Parent Workshop - Strategies for Success: Meeting Children and Pre-teens with Autism Where They Are

When Aug 22, 2019
from 08:30 AM to 03:30 PM
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-2467
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Registration for this event is open!

Registration fee: $15 per person $30 for a couple

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Educators, parents, and administrators will leave this regional workshop with materials in hand to transform their environments to better meet the needs of children with autism.  Participants will begin the day looking at the red flags for autism and addressing the needs associated with the triad of characteristics of children with autism.  Strategies based in evidence based practices will be discussed in the context of everyday situations.  Join us for this interactive workshop at the beautiful Jenny Wiley State Resort.

This training will be presented by:

Family Field Training Coordinator - Heidi Cooley-Cook, M.Ed.

Heidi Cooley-Cook graduated from The Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While in Colorado, Heidi worked with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Upon returning to Kentucky, she continued working with adults with disabilities and children with autism. Her work with autistic individuals quickly developed into a passion and led Heidi to work as an in-home behavior interventionist for several families and their children with autism. Heidi brings over 15 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families in various capacities including direct support, job coach, case manager, behavior interventionist, and advocate. While at the KATC, Heidi earned a Master’s Degree in Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville.  In her current role at the KATC, Heidi provides direct training and technical assistance to families and other agencies. Current initiatives include training the Commonwealth’s first responders -  Autism and First Responders, promotion of the Yellow Dot Program, and supporting arts groups and others in providing Sensory Friendly accommodations.

Phone: 502-852-6401 | Email:

Field Training Coordinator - Kimberly Howard, M.Ed.

 Kimberly Howard graduated from Morehead State University with an undergraduate degree in Moderate to Severe Disabilities (P-12) and Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling with a Rank 1 in Learning and Behavior Disorders (P – 12). For the past several years Kimberly has been a Field Training Coordinator for Kentucky Autism Training Center. Prior to working at Kentucky Autism Training Center Kimberly taught in a highly structured classroom in Fleming county Kentucky for students diagnosed with autism and for children that needed autism like supports. Prior to teaching in the highly structured classroom Kimberly was a special education teacher for several years teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels in Menifee, Rowan and Fleming Counties. In her current role at KATC, Kimberly provides direct training and technical assistance to education staff, social and community personnel, counselors, job coaches and families