Arc Herkimer offers three workshops for caregivers of special needs students

Arc Herkimer will present three workshops designed to help those providing care for students with special needs.

Celebrate Calm: Ten Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect, and Yelling

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin is one of the most in-demand experts on strong-willed children and children with special needs. Over one thousand school districts, churches, foster care agencies, and multinational corporations have flown Kirk across the globe as parents leave raving about his insight.

Kirk will present two workshops in Herkimer County so parents and professionals have more options
to attend. Parents have called Kirk’s live events: “practical, life-changing, and laugh-out loud funny.”
Get concrete, practical strategies to stop yelling, defiance, and power struggles. Strategies to:

  • Get your kids to listen the first time.
  • Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling.
  • Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
  • Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.

Strong-willed children don’t care about consequences, yelling, or threats. What they need most is a parent who is CONFIDENT-a parent who knows exactly what to say and do in the toughest situations. Simply put, he understands parents and their children like no one else because for over a decade, he and his family invited over 1,500 of these kids right into their home.

Preregister by Sept. 27

  • 8-10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 at CVA, 111 Frederick St., Ilion or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Mt. Markham Central Schools, High School Auditorium, 500 Fairground Road, West Winfield
  • Download and complete the form or register online.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Workshop

This two-day dynamic training was developed by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S. CCC/SLP.
Presented by Pyramid Educational Consultants for professionals and families, this two-day workshop
is a language training package that is used to teach communication skills rapidly to those with Autism
and limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without
lengthy prerequisite training. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request, and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. Participants will learn how to implement the six Phases of PECS, including attributes, through presenter demonstrations, role-play opportunities, and video examples. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. For more information on PECS visit: You must attend both days. Space limited. RSVP today! Lunch on your own. Light Refreshments.

Preregister by Oct. 12

Evidence Based Strategies for Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

This workshop will be presented by James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, a board certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and President/Chief Executive Officer of JB Autism Consulting. Dr. Ball will discuss systematic techniques for working with individuals on the Spectrum. He will focus on teaching specific
skills, enhancing motivation, and generalization training. A step-by-step demonstration will be presented using real life examples. Modifications will be explored that allow this particular program to be effective with individuals significantly challenged with autism, as well as those with Asperger syndrome. A question and answer period will be provided.

Participants will be able to: identify three reinforcement techniques, implement three specific teaching techniques, and design an individualized teaching program to assist an individual on the autism spectrum in the learning process.

Dr. Ball has been in the field of autism for over twenty-five years providing preschool, educational, residential, and employment services to children and adults affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is involved with many organizations and he has lectured both nationally and internationally. He authored the award-winning breakthrough book: Early Intervention and Autism: Real-life Questions, Real-life Answers-winning the 2008 NAPPA Gold Award Winner, Finalist for the 2008 ForeWord Book of the Year, and Gold Award Winner in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards. He has been honored with numerous other awards including: NYFAC’s Autism Inspiration Award; ASA’s Publication Award for his manual on Social Security and Employment for individuals with ASD; Autism New Jersey’s (formally known as COSAC) highest honor: a Distinguished Service Award; and most recently recognized as “Professional of the Year” by the Phoenix Center in Nutley, NJ during their 20th Anniversary Gala.

Preregister by Oct. 27

  • 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3 at Herkimer College’s Robert McLaughlin College Center, 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer
  • Download and complete the form.