SPARC Services

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Classes and Workshops for Organizations/Schools/Centers

These classes vary with the audience, but the main goal is to introduce autism to those new to its world. All workshops are regularly updated with new information or research findings, and can be tailored to the age level. These classes aim to foster a community within the community built by parents/families, for parents/families!

In 2020, SPARC wrapped its first workshop series with BRIDGES Riviera Beach. In 2021, we did a very successful professional training in conjunction with the Early Learning Coalition of the Palm Beaches to train over 60 Early Head Start staff on Developmental Delays, Difficult Behaviors, and a new training called Ready Your Class.

SPARC is now currently offering trainings with the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County: called “Autism and Cultural Considerations,” and a new training on Sensory Integration created for the Infant Mental Health training series. We can easily cater the classes to families, communities, and professionals alike!

The classes offered vary with the needs/requests of the community and participants, but here are some examples of previous and future workshop topics:

Hello, Autism

This is the flagship training for SPARC.

This training highlights the various therapeutic approaches to autism and current research on the subject, along with an introduction to autism itself. It was created for those who work closely with autistic clients, such as daycare workers, teachers, service providers, and possible employers. The goal of this training is to gain both empathy and professional knowledge of autism. Presentation handouts with references and a Q&A with the presenter are included in this training. Each training usually lasts about 1.5 hours, but can be adjusted with the needs of the group.

Let’s Talk Development series

This series features the following trainings:

Let’s Talk Development: An introduction to the developmental milestones and expectations for children from birth to about 3 years of age.

Hello, Autism: An introduction to autism and specifically what autism is like for those who live with it.

Difficult Behaviors: A different way of looking at toddler behavior (both with neurotypical and neurodiverse children), and how identifying basic needs can reduce more troublesome behaviors.

A choice of three: Ready Your Class, Expanding Play, or Sensory Integration.

All of these trainings are also available individually.

Please note that all workshops are offered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, but can be adjusted to live trainings if needed or preferred.

Coaching Sessions

Usually offered in conjunction with any of the trainings listed above, coaching sessions are about an hour each, are done in groups, and build on skills and strategies learned in the trainings. Participants can bring case studies or questions from their everyday experiences to gain insight from the session leader and their peers.

SPARC is open to trainings unique to your department or organization (ex: schools, daycare centers, police, etc.). Contact Angel at angelw@sparcguidance.com for more information about custom-made trainings for your organization, or for prices and brochures about our services. SPARC also welcomes new ideas for future workshops/trainings, and speaking topics.

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