Upcoming Trainings & Events

Upcoming Events

 

October 8, 2019

Navigating Life as an Adult on the Autism Spectrum

Adulthood brings increased independence, new relationships and responsibilities, and the need toadapt to new work and educational environments. Come join us as we discuss what it is like to live as an adult with an autism spectrum diagnosis. The discussion will include a panel of adults with autism who will share their experiences and insights. Dr. Krasno will also provide education and information on local resources.

Presenter: Anna Krasno, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director of the Koegel Autism Center and a licensed clinical psychologist. She oversees the clinical training and supervision of the Autism Center staff and is responsible for designing and implementing clinical service initiatives.

Free to the Public

When: October 8, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm

Where: Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

November 12, 2019

Wisdom from Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum

The discussion for our November discussion series will focus on the experience of raising a child on the autism spectrum. Come listen to a panel of parents describe their personal experiences on topics such as diagnosis, accessing treatment, supporting siblings, handling developmental transitions, and maintaining their own self-care. In addition to moderating the panel, Dr. Vernon will provide information on local resources for families with children with autism.

Presenter: Dr. Ty Vernon is the Center Director of UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center, an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, and a licensed
clinical psychologist. His research interests focus on the development of interventions for
individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder.

Free to the Public

When: November 12, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm

Where: Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

December 10, 2019

Promoting Flexibility: Stretching Possibilities One Day at a Time

Responding to transitions and unexpected changes in routine is part of daily life. This talk will
focus on specific strategies to practice behavioral flexibility throughout the lifespan, including
managing transitions and rigid patterns that could interfere with day-to-day activities or social
exchanges. Along with two presenters from the Koegel Autism Center, a panel of parents will
share their experiences practicing flexibility in daily life with their children.

Presenter: Emily Ferguson is a doctoral student in Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology
(clinical emphasis) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include
the design and dissemination of social interventions for individuals with ASD with a range of
verbal and cognitive abilities. She is also interested in developing methods to teach emotion
regulation skills to individuals across the spectrum of ASD.

Presenter: Maria Jimenez is a first year doctoral student in Counseling, Clinical and School
Psychology (clinical emphasis) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research
interests include the design and dissemination of parent training interventions for families with
children with ASD. She is also interested in understanding how to improve treatment access,
engagement and outcomes for culturally diverse and under-served families of children with
ASD.

Free to the Public

When: December 10, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm

Where: Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

Past Events

June 20, 2019

July 25, 2019

August 22, 2019

Autism Safari Nights

Drop the kids off to play while you connect with other parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children will enjoy a movie, reading corner, bounce house, and sensory activities while parents eat, drink, and mingle.

Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase, so you can take a night off from making dinner too! The Zoo's gift shop will be open and offer sensory backpacks for sale.

Advance registration is required. Childcare is provided at no cost by the UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Zoo restaurants offers gluten-free items.

When: June 20th, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM; July 25th, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM; August 22nd, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Cost: Free with Registration

The Autism Safari Nights are currently FULL! Please check back for future events!

June 14, 2019 Zoo-A-Palooza

June 2019 marks the one year anniversary of the Zoo becoming a Certified Autism Center, so join in on the celebration! Children of all ages are warmly welcome to the first annual Zoo-A-Palooza, kid's party at the Zoo. Meet your favorite characters, Chase and Skye from PAW Patrol, join DJ Hecktik's dance party, and enjoy mad scientist experiments, climbing wall, train rides, and crafts presented by partnering community organizations. The Koegel Autism Center will have a booth, so be sure to stop by!

When: June 14th, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 PM

Where: Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

For more information about the event, or to buy tickets, please follow this link

November 6, 2018 PREPARING FOR LAUNCH: TOOLS FOR THE TRANSITION INTO ADULTHOOD

By Dr. Anna Krasno

Our next presentation, geared for parents of children with and without autism, focuses on strategies to ensure that older children and teenagers are equipped with the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to young adulthood.
Adulthood brings increased independence, new relationships and responsibilities, and the need to navigate new work and educational environments. Come join us as we discuss important considerations for parents as they shift from raising kids to supporting them as they become young adults. Drawing from current research and her experience at the UCSB Autism Center, Dr. Krasno will provide tips and tools for empowering parents and children to work collaboratively to jointly navigate this significant life change.

Presenter: Anna Krasno, Ph.D., is the Clinical Director of the Koegel Autism Center and a licensed clinical psychologist. She oversees the clinical training and supervision of the Autism Center staff and is responsible for designing and implementing clinical service initiatives.
The monthly Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Program is made possible through collaboration between UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center and the Santa Barbara Library to bring highly engaging and informative content to the local community. It will take place the first Tuesday of each month during the academic school year.

Free to the Public

When: Tuesday November 6th from 6:30-8p (One hour presentation followed by a Q&A)

Where: Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

June 5, 2018
6:30-8:00 pm

Know the Signs: Autism in Early Childhood

Santa Barbara Public Library at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA
The next presentation in the monthly UCSB Koegel Autism Center’s Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Series will focus on the development of autism symptoms in infancy and toddlerhood. Come join us as we discuss the early warning signs that parents, caregivers, and educators should know. This presentation will include video examples to highlight behaviors that may indicate concern. Participants will also learn about a new clinical initiative to support infant social development that will be offered by the Koegel Autism Center.

Presenter: Liz McGarry, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology (clinical emphasis) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a graduate student clinician and researcher at the Koegel Autism Center. Her research interests involve the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions to promote early social engagement in infants and toddlers at-risk for ASD. Liz has developed an online Pivotal Response Treatment training program for parents to learn about and implement treatment strategies at home with their child.

