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Autism Workshop Series

Free autism workshops for parents, teachers, therapists, and others working with children on the autism spectrum.

(BCBA CEU's will be available for qualifying workshops)


I never thought to use these techniques as a means to teach socialization, imitating, following directions, etc. Extremely useful!
Special Education Teacher

I feel more confident with incorporating these practices into my sessions. 

Early Intervention Specialist

"I was a Special Ed. Teacher (retired from BOE) Right now I am working in a Early intervention School, as teacher assistant. As we are working at home right now, I wanted to use my free time to update my knowledge of Communication with children through playing.Thank you very much for this workshop"

Workshop Participant

"I am a Teacher working with students in a Self -Contained Classroom. The information provided in this training was very helpful."

Workshop Participant

"I just want to thank you for the training. It was very informative and the strategies discussed could be used not only with children with communication delays but also with all  children in general."

Workshop Participant

"You have given one of the best workshops I've attended! Thank you."

Workshop Participant


Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices Webinar Addresses the 4 A's of Autism as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives


Monday, December 7, 2020

PRESENTER: Dr. Stephen Shore, Ed.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University, NY.

“It begins by getting into the mind of the autistic individual,” said Dr. Shore. “I believe that the 4A’s of Autism: Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, and Action, and reframing the way we communicate and socialize, can lead to more meaningful lives for autistic individuals.”

The webinar workshop focused on the positive acknowledgment of people who are on the Autism Spectrum, reframing thinking of autism in terms of deficit, disorder, and disability to an abilities-based model of autism. Through this model of acceptance and awareness, an appreciation to the autistic person’s special skillset is fostered, and action can then be taken by putting their strengths to best use when joining the workforce and supporting them when challenges arise.



Supporting Autistic People in Uncertain Times: Coping and Thriving During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Monday, October 19, 2020

PRESENTER: Dr. Stephen Shore, Ed.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University, NY.

No one is immune to the disruptions that the coronavirus pandemic is forcing upon daily life. However, for people on the autism spectrum, the loss of familiar routines and expectations can be especially damaging, often leading to deep, seemingly insurmountable anxiety. Fortunately, strategies and tools exist to guide and support autistic individuals to cope and thrive during these challenging times.



Introduction to Telehealth: Speech Therapy


Wednesday, September 16, 2020


From this workshop, attendees will learn about research studies that have shown the efficacy of teletherapy, learn about helpful resources for clinicians conducting teletherapy, and watch videos of speech therapy in action over a telehealth platform.


Occupational Therapy for Students with Autism Through the Telehealth Lens


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

PRESENTER: Alexa Moses, M.S., OTR/L.,
Julie Araujo, OTS., and Eliza De Armas, OTS.

This workshop will go over the definitions of Occupational Therapy, Telehealth, and explore the implementation of OT strategies within the telehealth platform in relation to the pediatric autism population. Participants can expect to learn how to use OT-based strategies and techniques via telehealth in order to address Activities of Daily Living, Sensory, Fine Motor, and Visual Motor difficulties that children with autism can encounter.



An Introduction to Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)


Monday, July 27, 2020

PRESENTER: Chaya Sara Tempelman, SLP-CF, TSSLD

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices (SKHOV) hosted a free webinar workshop, “Intro to Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC)”. SKHOV’s Chaya Sara Templeman, SLP-CF, TSSLD, led the presentation and provided an overview of the different AAC technology available, as well as helping participants understand the pros and cons of each technology and which populations, they serve best.



Developing Communication in Children Through Play


Wednesday, June 3, 2020


On Tuesday, May 12, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices (SKHOV) hosted a free webinar workshop, "Principles of Verbal Behavior". The presentation provided a comprehensive description of the field of verbal behavior, and was hosted by Ariela Harris, M.A.Ed., BCBA, certified behavior analyst at Shema Kolainu.



Principles of Verbal Behavior


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

PRESENTER: Ariela Harris, M.A.Ed., BCBA

On Wednesday, June 3, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices (SKHOV) hosted a free webinar workshop, “Developing Communication in Children through Play”. The presentation was led by speech-language pathologist, Leah Diamant, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, and was attended by over 1,000 participants around the world using the Zoom webinar portal.


