Semi-Annual Workshops

Autism Society Western New York & Autism Services, Inc.’s Autism Center for Learning
invite you to attend:

Autism & the Hidden Curriculum: Creating Success in School, Home, and on the Job

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.

Co-Sponsored by The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of WNY and Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists, PLLC

Virtual Workshop Saturday, October 22, 2022 
8:45 am – 12:45 pm EST

The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known. This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, it is not for those with autism or other special needs.

This session shows how the autistic brain – which is different not less, consistent with precepts of neurodiversity – processes the hidden curriculum. The speaker provides practical tips to these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life. When teaching the hidden curriculum, it is essential that we respect how the individual thinks and learns. Our goal is to teach the hidden curriculum to enhance the lives of autistic people, not change who they are.

This workshop is geared towards individuals with ASD, parents and professionals. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the autistic brain processes information, including the hidden curriculum
  2. Explain the hidden curriculum’s applicability to school, home, and on the job
  3. Identify hidden curriculum areas and items across the life span

Disclosure: Brenda Smith Myles financial – Ms. Smith Myles has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Non-financial – Ms. Smith Myles has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Brenda Smith-Myles

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., formerly, a professor at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. Brenda has made over 3000 presentations all over the world and written more than 300 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she collaborated with the three organizations who identified evidenced based practices in autism. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Workshop Schedule

8:30-8:45: Registration/Login
8:45-9:00: Introduction
9:00-10:30: The brain and autism; Definition of the hidden curriculum and its impact
10:30-10:45: Morning Break
10:45-12:15: Examples of the hidden curriculum; Strategies to teach the hidden curriculum
12:15-12:45: Q and A

Download the workshop brochure here. Brochures also available online at and

Please note that this is a live webinar, and will be broadcast in Eastern Standard Time.
Online registration is required. Please note that there will be no mail-in registration for this event.

Materials (i.e. registration links, handouts, etc.) will be e-mailed to attendees approximately 1-2 days prior to the workshop. If you have a PayPal account, the email associated with that account will be used for all correspondence including Zoom links/handouts.

Individuals with ASD and Parent/Caregiver Scholarships based on financial need are available. Call 716-633-2275 to apply.

Registration Type
Special registration rates to celebrate our 35th workshop!
Price CEUs
Parent/ Family/ Individual w/ASD $5 n/a
Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist* $25 .35 ASHA CEUs included**
*SLPs, please click “return to merchant” after your purchase to be directed back to our site to provide your ASHA number.
**ASHA CEUs are only awarded to ASHA members who are eligible and have paid the CE Registry fee.
OT or COTA $25 3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Hours for OTs/OTAs***
***Please note that these hours may be used towards completing AOTA continuing competency requirements, but are not offered through an AOTA approved provider.
PT or PTA $25 .3 NYS PT Board Continuing Education Hours
Other Professional/ Paraprofessional or Student $15 No CEUs Awarded

Online Registration Deadline: October 19, 2022. No refunds after October 12, 2022

Register Below

All SLP/OT/PT attendees obtaining continuing education credits will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Parents, other professionals and students will receive a Certificate of Attendance (NOT conferring CEUs) if requested prior to the event.

Workshop Sponsors

Workshop Sponsor: Autism Services, Inc.
Autism Society of America Western New York

Workshop Co-Sponsors

Workshop Co-Sponsor: SHAWNY
Workshop Co-Sponsor: APOT

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider logoSpeech-Language Hearing Association of Western New York Intermediate Level .35 ASHA CEUs




NY State Education Department Office of the Professions LogoAssociated Physical and Occupational Therapists is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant continuing education. Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Occupational Therapy as an approved provider of occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant continuing education.

Workshop Co-Sponsor: APOTAssociated Physical and Occupational Therapists, PLLC can be reached at or by phone at 716-874-6175. Each organization/entity uses its own calculation to determine the number of CEUs based on contact hours. As with all continuing education, the attendee should always verify CEU requirements by his/her professional organization and/or state licensure board.