Semi-Annual Workshops

April 22, 2023 Workshop - Supporting Students with Co-Occuring Mental Health and Autism

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

Supporting Students with Co-Occurring Mental Health and ASD

Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D.

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

Virtual Workshop Saturday, April 22, 2023
8:45 am – 12:45 pm EST

Individuals on the autism spectrum are at an increased risk of co-occurring mental health conditions and even suicide. This presentation will focus on the following:

• Potential mental health conditions and the warning signs of suicide.
• Needed support in classroom and home situations.
• The impact on behavior and how to assess.
• Behavioral, educational and other strategies that are the most beneficial  
• The role and impact of trauma.
• Strategies for supporting emotional regulations for both parent/child and staff/students, and
• Potential community supports.
• Classroom factors that can minimize trauma and maximize education

This workshop is geared towards individuals with ASD, parents, and professionals.

Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D

Dr. Pratt, BCBA-D, is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism located at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Most recently, Dr. Pratt has become the director of the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative. Dr. Pratt serves on numerous Advisory Boards, including the Advisory Boards of Maap Services, Inc., the Temple Grandin/Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund, the Autism Society of Indiana and the College Internship Program. In the past, she served on the Board of the national Autism Society and is a Past Chair. Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors and the Public Policy Committee for the Autism Society. She also served as a member of the expert working group on services and as a member of the public review committee for the Research Roadmap of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and in 2010 was invited to the White House to provide feedback on the president’s initiatives on autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Pratt has been honored by the Autism Society with the Individual Achievement Award, with the 2005 Princeton Fellowship Award, and with various awards through NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children, Inc.), including recognition from the United States House of Representatives. She writes and presents internationally on the following topics: autism spectrum disorders, ASD and co-occurring Mental Health, functional behavior assessment/positive behavior supports, applied behavior analysis, instructional approaches, evidence-based practices, systems change, and policy.

Workshop Schedule

8:30-8:45: Registration/Login
8:45-9:00: Introduction
9:00-10:30: Co-Occurring Mental Health and ASD, Role and Impact of Trauma, Warning Signs of Suicide
10:30-10:45: Morning Break
10:45-12:15: Assessing the Educational Setting for Triggers, Classroom Strategies, Teaching Alternative Skills, Including the Role of Emotional Regulation, Community Supports
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.

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering ASHA CEU credit through the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY), and New York State Education Department Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy State Board Approved Continuing Competency Hours for OTs/COTAs/PTs/PTAs through Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists, PLLC (APOT). Both SHAWNY and APOT are co-sponsors of this workshop. Dr. Pratt is generously offering continuing education credits to BCBAs at no additional cost. The cost and CEU credit information are listed below:

Registration Type Price CEUs
Parent/ Family/ Individual w/ASD $10 n/a
Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist* $30 .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 $30 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 $30 .3 NYS PT Board Continuing Education Hours
BCBAs $30 3.5 Type II BCBA Credits
Other Professional/ Paraprofessional or Student $20 No CEUs Awarded
Registration Type

Please note that all webinar materials (i.e. registration links, handouts, continuing education credit forms/survey links, etc.) will be e-mailed to attendees approximately 1-2 days prior to the workshop. If you have a PayPal account, the e-mail associated with that account will be used for all correspondence including Zoom links and all webinar materials. This is a live event and will be broadcast in Eastern Standard Time. 

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


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.