Art as Communication

Thursday, April 24, 2020

PRESENTER: Art Therapist, Tzipora Silberman, MPS ATR-BC LCAT.

This special online webinar workshop covers how art can be used as a form of communication. Along with a discussion on the therapeutic benefits children with autism receive from expressing themselves through art, participants will gain a deeper understanding of art therapy and its success in increasing socialization skills and emotional development for children with autism.


Using Movement Strategies to Improve Emotional Regulation

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

PRESENTER: Occupational Therapist Alexa Moses, MS, OTR/L.

In this workshop, participants learned innovative techniques and exercises to help those with autism more effectively regulate their emotions while providing ways to build strength and improve motor functions.


Introduction to Pediatric Oral Motor and Feeding Therapy

Monday, June 25, 2018


In this workshop, you will learn about normal feeding patterns vs. feeding disorders in children. This introductory workshop will also cover techniques and strategies used to treat the broad spectrum of pediatric feeding disorders.


Opening Doors for Employment: Tips on Promoting Success for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Monday, May 28, 2018

PRESENTER: Dr. Stephen Shore

Even those individuals with ASD who achieved post secondary education or have highly developed skill areas often have difficulty selling themselves in job interviews and maintaining working relationships on the job. Drawing on his personal and professional experiences as an adult living with Autism, Stephen will share the strategies he has used successfully to find and secure employment and meet the expectations of employers for people throughout the autism spectrum.


Teaching Yoga and Other Physical Activities to Children with Autism and Developmental Delays

Monday, April 23, 2018

PRESENTER: Dr. Deborah Gruber, MEd, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

This workshop is designed to introduce behavioral strategies such as physical prompts, picture schedules, video modeling, and positive reinforcement in the context of yoga and other physical activities. In addition to overall health and well-being, these strategies promote independence for a wide range of skills including play, communication, and socialization.


Communication: Augmentative and Alternative Speech for Individuals with ASD

Monday, March 26, 2018

PRESENTER: Sara Goldstein, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Augmentative and Alternative communication (AAC) devices have been proven to be beneficial to the communication of both verbal and nonverbal children diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. This presentation by Sara Goldstein, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, will show evidence to support the impact of AAC on verbal output, in addition to a hands-on activity based on real-life case studies.


Posture and Gait Issues in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Monday, February 26, 2018

PRESENTER: Dalia Zwick, PT, PhD

Proper alignment of bones and joints is prerequisite to stabilize body motion during both static standing and dynamic walking. It is known that in individuals with ASD have a reduced perception of their body movement or shift relative to their own postural sway boundary. In this workshop, Dalia Zwick PT, PhD, shares posture principals of assessing the individual posture issues and suggests effective therapeutic yoga based postures and exercises.


Bullying: Practical Solutions for Eradicating Bullying for Individuals with Autism and Other Special Needs

Monday, January 29, 2018

PRESENTER: Dr. Stephen Shore

A great majority of people with autism experience bullying in school, in the community, and even into adulthood resulting in possible life-long negative implications such as lowered self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, and depression. This presentation will focus on informing parents, educators, clinicians, and others on how to identify and eradicate bullying on the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels.

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Shore, Adelphi University.

To watch parts one and two from the workshop, click the link below.


Leading Sensory Strategies: Shema Free Autism Workshop

Monday, December 18, 2017


The workshop, led by Alexa Moses, MS, OTR/L at Shema Kolainu, provided a comprehensive description of innovative sensory strategies. Some of the major issues, outlined in the presentation, included Sensory Processing Disorder, Self-Stimulatory Behaviors and Interventions, Snoezelen Room Use and Function, Easing Transitions During the Day, The Role of ABA and the ABA/Occupational Therapy Collaboration, Backpack Education for School/Home. Additionally, the audience was engaged in preparation of slime, a jelly-like toy aimed at providing different sensational experiences to children.


Verbal Behavior and Assessment: Shema Kolainu Free Autism Workshop

Monday, November 27, 2017

PRESENTER: Ariela Fuchs Harris, MsEd

A successful workshop on “Verbal Behavior and Assessment,” organized by Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, was held on Tuesday, November 28 at Touro College in New York City. The event attracted a wide range of people, coming from different backgrounds, including specialists, family members and caregivers, therapists, students, educators, scholars and the general public.


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