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** The Bridges to the Future Transitional Care Program Webinar series is a collaboration between Kosair Children's Hospital, Bridges to the Future program and the Kentucky Autism Training Center. The Bridges to the Future Transitional Care program is funded in part by a grant through the Kentucky Integrated Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and the Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CCSHCN).




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Bridges to the Future Transitional Care Program: Finding an Adult Health Care Provider, Talking with Health Care Providers

Erika G. Janes, RN Coordinator, Child Advocacy, Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children's Hospital

This webinar provides young people with special health care needs the information necessary to look for and chose an appropriate adult health care provider that will meet their needs. Included is information on how to access new resources, what type of questions to ask, information they should create and keep with them about their condition and more, which will help empower these young people to take charge of their own health care needs.

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Bridges to the Future Transitional Care Program: Social Services

Kanetha Dorsey, MSSW CSW Social Service Clinician, KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

The webinar will discuss options and ideas for assistance for those with disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood. Some agencies will be discussed that may be able to assist with care and other services such as working and financial assistance. Information will be provided for both Kentucky and Indiana.

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1/25/2013 Coaching Principles and Practices: Coaching Families Suzanne Kucharczyk and Matt Brock

This webinar presentation provides a review of why coaching families is critical to optimizing child outcomes, an overview of principles associated with coaching are examined and case examples of how to apply these principles for coaching infants and toddlers in natural environments are given.  Additional resources (print and online) are included for more information about coaching.


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MARCH 2013


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3/5/13 Bridges to the Future Transitional Care Program:  Relationships and Sex Carole Boudreau, MSN,APRN
Nurse Practitioner, Kosair Children’s Gynecology Specialists

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify risk factors associated with Social Media.
  2. Understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships
  3. Define what safe sex is
  4. Identify birth control options
  5. Increase their understanding of sexually transmitted diseases
  6. Identify area resources available to them

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3/27/13 Bridges to the Future Transitional Care Program:  Nutrition Sara Chandler, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian

This webinar will focus on the importance of nutrition and how making healthy food choices can greatly influence your overall well-being and disposition to certain diseases and medical conditions.


Learning Objectives:

1. What types of foods are considered "unhealthy?

2. What problems can people have if they eat the "wrong" types of foods?

3. Which foods are considered healthiest?

4. What benefits do healthy diets provide?

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MAY 2013


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5/15/2013 Autism Awareness Laura Ferguson M.Ed, BCBA
What is Autism?
Defining the characteristics:
-Restrictive or repetitive behaviors
What do some of these characteristics look like in the children we serve?

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5/22/2013 Environmental Arrangement for Individuals with ASD Laura Ferguson M.Ed. BCBA

Why is it important to look at the environment?

-Use of timers, and other transition tools
-Calm down areas

Using visual supports
-What should these look like?
-How do we use visual supports?


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5/29/2013 Understanding Behavior Strategies for Individuals with ASD Laura Ferguson, M.Ed. BCBA Motivation and reinforcement

How do we determine reinforcers?
-Preference assessments

How do we increase appropriate behaviors?
-Use of reinforcers and replacement behaviors

How do we make new adults and peers reinforcing?
-Look at pairing new individuals with reinforcement

Strategies to increase appropriate behaviors
-Differential reinforcement
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JUNE 2013


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Bridges to the Future: Medication Management Paige Wolf This Webinar focuses on the importance of medication management of people with complex or chronic medical conditions. This presentation will explore all aspects of medication management and how to be successful in these areas. Presentation [PDF] View Webinar on Youtube
6/13/2013 Early Childhood Development and Autism Julie Stewart M.Ed. Participants will gain an understanding of the core deficits for individuals with autism and will be able to identify the red flags for potential autism diagnosis exploring neurotypical child development and the developmental milestones outlined by the CDC. Register to view materials Register to view recorded  webinar (TBA)
6/20/2013 Environmental Arrangement for Individuals with ASD Julie Stewart M.Ed.

Participants will be introduced to class wide organizational & instructional tools such as activity matrices, staff matrices, visual supports, and general environmental arrangement strategies for supporting students with autism in an inclusive preschool classroom.

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Bridges to the Future: Your New Rights and Responsibilities Erika G. Janes, RN

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be introduced to the range of responsibilities that are transferred to adolescents when they turn 18 years of age, unless a guardian is appointed through the court.

1. Discuss rights that are obtained at age 18.
2. Understand medical responsibilities for legal adults in the US.
3. Address the importance for transition of medical information for youth with special health care needs.
4. Brief review and overview of the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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6/27/2013 Understanding Behavior Strategies for Individuals with ASD Julie Stewart M.Ed. Participants will be introduced to the most basic instruction (direction given, student response, and consequence), prompting, and errorless learning strategies.  Also the need for teaching skills discretely as well as embedded (decontextualized vs. contextualized) and how to determine what skills to teach when, where, and how will be discussed. Register to view materials Register to view recorded  webinar (TBA)



July 2013

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7/16/13 Bridges to the Future Transitional Care Program:  Fitness Amy Medley, BSHP This webinar helps adolescents understand the benefits of remaining active, ways to combat common excuses for not remaining active, and assorted ways to maintain an active lifestyle.

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August 2013

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8/16/13 DSM-5 and Changes to the Diagnosis of Autism W. David Lohr, M.D.

This webinar will review the recent DSM-5 changes to the diagnosis of autism. Pertinent literature that reviews the DSM-IV and DSM-5 will be discussed. In addition, the strengths and weaknesses of the new criteria will be reviewed.

Learning objectives:
Participants will understand the background which led to the development of DSM-5 criteria for autism.
Participants will understand which individuals are most likely to not be diagnosed with autism by DSM-5.
Participants will understand the strengths and weaknesses of DSM-5 criteria for autism and appreciate future directions in diagnosis of the condition.

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November 2013

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11/8/2013 Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders P. Gail Williams, MD This webinar will provide an overview of prevalence and types of sleep problems common in children with autism spectrum disorders. Diagnosis and options for treatment will also be discussed, as well as available resources. Presentation [PDF] View webinar on Youtube
11/18/2013 Inclusion Toolbox: Practical Ideas for Faith Communities Including Children and Youth with ASD Barbara J. Newman This webinar will offer an 'inclusion tool box' for churches and faith communities for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder. This is a basket of ideas in making accommodations and modifications to worship settings, transitions, new environments, and equipping peers to receive that individual. Newman calls these ideas 'communicating without opening your mouth' as they are based on strategies not dependent on lots of language abilities.

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Supplemental Handout [PDF[

Autism and Church Book

CLC Network

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December 2013

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12/13/13 Adults with Autism W.David Lohr, MD This webinar will review issues regarding adults with autism from a clinical perspective. Participants will understand the various clinical features found in adults with autism. Participants will appreciate the genetic and imaging studies which reveal clues about etiology and pathophysiology. Participants will learn outcome data for adults with autism and the evidence for treatment approaches. Also, barriers to delivery of care issues will be discussed. Presentation [PDF] View webinar on YouTube
12/20/13 Strategies for Parents to Promote Physical Activity for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Donna Russell The purpose of this webinar is to educate parents about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the national physical activity recommendations for children. Parents will be provided with a variety of strategies to engage in developmentally-appropriate, inclusive group and/or individual physical activities to use with their child(ren) who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presentation [PDF} View webinar on Youtube
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