Education


The Autism Society is committed to educating people about autism and various interventions.  In addition to families who live with autism every day, we also work to help members of the community understand the disorder.  We can send written material on a wide variety of autism-related topics and, with enough lead time, provide speakers.  We also make a point to inform our constituents about trainings, workshops, and presentations around the region.  As resources allow, we sponsor educational programs and offer scholarships so that parents can attend conferences.  We are always looking for ways to collaborate on educational initiatives.

Upcoming Events

Jun
19
Mon
Summer Culinary Exploration @ College Living Experience
Jun 19 @ 9:30 am – Jun 23 @ 3:30 pm

Calling all foodies: If you love to eat food, cook food, watch the food channel, or love to try different cuisine options then this is a summer experience you don’t want to miss. Join us for a week of learning as we cook up some of our own culinary creations and partake and critique a variety of cuisines from local restaurants. Tour local restaurant kitchens and participate in a Meet & Greet with Austin area chefs.

Jun
29
Thu
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Hutto Autism Support Group

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December.

New time: 7:00- 8:30 PM

Hutto Discovery United Methodist Church

350 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634

Up Coming Topics

July 28 –  “Behavior Therapy and the Services of Blue Bonnet Trails ”  Shannon Struble

If you need child care please contact me and I will arrange it for you.

Meetings are informal and open to all who are affect by autism.  There is no charge for attending. Feel free to join us for whatever time you can spare.

A special thank you to Hutto United Methodist Church for facilitating a place to meet!

For more information contact Jeanne McMenimen, aalakazam@msn.com(623) 931-1640

Jul
13
Thu
UCLA PEERS Social Skills Group: Informational Seminar @ Sandbox ABA
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

How is your social life? Not so great? We can help! PEERS is an interactive experience created at UCLA to teach teenagers and adolescents core skills for making and keeping friends. Practice your skills in a low- stress, supportive group with others like you.

Topics:
Which Friends Are Right For You, What People Like To Talk About, Hang-Outs,
Texting and Social Media, Bullying and Teasing, And More…!

Sign-in begins at 5:45 P.M., and the presentation will be followed by individual intake interviews for those who wish to participate. Looking for participants ages 11-18 for Junior and Senior Groups. Parent and participant must be present at the initial interview. If either is unable to attend, interview will be scheduled for a later date.

Jul
17
Mon
Beyond Coping: From Grief to Transformation and Anywhere in Between @ VELA
Jul 17 all-day

Join other families of children with special needs for a free hands-on workshop to learn about transforming from an ostrich to a peacock and how to make sense of your emotions. You are not alone.
Open to all caregivers of children with special needs

Jul
27
Thu
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Hutto Autism Support Group

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December.

New time: 7:00- 8:30 PM

Hutto Discovery United Methodist Church

350 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634

Up Coming Topics

July 28 –  “Behavior Therapy and the Services of Blue Bonnet Trails ”  Shannon Struble

If you need child care please contact me and I will arrange it for you.

Meetings are informal and open to all who are affect by autism.  There is no charge for attending. Feel free to join us for whatever time you can spare.

A special thank you to Hutto United Methodist Church for facilitating a place to meet!

For more information contact Jeanne McMenimen, aalakazam@msn.com(623) 931-1640

Aug
24
Thu
Safety Awareness – Shape It Training @ The Shape of Behavior
Aug 24 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join The Shape of Behavior for a free educational opportunity to learn about safety awareness considerations and techniques for children with autism and other special needs. This is a free presentation and training led by our Austin-based BCBA.

Childcare is provided! The schedule is as follows:

6:45 – 7:00 – Registration/Refreshments
7:00 – 8:00 – Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 – Q&A Session
8:15 – 8:30 – Closing

Please RSVP with Christina Westendorf via email to austin@shapeofbehavior.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aug
31
Thu
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Hutto Autism Support Group

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December.

New time: 7:00- 8:30 PM

Hutto Discovery United Methodist Church

350 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634

Up Coming Topics

July 28 –  “Behavior Therapy and the Services of Blue Bonnet Trails ”  Shannon Struble

If you need child care please contact me and I will arrange it for you.

