What will be covered in the training?
Topics will be different each session. At a minimum, our 2014 Autism and Scouting Webinar Training will have 12 topics which we have included below. This Webinar Training Series includes topics from the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit as well as supplemental information and support resources.
Who is the training geared toward?
Our webinar training series is open to all who wish to attend. It is geared toward scouting and scouting-related leaders, volunteers and those interested in providing a more positive experience for youth, teens and adults on the autism spectrum who are involved in scouting.
Although geared toward the groups above, current or former scouts, teachers, family members… all are welcome to attend any or all sessions.
What are the Dates and Times?
Please note that dates and times are subject to change. All sessions will be recorded. Sessions will be set up for 90 minutes unless otherwise indicated with the first 60 minutes for training and the last 30 minutes (optional) for Questions and Answers.
Friday, January 24th, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Introduction to the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
Join John Krejcha the Program Director and Karen Krejcha, Executive Director of Autism Empowerment as they take you through the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit. Find out some of key takeaways from each chapter, learn how to about how to use many of the tools that are on DVD and how to make sure that others in your unit have access to the information as well. Take a 60 minute training that will help you to better understand how to use the kit and materials. There will also be a chance to ask questions and stay involved.
Friday February 7th, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Learn how to Teach the Autism and Scouting “Basic” Training (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
Are you interested in sharing an Autism and Scouting Basic Training class with your unit, council or local group? Join John Krejcha the Program Director and Karen Krejcha, Executive Director of Autism Empowerment as they take you through the Autism and Scouting Basic Training Class. The presentations should take between 50 and 60 minutes. This training is in its third year. In 2013 a version of this training was given in six different Boy Scouts of America Council Training’s and in 2014 it is scheduled to be given in multiple scouting councils and multiple scouting-related organizations across the world. This training can be adapted for any scouting and scouting-related organization. We are always looking for more Ambassadors for Acceptance to provide this training.
If you are looking to teach this course or want to learn more about how to work with youth on the autism spectrum, you will want to tune into this Webinar.
Friday, March 28th, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Ways to make your Unit, Council and/or Service more Sensory Friendly -(Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
We will be teaching in greater depth about the information in Chapter 7 of the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit, “Making Your Unit More Sensory Friendly” and will also cover some of content in Chapter 6, “Sensory Challenges A Scout May Face” so you understand why sensory friendly practices are good for all scouts.
What does “sensory friendly” mean? What is a leadership training bin? What is a scout sensory bin? What should a sensory or recovery area look like and what should it contain? How can you make sensory friendly scouting a way of life for your entire group?
Monday, April 28th– 6:30 pm PST – Acceptance and understanding of learning and social and communication differences and challenges. (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
April is Autism Acceptance month. It isn’t enough any more to be “autism aware”. We all know “autism” exists. It’s time to practice acceptance. This webinar will be focusing on Chapter 5 of the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit and learning about the learning difference and social and communication challenges that many of us on the autism spectrum experience.
We’ll be talking about learning styles and multiple intelligences. We’ll be covering social nuances and the “hidden curriculum” and we’ll be sharing techniques you can use right away to strengthen communication in your unit. Need help getting a scout to engage in activities? Wondering what a social narrative is? Ever heard of echolalia? Do scouts on the spectrum have compassion and empathy? How do you help someone who struggles reading body language? Why does it sometimes seem that someone can be so brilliant in one area but seemingly clueless in another?
If you’re looking to start to learn autism as a second language, this is the webinar for you.
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Camping, KYBOs and S’more (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
As we head into the big camping season and preparing for summer camp, this webinar will help you prepare scouts on the spectrum, scouts not on the spectrum and volunteer leaders for the camping experience and all that entails. Have a scout who won’t shower? Doesn’t want to eat any of the food? Has a tendency to wander away when you’re on outings? Not want to participate? We’ll cover these issues and S’more in this interactive session.
Friday, June 6th, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Conflict Resolution and Challenging Behaviors – (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
One of the most challenging and least fun tasks that a scout leader faces is trying to resolve conflict between scouts that aren’t getting along. When you throw communication challenges, different levels of social maturity and sensory stimuli into the mix, emotions can get heated VERY quickly and misunderstandings get easily blown out of proportion. How did that super fun, productive, “best outing ever” turn into a screaming, crying, “UNFAIR, I HATE YOU” fight-fest so quickly?
