Clinical Practice Workshops

About Clinical Practice Workshops:

Throughout the year, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute provides training on specific, empirically-validated assessment and intervention strategies. Participants engage in didactics, often combined with hands-on experience. Fidelity of implementation practice, data keeping and hands-on guided practice using the strategies are special features of this training.

Current clinical practice workshops being offered are listed below.

Creating Learning Opportunities for Young Children through Play

This workshop is intended for early intervention specialists, paraprofessionals, child care providers, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists.

The focus of this workshop will be on development-enhancing intervention strategies. Because play is the foundation for concept and language development, as well as the basis for much of a toddler's social interactions, we will focus primarily on strategies for enhancing play development. Participants will learn how to select toys to maximize children's concept, language, play and social learning. Participants will learn how to structure play interactions to create learning opportunities for young children with social, language and autism-related impairments. Participants will gain a better understanding of play levels and will be given the opportunity to practice identifying these levels through guided video instruction. This interactive workshop will also provide participants with training on how to create developmentally appropriate goals for young children.

This training for professionals takes place at various times throughout the year.