Community Education Classes

Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) provides community education classes for parents/guardians, caregivers, autism aides and siblings of children with autism.

Most classes are held at Nationwide Children’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders or main campus.

Classes Offered

Autism Academy

The Autism Academy provides educational sessions for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These sessions are open to anyone in the community interested in knowing more about autism. The program is not designed to replace ongoing treatment nor can it be geared to individual children.

Program courses range from a general understanding of autism to age and topic-specific information, including school and Individualized Education Programs (IEP), behavior, eating, skill development, social interaction and more.

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Autism Teaching Strategies

These courses provide active, hands-on training to learn effective strategies for teaching children with autism. Autism Teaching Strategies covers topics relating to families/caregivers in the home, staff in the classroom or home environment, and therapists working in a clinical setting.

Each session introduces basic behavioral teaching principles such as breaking skills down into small teachable units, building these smaller skills into more complex skills, using reinforcement strategies, measuring progress and managing those difficult to manage behaviors.

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Parenting Your Child with Autism

Parenting Your Child with Autism is a five-part series of interactive parenting classes. Classes include discussion and activities that address the major issues facing families with children with autism. The class was developed for adult parents with children in the home, or caregivers who want new insight into parenting children with autism.

Topics focus on managing the challenges of parenting a child with autism, behavior strategies, and increasing skills for both caregivers and children with autism.

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Brothers and sisters of children with autism have feelings that may be hard to express, even to a friend; sadness that a sister has trouble learning, anger when a brother’s behavior prevents the family from doing things other families do, or the special pride when their sibling learns a basic, but important, life skill.

At Sibshops™, siblings (ages 6 to 12) share these feelings with others who truly understand. Sibshops celebrates the many contributions made by brothers and sisters and engages children through fun and games to explore feelings and share information.

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