Autism Workshop Series

A free workshop series for parents, teachers, therapists, and others working with children on the autism spectrum. 

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

An Introduction to Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

A presentation by Chaya Sara Tempelman, SLP-CF, TSSLD. Speech Therapist at Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices

This workshop will explain the use and implementation of AAC technology. Attendees will gain an understanding of which populations can benefit from AAC as well as the different types of AAC available. This is an introductory level course and will provide a basic overview of AAC.

**Attendees must be present for the whole presentation and complete a survey at the end to qualify for a Certificate of Attendance.

*** This event is free and made possible by the New York City Council Autism Initiative. We extend our thanks for providing the necessary funds for our workshop program.


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

We Are Back with a New Series of Workshops!

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. 


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. 

The workshop, led by Ariela Fuchs, M.S.Ed at Shema Kolainu, provided a comprehensive description of applied behavior analysis in relation to verbal behavior. The speech drew largely on ‘Verbal Behavior,’ a work by B.F. Skinner in which he analyzed language from a behavioral perspective and the impact that language has on a person’s environment. Ms. Fuchs supported her talk with numerous examples taken from Skinner’s work and her personal experience as an ABA Therapist and a student, pursuing Post-Master’s Degree in Board Certified Behavior Analyst Program (BCBA).

The workshop achieved its primary goal of providing parents, caregivers and professionals with practical guidelines of teaching autistic children language and other vital skills essential for their future. As a nonprofit, specializing in quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring, Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, a model school and center for children with autism and related disabilities, offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapeutic programs to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment. The school reaches out to children and their families in all five boroughs of NYC and helps students develop the necessary skills to reach their greatest potential.
Workshop Information

All workshops are hosted at Touro College from 10:00am - 12:00pm,
with doors opening at 9:30am

Touro College
33 West 23 Street
New York, NY 10010-4202
(Across the street from The Home Depot)