We’ll be talking about using your EARS – Express, Address and Resolve (one ear) and Empathy, Attention and Respect (the second ear). We’ll show you how to practice being a brain detective and tips for observing the antecedent to behavioral challenges. We’ll help you try and decipher what behavior is telling you. This training covers pages 50 – 53 in the Autism and Scouting Training Manual and then goes beyond to answer questions sent in by scouting leaders who are looking for tips to better manage conflict and challenging behaviors.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - 6:30 pm PST – Making S.E.N.S.E. of Sensory Challenges -(Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
Is it Sensory? Is it Behavior? What is the difference between a tantrum, meltdown and shutdown and how should you handle each? What are some of the sensory challenges that scouts on the autism spectrum face? (Many of these also occur with children who have Sensory Processing Disorder and/or ADHD.) What is sensory overload? What is self-regulation?
Join us as we tackle Chapter 6 of the Autism and Scouting Manual, “Sensory Challenges” and listen in as we give scouting related examples utilizing Angie Voss’s S.E.N.S.E. strategy which will help you understand and address those challenging moments when you ask… is this sensory behavior? How can I help my scout? When is the best teachable moment for resolving challenging behavior?
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Preparing Scouts for Success -(Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
Now that most units are starting to prepare for the fall scouting season, many new youth will be joining scouting. How do you get both your newcomers and your existing scouts off to the best possible start? This webinar goes into depth with Chapter 3 of the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit: The Scout Family and Inclusion.
We’ll be cover meaningful and simple ways to get to know your scouts and their families. We will be talking in depth about Autism and Scouting’s Individual Scout Profile (ISP) and S.M.I.L.E. (Scouting Means Inclusion. Learning. Empowerment.) worksheets and how to use them. We’ll tackle ways to talk to other leaders in your unit about using these tools and how you can adapt them for your particular scouting / scouting-related organization. We’ll also talk about the Caregiver and Scout Leader Meeting that you should have with every family that has one or more youth in your unit on the autism spectrum and ways to handle privacy and family issues that may come up in the process.
If your unit has never had a program or consistently implemented policy in place before to welcome each scout and get him or her started toward success, you’ll be wanting to tune into this meeting. We also cover meeting follow-up and ways to connect with scouts and their families who are already in your unit.
Friday, September 5th, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Helping Scouts interact with the community through Service and unit Fundraising. (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
Part of every scouting experience are opportunities to volunteer and serve others. Most scouting experiences also include fundraising of some type, whether that be door-to-door or store-front. Scouts on the autism spectrum are often quite successful in service and fundraising. In fact, you may find scouts on the spectrum to be the best fundraisers you’ve ever met, however there can be challenges and you will want to be aware of these in advance.
How do you teach a non-verbal scout to fundraise? Should you allow a scout that wanders to go “door to door” to collect canned food for a food drive? What kind of service activities should you consider or avoid? How do you prepare scouts for service and fundraising activities that take place outside your normal scout meeting? The environment is different, the people they are interacting with are often unknown. How do you empower your group to success while being mindful of safety precautions?
Friday, October 24th, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Getting into a scout’s world through the use of Special Interests. (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
This webinar focuses on enriching your scouts’ lives as well as your own. We will be talking about material from Chapter 4 of the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit including Executive Functioning. We’re also going to go in depth regarding helping scouts build connections and promoting their learning through the use of hobbies and “special interests” that are important to them. Learn how to help your scouts engage in more activities, learn new skills and develop deeper relationships. Empower them to take on additional responsibility and practice leadership.
Friday, November 14th, 2014 – 6:30 pm PST – Tying it all Together – Advanced Training to share with your Unit (Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
You’ve had the opportunity to go through the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit. You’ve participated in a number of our webinars or trainings and feel you have a handle on the basics and are ready to train both the basics AND advanced material to other leaders and volunteers in your scouting community.
This webinar provides you with a copy of the most recent Autism and Scouting’s Beyond the Basics course and gives you strategies regarding how to provide the training to others, how long it takes and suggestions for follow-up. Perhaps you want to train just the leaders and volunteers in your unit. Maybe you want to share this with your council, district, camp or special training event. Maybe you just want to take this course as a refresher to understand some of the key “takeaways” in the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training. This is the course for you!
Friday, December 19th, 2014 – 6:30 pm – Inspiration for the Holidays, New Year and beyond –(Click now to register for this individual webinar OR consider an All Access Pass to receive all 2014 Autism and Scouting Training. See details below.)
It’s time to celebrate successes and highlight some of the amazing things that can happen throughout a scout or scout leader’s journey. This webinar will share positive and inspirational stories from scouts and scouting leaders on the autism spectrum. It will also showcase stories from scouting leaders and families who have been positively impacted throughout the year. Please feel free to send in stories and photos throughout the year as we will be featuring a number of them during this webinar and/or in blogs and at Autism Empowerment Radio and Autism and Scouting Radio.
