Supporting Young Children with Autism at Home and in School

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 12:00p.m. - 3:15p.m.

This workshop will provide an overview of ways to foster parent-teacher-child relationships and proactive strategies to prevent child meltdowns at home and in classroom settings. Qualitative and quantitative data on implementation of this program with early care and education providers and educators in Rhode Island will be presented. This workshop is ideal for caregivers, direct providers, as well as administrators looking for ways to support their teaching teams who work with young children with autism.


Stephanie A. Shepard Umaschi, PhD is the director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice at Bradley Hospital, providing organizational assessment, training, coaching, and consultation to community programs to facilitate the adoption, delivery, and sustainability of evidence-based programs for children and families. She also conducts program evaluation and research and is an early childhood mental health consultant with the Early Childhood Collaborative of the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center.

Dr. Umaschi received her MA in developmental psychology from Arizona State University and her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed her child clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in clinical psychology and a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental psychopathology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Minerva Ortiz, CCHW has been a bilingual-bicultural family support specialist and a presenter for The Autism Project for the past seven years. She is a graduate of the 2018/2019 RI LEND and joined the Children’s Neurodevelopment Center as a parent consultant and peer navigator for families of children with ASD and other DBP in July of 2019. Ortiz has received training in evidence-based practices to support neurodiverse populations, particularly children and adults with autism, and lead a monthly parent support group for Spanish speaking families. She is the mother of five neurodiverse adult children, and her presentations are infused with experience as a professional and a mother. Ortiz's unique perspective and insight have helped audiences connect with her in the United States, Central and South America, Asia, and Africa.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the Incredible Years Series proactive approach to building relationships among young autistic children, their parents, and their educators, as well as to preventing meltdowns in young children with autism at home and in school.
  2. Explain strategies that can immediately be implemented into home and classroom/early care and education settings; Become aware of ways administrators can support their teaching teams.
  3. Describe preliminary findings of a training program available to early care and education providers, teachers, and paraprofessionals in Rhode Island


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • 3.0 CE hours/credits (see below) 


  • Program fee: $49.00
  • Online registration closes on Monday, November 6.
  • For refund/cancellation information, please email [email protected] or call Mayra Colon at 401-606-5753.

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Credit Details

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education. 

Rhode Island Hospital designates this activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage, and family therapists.

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents, or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Location Information

All sessions in this series will be held virtually.