Topics in Autism

CARD Albany offers educational presentations on a variety of topics aimed at providing evidence-based information for parents and/or professionals. 

Schools, agencies, and parent groups can request CARD Albany to present on specific topics related to autism. Current topics include, but are not limited to, addressing behavior challenges, supporting students in an educational setting, teaching social skills and coping skills, awareness about autism spectrum disorders, sleep and mealtime issues, and motivating individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Please refer to the list below for the specific topics currently available for group trainings.

Trainings are offered at no cost to school districts, community agencies, and parent groups in the following New York counties: Schenectady, Schoharie, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Hamilton, Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene. Each topic lasts approximately two hours and follows a lecture format. Requests must be received at least thirty (30) days prior to the requested seminar date.

Trainings conducted for school and community agency personnel are provided during the workday. The trainings are open to personnel who work with or anticipate working with individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. The minimum amount of attendees for school trainings is 15-20. Trainings conducted for parent groups are provided during the workday or weekday evenings. The trainings are open to parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorders. The minimum amount of attendees is five parents.

To request a training, complete a training request form. Contact CARD Albany at (518) 442-2574 with any questions.


  • Autism Awareness Training for School Nurses
  • Autism Awareness Training for School Transportation Personnel
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Brief Overview
  • Checked Out and Disengaged: Research-based Practices for Increasing Attention and Motivation in Students with ASD
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Effectively Changing the Behaviors of Children with Special Needs
  • Encouraging and Shaping Desired Pro-Social Behaviors in Students with ASD
  • Executive Functioning Strategies to Keep Individuals with ASD Organized and On-Target
  • First Responders Autism Awareness Training
  • Helping Students with ASD Overcome Challenging Behaviors and Improve Their Quality of Life
  • How to Be an Effective Paraprofessional in the School Environment
  • Learning Better Ways to Cope: Teaching Individuals with ASD Skills to Replace Challenging Behaviors
  • Learning Better Ways to Cope: Teaching Students with ASD Skills to Recognize and Manage their Emotions
  • Mealtime and Children with Autism
  • The Path to Success Begins with Self-Advocacy
  • Setting the Stage: Creating Environments to Enhance Outcomes for Students with ASD
  • Strategies to Motivate: Using Positive Approaches to Teach Social, Academic, and Daily Living Skills to Individuals with ASD
  • Supporting Individuals with ASD to Meet their Full Potential in Meaningful Employment
  • Tantrums, Tears and Timeouts: Helping Your Child with ASD Overcome Challenging Behavior
  • Thinking Differently: Social Cognition and Social Motivation of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Waking Up to a Better Day