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Y.A.L.E. School’s March Guest Speaker Series: Sexuality Across the Autism Spectrum

Each year, Y.A.L.E. School invites expert speakers to discuss topics of interest to families, educators, and other professionals involved in the field of disabilities. This winter, Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism and Social Learning programs will host two special events focused on the topic of sexuality and sexual development in adolescents on the autism spectrum.  Both events offer professional development credits or CEU credits for educators and professionals.  Read More »

Autism and Sexuality: Encouraging Appropriate, Safe & Healthy Behaviors with Dr. Frank Cicero, PhD, BCBA

March 6, 2015
9:00 amto5:00 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present a special full-day intensive workshop for parents and professionals:

Autism and Sexuality: Encouraging Appropriate, Safe & Healthy Behaviors
with Dr. Frank Cicero, PhD, BCBA
at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ

frankParents, educators, therapists, clinicians, and service providers often struggle to address the difficult topic of sexual expression and behaviors regarding adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Individuals on the spectrum may not respond to traditional teaching methods and may “act out” or display inappropriate sexual behaviors at the wrong time or in the wrong setting. Deficits in social skills, communication and perspective taking are core autism characteristics leading to these issues. Applied behavior analytic treatments can be highly effective in promoting appropriate sexual behaviors and sexual expression in adolescents and adults on the spectrum.

This full-day workshop will provide an overview of issues related to sexuality in ASD and how parents, educators, and clinicians can collaborate to encourage healthy, safe and age-appropriate sexual behaviors. We will discuss topics such as sexual development, sexuality knowledge, sexual behaviors both appropriate and inappropriate, issues regarding consent and common parent concerns. We will then move into suggested curriculum topics. Treatment strategies discussed will include, but are not limited to, reinforcement-based procedures, video modeling, task analysis schedules, picture activity schedules, scripts and script fading, and social stories. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available. Although sexuality is an issue that often comes to the forefront in adolescence, information on sexuality is important for individuals of all ages. Topics related to ethical decision making will also be discussed.

This workshop will focus on behaviorally-based strategies useful for individuals on all ends of the spectrum. Audience questions and discussion will be welcomed.
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Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill Presents: Autism and Sexuality: Self-Esteem, Relationships, Safety, and Risks, with Amy Gravino

March 18, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill Presents: Autism and Sexuality
with Amy Gravino and Kristin Pragle

This presentation will focus on sexuality experiences, issues and concerns prevalent in the teenage and young adult, higher level of independence, autistic population.

Topics will include: Legal pitfalls and sex-specific evaluations, puberty, self-esteem/self-worth/body image, crushes, dating, online dating, intimacy, sexual safety and empowerment, and break-ups/heartbreak.

Registered guests can receive 2 ASAH Professional Development Hours Read More »

SAVE THE DATE: Workshops on transition and legal guardianship for parents of students with autism

Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus and Y.A.L.E. School Assistant Director John Wilson will host disability and special education expert attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior. The attorneys will present special workshops on the topics of transition, legal guardianship and protected decision-making for parents of children on the autism spectrum ages 14 through 21. Read More »

Parent Workshop on Autism and Legal Guardianship 1/28

January 28, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Audubon campus and Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present:

Guardianship and Decision Making for Parents of Children with Autism

Featuring special education and disability expert attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior. Read More »

Parent Workshop on Autism and Transition 1/21

January 21, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Audubon campus and Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present:

Transition to Adult Life for Parents of Children with Autism

Featuring special education and disability expert attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior. Read More »

Helping NJ Parents Who Are “Navigating the Maze” of DDD

Voorhees DDD workshop 003Parents of children with disabilities in New Jersey can sometimes be overwhelmed with the complex system of state agencies, programs, and service providers which exist to help people with disabilities and their families. Accessing services and supports made available through Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) funded programs is an important part of most individuals’ transition plans, especially when students are approaching graduation and “aging-out” of the school system.

To help parents and educators make sense of it all, Jonathan Sabin, Director of DDD’s Office on Autism, presented a free workshop in cooperation with Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism programs entitled “Autism: Navigating Through the Maze” at our Voorhees campus. Attendees included Y.A.L.E. School parents and staff members, members of the community and representatives of local public school districts. Read More »

Save The Date! Jonathan Sabin Director of NJ DDD Office on Autism to Speak at Voorhees Campus

What happens when young adults with autism “age out” of the educational system in NJ? Many rely on the Division Of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to help provide services and supports. It’s a topic that young adults on the autism spectrum and their parents NEED to know about and understand, and accessing services can be confusing. Soon, DDD will be implementing a new “fee-for-service” model and that will bring some big changes to the way people access and pay for services and support.

To address this topic, the Y.A.L.E. School autism programs are hosting an evening workshop with guest speaker Jonathan Sabin, Director of DDD’s Office on Autism on December 4th. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP for tickets now on the event page.

Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs Present Jonathan Sabin of NJ DDD

December 4, 2014
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present a special evening workshop for young adults on the autism spectrum and their parents:

Jonathan Sabin
Director, Office on Autism,
N.J. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Event Location

The Y.A.L.E. School Voorhees campus
1004 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043

Mr. Sabin will discuss the services and supports available through DDD to assist people on the autism spectrum in this free 90 minute workshop which is open to the public. Who is eligible to receive DDD services? What is the application process for services? What will the upcoming transition to a “fee-for-service” model mean for those who are already accessing services and supports via DDD? Find answers by attending this workshop! Read More »

Y.A.L.E. School at the 2014 Autism New Jersey Conference in Atlantic City

October 23, 2014toOctober 24, 2014

Come see the Y.A.L.E. School booth at the Autism New Jersey Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center on October 23rd and 24th. We are proud to support Autism New Jersey at their 32nd annual conference! Stop by and say hello!