Please note that Times and Dates are subject to change. Based on demand and funding, we may add additional courses throughout the year. For those purchasing a 2014 All Access Pass, we guarantee the 12 trainings topics above will be produced in 2014 or your money back.
What is the cost?
There are several options. You can choose one just webinar at a time (a la carte), you can buy a “six pack” or you can get an All Access Pass and sign up for the whole year. We think the latter is of course the best option. It’s also the best value and shows that when it comes to being a trained leader or volunteer, YOU ROCK!
Many scouting units will pay for a volunteer to get additional training because the information learned helps to support the whole unit so you might want to check with your unit to see if they would be willing to reimburse you for your training. It may also help to mention that Autism Empowerment is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and that the people doing the training are (ahem) pretty fabulous and have a great sense of humor.
Option 2 – Advance purchase of a Six Pack Pass for $20.00 for a savings of $10.00. Half the price, all the content of any six Autism and Scouting webinars of your choosing.
Option 3 – All Access Pass (Live / Recorded) – You can also order a season pass for $45.00, a savings of $15.00. (However… and here is the infomercial… if you order and pay before Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, the cost is only $35.00 for the 2014 All Access Pass.)
But wait, there’s more! We will be offering a minimum of 12 Autism and Scouting themed webinars throughout the 2014 calendar year and this All Access Pass gives you access to all webinars and accompanying materials in a downloadable format. We can’t include our first-born but John is willing to sign autographs and in case he ever gets super famous, well… you can say that you knew him back when…
What happens if I purchase a single webinar ticket, six pack or season pass or six pack and can not make the live meeting time or date?
It means you have a busy life and we get it! If you can’t make a particular webinar when it is hosted “live”, there are no worries. We will be recording each presentation and you will be able to listen to and watch the webinar on-demand at your convenience. Also, in case you listen to a live webinar and want to go back to listen and watch it again, you have the capability to do so at no extra charge. We’re really nice like that.
Why is there a cost if you’re a non-profit?
Although it may sometimes seem like we put the “non” in non-profit, truth be known, the organization has program expenses and they need to be covered in order for us to offer the Autism and Scouting Program as well as work to expand it.
There is a fee for us to use the online webinar software that we do. There is also a cost to sustaining and expanding the Autism and Scouting Program. We try to keep your cost as low as possible while still being able to support our program. Of course if you’d like to give more to the Autism and Scouting program or Autism Empowerment, you are always welcome to do so at any time at this link. We truly appreciate your support!
How do I register?
Registration for individuals webinars is easy! Just click on the link below and sign up!
If you’re looking to attend Webinar #1: Introduction to the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit (January 24th) for $5, click this link and you’ll be taking to a registration form at the AnyMeeting website where our webinars are hosted. The cost is $5 whether you listen to the training live or on demand.
If you’re looking to attend the Learn how to Teach the Autism and Scouting Training (February 4th) webinar for $5, click this link and you’ll be taking to a registration form at the AnyMeeting website where our webinars are hosted. The cost is $5 whether you listen to the training live or on demand.
If you’re looking for a Six Pack Pass, you can attend any 6 webinars of your choosing for $20, a savings of $10 from purchasing individually. Click the button below and then after your payment is confirmed, we’ll send you email instructions on how to access the webinars you wish to attend. (You don’t need to choose the six now, however if you’re interested in attending the first and/or second webinars as part of your six pack, please let us know at the time you make payment.)
If you’re a savvy shopper and want to purchase a 2014 All Access Pass for just $35 before Thursday, January 23rd or $45 afterwards, just click the button below and and then after your payment is confirmed, we’ll send you email instructions on how to access the webinars you wish to attend. You will have access to the 12 Autism and Scouting webinars listed on this page at no extra cost plus if we add other webinars to the Autism and Scouting 2014 series throughout the year, you’ll have access to those as well at no additional cost.
If you’re an Autism Empowerment and Autism and Scouting Program supporter and wish to make a donation earmarked directly toward the Autism and Scouting program or any other program of your choice, you may do so here at our Financial Gifts page or by adding a donation to your order.
If you prefer to mail payment for your training, please make your check or money order payable to “Autism Empowerment” and indicate your name, email address, city, state, scouting affiliation (if applicable) and which option you are purchasing. Mail to:
Attn: A & S 2014 Training
3801 SE 184th Court
Vancouver, WA 98683
We will confirm via email after receiving your payment. THANK YOU!