Meetings are informal and open to all who are affect by autism.  There is no charge for attending. Feel free to join us for whatever time you can spare.

A special thank you to Hutto United Methodist Church for facilitating a place to meet!

For more information contact Jeanne McMenimen, aalakazam@msn.com(623) 931-1640

Sep
28
Thu
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Hutto Autism Support Group

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December.

New time: 7:00- 8:30 PM

Hutto Discovery United Methodist Church

350 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634

Up Coming Topics

July 28 –  “Behavior Therapy and the Services of Blue Bonnet Trails ”  Shannon Struble

If you need child care please contact me and I will arrange it for you.

Meetings are informal and open to all who are affect by autism.  There is no charge for attending. Feel free to join us for whatever time you can spare.

A special thank you to Hutto United Methodist Church for facilitating a place to meet!

For more information contact Jeanne McMenimen, aalakazam@msn.com(623) 931-1640

Oct
26
Thu
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Hutto Autism Support Group

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December.

New time: 7:00- 8:30 PM

Hutto Discovery United Methodist Church

350 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634

Up Coming Topics

July 28 –  “Behavior Therapy and the Services of Blue Bonnet Trails ”  Shannon Struble

If you need child care please contact me and I will arrange it for you.

Meetings are informal and open to all who are affect by autism.  There is no charge for attending. Feel free to join us for whatever time you can spare.

A special thank you to Hutto United Methodist Church for facilitating a place to meet!

For more information contact Jeanne McMenimen, aalakazam@msn.com(623) 931-1640

Nov
9
Thu
Positive Toilet Training – Shape It Training @ The Shape of Behavior
Nov 9 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Please join The Shape of Behavior for a free educational opportunity to learn about positive potty training in children with autism and other special needs. This is a free presentation and training led by our Austin-based BCBA.

Childcare is provided! The schedule is as follows:

6:45 – 7:00 – Registration/Refreshments
7:00 – 8:00 – Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 – Q&A Session
8:15 – 8:30 – Closing

Please RSVP with Christina Westendorf via email to austin@shapeofbehavior.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Recent Posts

