Get Ready to Learn
Acceptional Minds LLC offers a wide variety of content based classes to support families of children with special needs. While classes are geared for families navigating autism, all individuals seeking more information and support for other disabilities are welcome.
Classes are $40.00 per person, and there is no minimum amount of classes needed to attend. Preregistration and payment are required before attending classes. There are no refunds, but classes can be switched for a later date in the event of an unexpected schedule conflict.
Resources will be available for purchase on site. This includes, but is not limited to books, fidgets, and sensory items.
Parenting the acceptional child
Acceptional Minds offers an educational class series to help families and community members raising and working with children with unsafe or challenging behaviors. Our goal is to increase effective communication, explain brain development and function of atypical persons, and transition skills to support individuals with challenging behavior and communication needs. This weekly class series is offered in person and virtually based on scheduling.
Handle With care
Handle With Care Behavior Management System © is a de-escalation and restraints program designed to help decrease the need for crisis response contact. Examples are crisis centers/evaluations, police intervention, or hospitalizations. This is done through giving families and community members effective tools to manage challenging behavior in a safe and productive manner. Prerequisite: Parenting the Acceptional Child class series.
Ukeru Systems is a trauma-informed de-escalation and no restraints program designed to help decrease the need for crisis response contact. Examples are crisis centers/evaluations, police intervention, or hospitalizations. This is done through giving families and community members effective tools to manage challenging behavior in a safe and productive manner. Prerequisite: Parenting the Acceptional Child class series.
Content Based Trainings
- Acceptional Minds offers a wide variety of content based classes to support people with special needs, their families, their caregivers, and their community members. Many of the classes we offer are on subjects that are difficult to learn about, especially when you don’t know where to look for the information. Some examples of classes include the basics of autism, understanding Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and parental and guardian rights. These classes are designed to simplify complicated topics and make them approachable.
- Each class is $40 per person, and may be attended on an individual or group level. Each class provides the core curriculum of the topic as well as resources for further independent research.
How Does This Brain Work?! (A Guide to Survive)
This class explores the effects of autism on individuals across environments and how autism affects the family unit. It also discusses resources and tips for adjusting to a new diagnosis.
Sensory Solutions and Why They Matter
This class explains what “sensory” and “sensory processing” mean, as well as how sensory input can help a person with autism or other special needs. The class will see examples of commonly used sensory tools, be provided with independent techniques, and discuss the role of Occupational Therapists (OTs).
Acceptional Communications, Behaviors Count
This class explains the difference between receptive language and expressive language. The class will be taught different language techniques to use at home, school, and in the community in order to help improve verbal skills for individuals struggling with communication. The class will also discuss Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), various assistive speaking devices and programs, and the role of a Speech Pathologist.
Introduction to Modifying Challenging Behaviors
This class explores the relationship of challenging behaviors with language deficits, sensory issues, emotional self-regulation, and rigid thinking patterns. The class will be taught various techniques to address areas that provoke challenging behavior and will be shown how to proactively avoid certain behaviors. The class will discuss techniques on handling meltdowns. Introduction to Modifying Challenging Behaviors is required to take Applications of Modifying Challenging Behaviors.
Applications of Modifying Challenging Behaviors
This class is an extension of Introduction to Modifying Challenging Behavior and provides more in depth explanations of techniques. The class is an opportunity for group problem solving using personal examples. The class will also address questions for self-discovery. Introduction to Modifying Challenging Behaviors is required to take Applications of Modifying Challenging Behaviors.
It’s You and Me: How to Prepare for an IEP
This class discusses what an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is, what your rights and responsibilities are as a person with an IEP or a parent or guardian of a person with an IEP, and how to advocate for yourself and/or the person with the IEP. The class will explore how to compromise effectively, communicate with staff efficiently, and promote teamwork within the person’s support network.
Peer Sensitivity Training
This class teaches parents, caregivers, and community members how to teach peers and siblings what special needs are and how they can be an active part of any person’s life. The class will learn how to explain how neurodivergent people think, feel, and express themselves while relating back to the neurotypical peers. Through examples, the class will be given techniques to explain to neurotypical peers how to interact with a specific person, how to be peer mentors, and how to address language and sensory differences.
Autism for Professionals
This class provides an overview on what autism is, what it looks like, and how to communicate effectively and efficiently with autistic members of the community. It covers the concepts of identifying different behaviors, effective communication, foreshadowing, identifying triggers, working through unknown triggers, coaching through desired and/or necessary outcomes, and tricks to maintaining your own patience.