Preschool Autism Training Series

Note: Registration has reached capacity so this series is now closed.

Preschool Autism Training Series

Preschool teams and preschool teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and related service providers are invited to attend the Preschool Autism Training Series, a series of three professional learning dates presented by Denise Sawan Caruso from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI).

The Preschool Autism Training Series will provide participants with information and strategies on a variety of topics associated with understanding the diverse needs of your children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The series will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 27, October 18, and November 15, 2019, and will be held at the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West in Toledo. Lunch is not provided. Contact hours [15] are available to participants for complete series attendance.


Team Attendance Encouraged

Team participation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended as teams may choose to engage with OCALI and SST 1 staff throughout the school year.


Day 1 | September 27

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Sensory Processing: Implications for Behavior & Learning

Part 1: To be able to successfully assist young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is important to understand the characteristics of ASD. This session will introduce participants to those characteristics and differences of young students with ASD and the core skills that they need to help their development. Interventions, strategies, and other supports will also be shared.


Part 2: This session will help participants gain an understanding of sensory processing challenges and the impact this can have on a young child’s ability to play, learn, and participate in daily activities. Participants will be introduced to environmental modifications and other interventions and strategies to support a young child’s sensory challenges.


Day 2 | October 18

Understanding & Supporting Communication in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Communication is the foundation of all learning and interactions. This session will introduce participants to communication in young children with ASD and focus on how to develop and implement communication supports including assistive technology for young students.


Day 3 | November 15

Social-Emotional Competence Play & Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Being able to develop the ability to interact socially can be one of the most challenging aspects of life for individuals with ASD. This session will introduce participants to ways through which young children with ASD can acquire and build social competence skills. The session will also explore interventions that can be implemented to help develop social competence, play, and friendships.

Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West


The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West is located at 2275 Collingwood Boulevard in Toledo, Ohio. A map with directions to this location is embedded below and available online.