The monthly Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) series is made possible through collaboration between UCSB's Koegel Autism Center and the Santa Barbara Library to bring highly engaging and informative content to the local community. It will take place the first Tuesday of each month.

Free to the Public

Click here to RSVP!

May 1, 2018
6:30-8:00 pm
 

Promoting Well-Being in Caregivers of Individuals with Autism

Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA
The next presentation in the monthly UCSB Koegel Autism Center’s Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Series will focus on supporting the well-being of parents and caregivers of individuals with autism.
Come join us as we discuss the unique parenting challenges that arise when raising a child with autism. This presentation will encourage resiliency in caregivers by providing practical self-care strategies as well as emphasizing the importance of supportive communities. Participants will also learn about local resources including the ongoing Parent Education and Support Group offered by the Koegel Autism Center.

Presenter: Anna Krasno, Ph.D., is the Clinical Director of the Koegel Autism Center. She oversees the clinical training and supervision of the Autism Center staff as well as designs and implements clinical service initiatives. Dr. Krasno is a licensed psychologist and obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (clinical emphasis) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Her post-doctoral training was completed at Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM) in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

 

April 6, 2018

Improving the IEP Experience: Tips and Tricks for Parents and Educators
Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

The next presentation in the monthly UCSB Koegel Autism Center’s Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Series will focus on strategies for improving the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) experience, for parents, self-advocates, and educators. 

Geared towards parents/self-advocates and professionals alike, this presentation will describe practical strategies and ideas to facilitate a positive IEP experience. Specifically, information will be presented to address common parent barriers/concerns, as they relate to the IEP process, as well as recommendations presented, regarding ways in which the educational team can work to ensure parents 1) understand the IEP process 2) trust in the IEP process and 3) are active members in the process. This hour-long presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

Presenter: Sarah Pelangka, Ph D, BCBA-D, E.S.C., is a Doctor in Special Education, as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctorate, and a credentialed special education teacher. Dr. Pelangka’s IEP journey commenced 14 years ago, when she began attending her sister’s IEP meetings. She is now the owner and primary advocate for Know IEPs? Our mission is to ensure a collaborative and trusting experience ensues, between families and the district, allowing for a positive IEP experience.

March 6,
2018

Autism Seminar & Discussion: Socialization in Schools and the Community for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Santa Barbara Public Library Literacy Center at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

The next presentation in the monthly UCSB Koegel Autism Center’s Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Series will focus on strategies for providing socialization opportunities for school-aged children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive school and community contexts. Geared towards parents and professionals alike, this presentation will describe practical strategies and ideas based on current research for facilitating social interactions within inclusive school and community settings and activities. This hour-long presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

Presenter: Kelsey Oliver, M.A., is a doctoral candidate at UCSB in Education with an emphasis in Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk Studies and a clinician at the Koegel Autism Center at UCSB. Her research interests include developing practices for educating and supporting parents of children with ASD and establishing interventions that support inclusive education of students with ASD in schools.

February 6,
2018

Autism Seminar & Discussion: Raising a Social Child (with Autism)
Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery at 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

Introducing UCSB Koegel Autism Center's free monthly Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Series. Our center has collaborated with the Santa Barbara Library to bring a new presentation the first Tuesday of each month. Our first one hour presentation will be February 6th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm followed by a Q&A session in the SB Library's Faulkner Gallery.
This first presentation will focus on practical strategies to motivate and empower toddlers, children, and teenagers to seek out peer connections. Drawing from the latest research on friendship formation and maintenance, this presentation will highlight strategies that parents, school staff, and other professionals can implement across community settings to jumpstart social relationships for youth with autism.

Presenter: Dr. Vernon is the Center Director of UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, and a licensed clinical psychologist. His research interests focus on the development of socialization interventions for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder.

November 8,
2017

Know the Signs: Autism in Early Childhood
Koegel Autism Center (Santa Barbara, California)

Are you interested in learning more about early signs of autism spectrum disorder? Please join the Koegel Autism Center team for a free workshop to learn about early signs of autism between the ages of 0 to 5. This workshop will take place on November 8th, 2017 from 6 to 8pm at the Koegel Autism Center. Community resources and referrals will be provided.
If interested, please click HERE to register. If you have any questions about the workshop, you can reach us at (805) 893-2049 or autism@education.ucsb.edu.

October 29,
2017

Yoga on the Wharf
Stearns Wharf (Santa Barbara, California)

Power of Your Om's final yoga fundraiser for the Koegel Autism Center will be held this Sunday at 9am at Stearns Wharf. The class is donation-based, so bring a friend, get a great workout, and give to a great cause. 100% of the proceeds from this class will go to supporting the Koegel Autism Center!

October 25,
2017

Raytheon National Disability Employment Awareness Month Engagement
Raytheon Conference Center (Goleta, California)

Invited Presentation: Autism in the Workplace

Presenters: Ty Vernon, Ph.D. & Paul Griffin

October 13-14,
2017

The Help Group Summit 2017 Conference
Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, California)

Conference Presentation: Modifying Pivotal Response Treatment to Jump-Start Social Development in Toddlers with ASD

Presenter: Ty Vernon, Ph.D.

October 12-13,
2017

Center for Autism and Related Disorders’ (CARD) 17th Annual Autism Conference
Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, Maryland)

Conference Presentation: Social Tools And Rules for Transitions (The START Program)
Presenter: Ty Vernon, Ph.D.

August 3-6,
2017

American Psychological Association 125th Annual Convention
Washington Convention Center (Washington DC)

Symposium Presentation: Modeling Socialization Improvement Growth Trends of Adolescents Participating in an RCT of the START Program for ASD
Presenter: Ty Vernon, Ph.D.