Semi-Annual Workshops

Virtual Workshop: Educating Students Across the Lifespan

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

Educating Students Across the Lifespan: Preparation for Life

Presented by Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D

Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism located at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities. 

Virtual Workshop: Saturday, November 6, 2021
8:45 a.m.– 12:45 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

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

Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D

Dr. Cathy Pratt is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism located at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities. The ultimate goal of any educational program should be preparation for life after school. Despite our best efforts, the unemployment rate for our folks on the spectrum remains high. And when students have behavior or mental health challenges, the risks and outcomes are even greater. This workshop will provide practical and immediately useful information that individuals with ASD, parents/caregivers, teachers, SLPs, OTs/OTAs, PTs/PTAs, mental health professionals, and administrators can implement today to help create a brighter future.

  • Highlights characteristics associated with ASD and co-occurring mental health issues;
  • Describes strategies involved in assessing and programming for behavior differences;
  • Describes a range of evidence-based strategies (i.e. reinforcement, video self-modeling, visual supports, and prompting and modeling); and
  • Describes accommodations that may assist the individual in post school settings.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. List characteristics associated with ASD and co-occurring mental health issues.
  2. Describe strategies involved in assessing and programming for behavior.
  3. List and describe a range of evidence-based strategies.
  4. List accommodations that may assist the individual in post school settings.

Disclosure: Cathy Pratt financial – Dr. Pratt is employed by Indiana University. Non-financial – Dr. Pratt has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


About the Speaker

Dr. Cathy 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. In 2008, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education. Dr. Pratt was the Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. In 2016, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Charles Heineman Allied Professional Award through the Indiana Psychological Association. 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.


Virtual Workshop Schedule

8:30-8:45: Registration/Login

8:45-9:00: Introduction

9:00-10:30: Characteristics of ASD and co-occurring mental health issues; Behavior assessment and
10:30-10:45: Morning Break

10:45-12:15: Evidence-based strategies; Accommodations for post-school settings

12:15-12:45: Q and A


Pricing and CEU Credit Information

Registration TypePriceCEUs
Parent/Family/Individual w/ASD$10.00n/a
Parent/Caregiver Scholarships based on financial need are available for parents or individuals with ASD. Call 716-633-2275 to apply.
Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist$30.0035 ASHA CEUs included
SLPs, please click “return to merchant” after your purchase to be directed back to our site to provide your ASHA number.
OT or COTA$30.003.0 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$30.00.3 NYS PT Board Continuing Education Hours
Other Professional/Paraprofessional$20.00no CEUs awarded

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.


Online Registration

Online registration will be open until November 3, 2021. No refunds given after October 27, 2021. Questions? Please call 716-633-2275

Registration Type

SLPs, please click “return to merchant” after your purchase to be directed back to our site to provide your ASHA number.

Workshop Sponsors

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

Workshop Co-Sponsors

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

Intermediate Level .35 ASHA CEUs

Associated 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.

Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists, PLLC can be reached at  Contact@APOT-wny.com 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.

Download a copy of the Workshop Brochure here.