Autism PLC News and Opportunities

  • Autism and Mental Health in the Classroom: Free Two-Part Web Training

    Posted by CRIS Autism Team on 9/15/2022

    The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network is presenting a free two-part training:

    Supporting Autistic Students in the Classroom with Anxiety and other Mental Health Challenges: Your Questions Answered

    1 in 44 school-age children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autistic students are much more likely than non-autistic students to experience mental health challenges, including difficulty with emotion regulation, anxiety, and depression that may be exacerbated by experiences of bullying, victimization, and segregation within schools. There is an urgent need to support the mental and behavioral health of autistic students. In the past year, the SEMHTTC team has disseminated resources related to identifying and supporting mental health challenges in this population, with a specific emphasis on anxiety here. The purpose of this two-part series is to build on the didactic content covered in our earlier learning sessions (learning session 1learning session 2) and provide more opportunity to cover a case example, engage in discussion, and have ample time for Q&A. In each sessions, we will provide a very brief overview of the prior content we covered (15 minutes), have an in-depth discussion of one case example (15 minutes), and ample time for questions and open conversation related to the mental health of autistic students (25 minutes). 

    Session 1 
    Wednesday, September 28
    12:00 - 1:00pm EST (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PACIFIC)


    The first learning session will be devoted to identifying anxiety and other mental health challenges in autistic students. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify anxiety and signs of other mental health challenges in autistic students.
    2. Describe risk factors for autistic students to develop anxiety and other mental health challenges.
    3. Identify anxiety signs within one case example of an autistic student.

    Session 2 
    Wednesday, October 5
    12:00 - 1:00pm EST (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PACIFIC)  


    The second learning session will center on evidence-based approaches and practices that can be used within schools to support the anxiety in autistic students. By the end of the office hour, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe evidence-based approaches to support anxiety in autistic students.
    2. Understand different ways that mental health programming can be delivered to autistic students in schools.
    3. Identify strategies that may support an autistic student as described within a case example.

    About the Speaker

    Katherine Pickard, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is currently an assistant professor and licensed psychologist at Emory University and the Marcus Autism Center. Her primary focus is the translation of evidence-based practices into community systems that are naturally positioned to serve children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays. Dr. Pickard’s research is grounded in community-engaged research models and guided by dissemination and implementation science. Dr. Pickard leads and collaborates on research examining mechanisms that foster the adoption, implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices within a variety of community systems, including early intervention and public school systems. She is particularly interested in the role of families and community stakeholders in shaping interventions as they are implemented within the community, and in other factors that impact the reach and sustainability of translation efforts. Clinically, Dr. Pickard has a strong background in supporting individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She holds specific expertise in parent-mediated interventions for young children with autism and their families, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth with ASD and co-occurring anxiety.


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  • ABAI Autism Conference in San Diego!

    Posted by Bradley Hendershott on 9/14/2022

    Association for Behavior Analysis International

    17th Annual ABAI Autism Conference


    Sunday, February 19–Tuesday, February 21, 2023


    Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel; San Diego, California


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Autism PLC Meeting Dates, Contacts, and Resources

  • AUTISM PLC DATES FOR 2022-2023

    • October 10, 2022
    • November 14, 2022
    • December 12, 2022
    • January 9, 2023
    • February 13, 2023
    • March 13, 2023
    • April 10, 2023
    • May 8, 2023

    Meeting times are from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


    Membership in the PLC is limited to early childhood and school-based professionals in Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco counties who are specialized in providing consultation and training to support students on the autism spectrum (e.g., autism specialists, BCBAs, behavior coaches). To inquire regarding membership, please contact Darthea Park at