January 30, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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Free Seminar for parents and professionals in and around Cambria County.

Sponsored by the 2nd Annual Moxham Street Hockey Turkey Cup Reunion Game!

Shawn McGill, MSW

March 31. 2012

1:00 -4:00 pm

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

The Living/Learning Center

450 Schoolhouse Rd. Johnstown, PA 15904


Program Description

Parent and clinical consultant in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1998, Shawn McGill will present a lecture that addresses how we can best support persons on the spectrum to understand and safely express their sexuality.  This comprehensive and unique training increases one’s knowledge and awareness on how to best prepare your child for puberty, and how to best support them in navigating the many aspects of sexuality.  You will learn educational and supportive methods to explain sexual feelings and body changes and to teach about legal and safe sexual expression.

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

  • Describe brief overview on sexuality and sexual development
  • Gain proactive measures with to teach about puberty, dating and sexuality
  • Understand challenging behaviors that may be associated with sexual expression, sexual frustration or lack of understanding.



January 30, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by Candace Robick

April 14, 2012

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA

35 Wilson St. #100

Pgh, PA 15223


Participants will become familiar with the five essential components of reading to include:  phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  A thorough description of each essential reading component will be reviewed and individual reading strategies will be presented and integrated to encourage and promote the most fluent reading practice in students.

Click HERE for the brochure!

Click HERE to Register!


Spring ABA Conference 2012

January 15, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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ALL Parents and Individuals with ASD Can Attend for $35.00 Thanks to the Caste Family Fund
ABA Spring Updated


Doubletree Hotel – Monroeville

Friday, March 23, 2012

8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Wayne W. Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D

H.B. Munroe Professor of Behavioral Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center;
Director of Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Munroe-Meyer Institute

Morning Session: Early Intervention for the Core and Associated Symptoms of Autism

Participants will be able to:

  • describe the defining characteristics of autism, Asperger syndrome, and other autism spectrum disorders;
  • define the components of early intensive behavior intervention for autism;
  • explain the relative costs and benefits of early intensive behavior intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder;
  • Understand the basic principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis involved in the treatment young children with autism
  • Identify critical skills that may facilitate the development of a wide array of additional skills.
Afternoon Session: Functional Analysis and Treatment of Aberrant Behavior in Autism

Participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between topographical and functional approaches to categorizing aberrant behavior
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of indirect and direct functional assessments and formal functional analyses
  • Identify potentially effective behavioral interventions based on the results of a formal functional analysis


Parent Special Rate – Thanks to Caste Family Fund  -  $35

Student or Individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Reduce Rate – Thanks to Caste Family Fund                -  $35

Family Member or Individual                                     –  $70

Professional (including credits)                                  - $140


CEU’s provided for:   Psychologists, Counselors, (AOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association, PA Educators Act 48, Social Workers, (ASHA) American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, (BCBA) Board Certified Behavioral Analysts

Click HERE to register!

Click HERE to view the conference brochure!

(Please note special Parent Rate not reflected in brochure.)

Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Opportunities Form Click Here

12th Annual Gala

January 15, 2012 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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Celebrate our new name with us!


The Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD)

Saturday February 18, 2012
6:30pm Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres
7:15pm Dinner Stations, Program and More

Our evening will include:

specials recognitions, a silent auction, music  and other entertainment

Cocktail Attire

Complimentary Valet  Parking

New Location: Phipps Conservatory

Click HERE to print an invitation.

Click HERE to print an RSVP card!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

TRIB Total Media

UPMC, UPMC Health Plan, and

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

RJ Lee

PNC Bank

Stifel Nicolaus Institutional Equity Sales

Matrix Medical Network

LB Foster

Royal Mile Commercial Real Estate

Pressley Ridge Day School for Autism

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

The Watson Institute

Family Behavioral Resources

Autism Education and Research Institute


Community Care Behavioral Health

Ernst & Young LLP

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

The Pittsburgh Pirates

Guttman Oil Company

Jefferson Regional Medical Center


Alliance Health Wraparound

NHS Human Services

Lexington Insurance Company

Koppers Inc.

Value Behavioral Health

Federated Investors Foundation Inc.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh

Marsico Construction Services

Nathan Speech Services

Del Suppo Inc. Swimming Pools/

Tri-State Pool Covers, LLC.

Debra L. McAllonis

RBS Citizens Mid Corporate Banking

Roy Diamond & Associates

PGT Trucking

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Don’t forget to get your sponsorship information in!

If you have not received sponsorship information and would like to sponsor please click HERE.



Our silent auction is a fun and important part of each year’s Gala.  Your donations are critical to our success.  Dinners, event tickets, jewelry, spa certificates, retail gift cards, specialty toys, or your other creative prize ideas are needed.  Small things may be mailed to our office.  If you decide to put together a larger basket or other collection of gifts, we will arrange to pick them up from you.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

If you would like to support the Gala through the SILENT AUCTION please click HERE

8th Annual All Abilities Camp Fair

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Saturday February 4, 2012
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Mall at Robinson

100 Robinson Centre Drive
Pittsburgh, PA  15205

Come See What Your Child Can Do This Summer!

Kids Running

Camps for typical children and those with disabilities

Inclusion friendly camps and programs

Full and half day programs

School and preschool age camps

Information regarding extended school year (ESY)


Family Link Logo

Some of the Exhibitors include:

AOT, Inc.

Autism Society of Pittsburgh

Community Care Behavioral Health

Computing Workshop

Family Behavioral Resources


Girl Scouts Western PA

Glade Run Lutheran Services

Pressley Ridge School for Autism

Rule Law – Paul Rule (Extended School Year Table)

Slippery Rock University

Southwestern Human Services

Total Learning Centers

Quest Therapeutic Camps

The Watson Institute

Wesley Spectrum Services

Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic

Woodlands Foundation

YMCA Butler County

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