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Family Education

At Academy360, we know that parents/family caregivers are the constant in a child’s life. We work to support families through education, training and other programs.

Family Workshop Series

Our Spectrum of Options Seminars are designed to provide parents with the tools to effectively address the needs of children with autism and behavioral and related disabilities in the home and community to enhance their development. Academy360’s staff and other leading professionals provide training on evidence-based best practices such as: managing challenging behaviors and increasing independence in the home and community. Many of our workshops are free and open to the public and the professional community.

Registration is required for all Spectrum of Options seminars. Parents/caregivers have the first opportunity to register, so keep an eye out for notifications of event registration in virtual backpacks, e-blasts and Facebook as they become available.

2017-18 Spectrum of Options Seminars

  • What Individuals and Families Need to Know about Support Coordination
    Featuring Melanie McGackin, The Family Resource Network, and Ann Marie Bruno-DiFalco, Caregivers of NJ
    Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00 PM
    Location: Academy360 Upper School
    This workshop provides direction in choosing a support coordination agency to help facilitate a smooth transition to adult life.
  • Communication is FUNdamental
    Featuring Dr. Anthony Castrogiovanni, and Robin Scheib, A360 Supervisor of Related Services Dept.
    Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00 PM
    Location: Academy360 Lower School
    Many of our children and young adults have difficulty with communication. This workshop will cover how communication impacts our learners in all ways; from how to make a choice, to answering questions, to how communication impacts play, academics and our children’s lives every day.
  • Psychiatric Medication Update
    Featuring Dr. Mark Faber, Psychiatrist
    Date: Tuesday, March 6. 2018, 7:00 PM
    Location: Academy360 Lower School
    The most recent information related to Autism Spectrum, ADHD, mood, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Medications used will also be reviewed. Audience Q & A will be included.
  • Reducing Problem Behaviors in Children with Autism & Related Disabilities
    Featuring Vincent J. Carbone Ed.D, BCBA-D, and Megan Maguire, M.Ed., BCBA, behavior analyst at Academy360 Upper School
    Date: Wednesady, April 11, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Location: Academy360 Upper School
    Problem behaviors interfere with learning and daily activities. Functional assessment provides a standard for analyzing and treating these behaviors. The workshop will cover methods for analyzing and treating these behaviors using science-based methods. Video illustrations of effective methods will be provided as clinical illustrations.
  • Technology to Increase Independence
    Featuring Dave Marra, Apple Senior Systems Engineer, and Randall Palmer, S360 IT Coordinator/Teacher of Internet and Online Technology
    Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Location: Academy360 Lower School
    Discover ways in which Apple is making exciting technology available to individuals with special needs to increase their ability to function independently.

Parent Support Groups

We know that raising a child with a disability can be challenging. That’s why Academy360 offers support to parents of our Lower School and Upper School students. Our free Parent Support Groups are a chance to connect with other members of our community in a relaxed and supportive setting. Groups are led by our clinical staff and provide the opportunity to learn from other parents’ experiences and share your own, learn about professional and community resources, and enjoy the support of others dealing with similar concerns and issues. Dinner and childcare are provided during all Parent Support Groups.

In-Home Parent Training Program

Our In-Home Parent Training Program provides opportunities for Academy360’s professional staff to work directly with families and caregivers in the home. We provide training in specific interventions and strategies to manage their child’s behaviors. Extended family, caregivers and other therapists working in the home are encouraged to take part in this training.