June News (6/2/2017) - The June newsletter is packed full of information! We’re starting a new group for girls with autism, and a run club for individuals with autism and their families! We also have an Access-Austin interest meeting this month (adult vocational program), and our First Responder Morning on June 11th which is a free event for kids […]
May News (5/30/2017) -          To read about what’s going on in May click below: May Newsletter May Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
April Newsletter & April Mid-Month News (4/5/2017) - The April mid-month newsletter is out! See what’s happening the last two weeks of April!  Read it here. Read all about what’s happening at the Autism Society of Texas in April! We are grateful to have numerous partnerships with local businesses, excited about our upcoming Talent Show, and can’t wait for our Texas Autism Advocacy Day […]
Autism Awareness Month Newsletter: Everything You Need to Know! (3/24/2017) - Read our special edition Autism Awareness Newsletter here. April is right around the corner! At the Autism Society of Texas, we’re excited to promote not only awareness, but also acceptance, for everyone affected by autism. We have many events happening throughout the month, including City Proclamations declaring Autism Awareness Month, fundraisers at Chuy’s, Kendra Scott, Cookie […]
April Is Autism Awareness Month! (3/23/2017) - Autism Awareness Month is on the horizon! Are you looking to spread awareness and acceptance during National Autism Awareness Month? Here are some fun ways to get involved and help celebrate throughout the month of April! Here is a short list of 30+ things to do for autism in 30 days- April 2017 Attend Crossfit […]
February News (2/28/2017) - Check out our February newsletter and mid-month updates!  Read about events and happenings for adults and kids with autism, as well as their families or caregivers. February Newsletter February Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
Brown Bag Learning Lunch Series (1/24/2017) - In January we started a new monthly series, the Brown Bag Learning Lunch.  Join us at our office (or watch live on Facebook), as we discuss different issues affecting individuals and families with autism. Feel free to bring your lunch with you as you hear from local experts. Check out the upcoming events below.  For […]
Announcing Autism Society of Texas! (1/20/2017) -   We are pleased to announce that the Autism Society of Central Texas is changing our name and expanding our service area, effective immediately, to the Autism Society of Texas.  We currently maintain priority program coverage for a twenty-four (24) county service area, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet,  Caldwell, Comal, Fayette, Gillespie, […]
Free Parent Training for Military Families (1/6/2017) - Free training for current & retired military families- 5 week course begins next week. (1/9/17 week). Training Details · Training is provided via online modules and videoconferencing with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level · The curriculum lasts 5-weeks and parents should expect to spend about 30 minutes on independent work and 1 hour with […]
Welcome, Zak Van Voorhees! (11/1/2016) - We are excited to announce that Zak Van Voorhees has joined our team as Employment Coach for our new adult vocational program, Access-Austin! Zak is excited to join the Autism Society of Central Texas!  For the last several years he has had an incredible amount of diversity in his work experience, but in every role […]
Access-Austin: Expanding Opportunities for Adults with Autism- Still Taking Clients (9/1/2016) - On September 1st at the Austin City Council meeting, the Autism Society of Central Texas was approved for a Social Services & Capacity Building grant through Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department! We are beyond thrilled that with this generous grant, and we can now provide even more services to our local adult autism […]
Summer Safety Tips For Children On The Autism Spectrum Who Wander (7/29/2016) - Photo by Pixabay Summer is a great time for families to bond and have fun, but for parents of children on the autism spectrum, it can be a stressful time as well. Many kids on the spectrum have issues with wandering, and warm summer months can make that a little easier to do. There are […]
Free Coding Camp at Microsoft -Domain (6/1/2016) - We love our friends at the Microsoft Domain store! They are reserving a week of their free mini-camp for Autism Society of Central Texas! Parent or caregiver required to stay at store, but they are offering free computer classes for parents at the same time! (Excel, etc). Parents not required to participate in classes if you don’t want to! […]
Texas Autism Research and Resource Center Conference (5/17/2016) - 2016 Texas Autism Research Conference The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Texas Autism Research & Resource Center (TARRC) will host the 6th annual Texas Autism Research Conference, “New Insights: Research to Practice” on June 14-15, 2016. The conference program has been finalized and features two national keynote speakers: Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Ph.D., BCBA […]
May Newsletters (5/16/2016) - Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month & has lots of great information about Autism Society of Central Texas & community events as well!  Subscribe here. May Newsletter May Mid-Month News  
National Autism Awareness Month: School, Home, Community (4/1/2016) - Here at Autism Society of Central Texas, we are so excited about all of the fun things going on during National Autism Awareness Month! We have outlined below a few ways for you to help us spread awareness and acceptance about Autism throughout the month of April in your school, home, and community. School- Create […]
First Responder Autism Training Video (3/24/2016) - After a generous donor offered to support an autism training video for first responders, the Autism Society of Central Texas worked with Red Media Group, Chester Security, parents and individuals with autism to create a free training video for first responders. The video is 26 minutes long and includes information about autism to educate and inform various […]
Thrivent Financial: Special Needs Planning Seminar (12/30/2015) - Thrivent Financial is hosting a workshop for parents of special needs children on 1/9 at our office at 4902 Grover Ave, Austin, 78756. In this seminar on Special Needs Planning, you’ll learn: How to balance your present and future needs with your loved one’s present and future needs Steps to create and implement personal care, […]
Dr. Vince Carbone: Teaching Communication Skills Workshop (10/3/2015) - Central Texas Autism Center presents Dr. Vince Carbone, BCBA-D 2-day workshop, “Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities” on November 3-4, 2015.  For all ages and levels of learners- non-vocal to near conversational! Learn the Verbal Behavior Approach to teaching communication and establishing instructional control. Recommended for parents, teachers, Behavior Analysts, […]
Social Skills Conference with Dr. Ron Leaf (10/3/2015) - Sandbox ABA, along with ABA Today and the Autism Society of Central Texas are excited to host “Teaching Social Skills that Change Lives: Developing Meaningful Relationships in Early Childhood and Adolescence
“ on October 29, 2015. The Autism Society of Central Texas is supporting family attendance by providing a few $100 stipends to help cover the cost of […]