and Community webinar

Learner Objectives

Identify several assessments and curriculum guides that will assist with the development of age appropriate goals and objectives for middle and high school, and transition students with ASD.

Identify several priorities of instruction for secondary students with ASD.

Watch the Assessments and Curriculum Guides for Secondary Students with ASD webinar

Presentation Summary

  • Catatonia is a treatable condition that can be identified based on symptoms.

  • Deterioration in psychomotor functioning and an increase in unresponsiveness are red flags for catatonia in ASD.

  • Both medical and psychological interventions are recommended for individuals with ASD and catatonia. 

Watch the Catatonia and ASD: Hidden in Plain Sight Part 2 webinar

Presentation Summary

  • Catatonia is associated with ASD

  • Characteristics of catatonia overlap with ASD

  • The history of catatonia is complex

  • Catatonia can be life threatening and requires its own treatment 

Watch the Catatonia and ASD: Hidden in Plain Sight webinar
This presentation will focus on the use of visual structure of tasks in order to capitalize on the visual strengths of the learners. The three components of visual structure will be presented: visual instructions, visual organization, and visual clarity.
Watch the Elements of Structure: Visual Structure of Tasks: Part 5 webinar

This presentation will focus on the relationship between work systems and routines, the importance of teaching routines to help make the environment more meaningful, and support the development of strategies as a foundation for independence in all students. 

Watch the Elements of Structure: Routines & Strategies: Part 4 webinar
Visual Schedules and Work Systems are the next two steps in learning about the Elements of Structured Teaching. Each of these elements has key skills associated with them for the student to master, and a specific means for teachers to assess and individualize them for their students. Watch the Elements of Structure: Assessing Student Schedules and Structured Work Systems: Part 3 webinar
Physical Structure is the first step in learning about the Elements of Structured Teaching. It is the foundation upon which all of the other components are added. The Overall Classroom Schedule is developed once the Physical Structure of the space is in place. This schedule contains information critical to the organization, management, and flow of the program. Watch the Elements of Structure: Physical Structure & Overall Classroom Schedules: Part 2 webinar

Presented by: Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP Speech and Language Pathologist 

Watch the Executive Functioning Skills: STOP webinar

Presented by: Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP Speech and Language Pathologist 

Presentation Summary

  • A New Understanding of Executive Function: the 360 ThinkingTM Model

  • The key features of situational awareness: Space, Time, Objects, People

Watch the “Job Talk” - Developing Independent Executive Function Skills webinar
Presented by Dawna Sigurdson Ed.S.
with contributions from Sharon Krupa-Sirotek, Ph.D. LLC

This is the second in a series of Executive Function webinars developed as a part of the Tri-State Collaboration. Executive Function isa complex set of skills that has a profound impact on individuals with autism across the spectrum. The ability to use strategies in the component areas of executive function is integral to student success in academic and social environments.

Watch the Executive Functioning: A Closer Look webinar

Presented by: Sharon Krupa-Sirotek, Ph.D. Content Collaborator: Dawna Sigurdson, Ed.S. 

Executive Function (EF) is an umbrella term comprising a wide range of cognitive processes often called higher order thinking that are responsible for managing and directing mental, emotional and behavioral functions. (Chan, 2007)

Watch the Introduction to Executive Function webinar
Presented by: Cara Woudy M.Ed., CAGS

  1. The participants will determine the needs of their students by utilizing the appropriate social skills assessment tools.

  2. The participants will be able to describe strengths and needs of students with emerging social communication skills.

  3. The participants will be able to explain the impact that social skills have on student access to relationships, education, different environments and quality of life.

Watch the Expanding The World Through Social Development: Your “Wh” Questions Emerging Social Communicators webinar

Presented by: Jamie Lewis, MS OTR/L Nebraska

Social skills instruction should be a critical part of EACH and EVERY day for students with ASD. The curriculum and activities have to be planned and implemented with as much consideration, if not more than math, literacy and every other area.

Watch the Expanding The World Through Social Development: Your “Wh” Questions -Early Social Communicators webinar

Presented by: Sharon Krupa-Sirotek, Ph.D. Content Collaborator: Cara Woundy, M.Ed. 

Autism Spectrum Disorders is increasing in our population. Schools need to create a systematic process to help staff and families identify students who may have ASD so they receive appropriate services.

This webinar is designed to help identify key characteristics of ASD and help create a process of educational identification of ASD. 

Watch the Educational Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders webinar

Participants will:

  • Learn the definition of bullying        
  • Gain information on the social-ecological model of bullying
  • Be introduced to a variety of resources for dealing with bullying
  • Understand the current research findings on bullying and students with ASD
Watch the Bullying and the Autism Spectrum webinar

Presented by: Anna Huynh 

The purpose of this webinar is to expand our thinking and introduce proactive approaches to serving children and families from poverty in a way that builds connections in and out of school.

Watch the Working with Students and Parents From Poverty webinar
Presented by Pam Williamson Ph.D. & Christina Carnahan, Ed.D. Watch the ASD and Literacy Part 1 webinar
This presentation provides an overview of the characteristics, learning styles and effective supports for individuals with high functioning autism. Watch the Introduction to High Functioning Autism webinar

This is an introduction to the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. It includes a brief overview of effective supports for individuals with ASD and a review of Nebraska resources.  

Watch the Autism Spectrum Disorders 101 - Nebraska ASD Network webinar