Dr. Jed Baker

"Managing Frustration and Anxiety
and Teaching Social Skills"

WHEN:  Saturday, October 21, 2017

TIME:  8:00am to 3:00pm

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems.  He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations.  In additional, he writes, lectures, and provides  training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of nine books spanning a wide range of topics related to autism, including "Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens." His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

Outcome objectives:
1.  Understand how  best to think about challenging behaviors to insure better outcomes.
2.  Learn strategies to deal effectively with anxiety and frustration; both to deescalate and prevent meltdowns.
3. Identify ways to motivate verbal and non-verbal students to want to socialize.
4. Learn how to choose effective strategies for teaching and generalizing skills.
5. Create programs for typical peers to accept students with disabilities, reduce bullying and model positive behaviors.

COST: $20 per person pre-registration includes conference and boxed lunch; $20 per person on-site conference fee; NO lunch included.


  • Wegmans 1/4 sub (ham, turkey or roasted veggie), chips, cookie, apple and water
  • GLUTEN FREE OPTION: chef salad, apple, chips and water

CREDITS AVAILABLE: ACT 48 & DPW | Certificates will be provided (at no charge) for the attendee to provide to their school district to receive continuing education credits for Act 48 or  DPW hours.

CHILD CARE/TEEN CLUB: We are excited to be offering a morning Scavenger Hunt, games, and movies for our child care and teen  club participants.  After lunch,  child care and teen club attendees will have the opportunity to visit the UPlay Gaming Trailer.  The gaming trailer offers stadium seating to play Xbox 360, Wii, WiiU, and Playstation.  Climate  controlled and all the latest games.  Games will be age appropriate.  The gaming trailer will be offered from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

Parents are responsible for purchasing or packing a lunch for their children/teens.  All purchased lunches MUST be pre-ordered.

  • Kid's Lunch Box (Wegman's) includes: 1/4 sub, fruit cup, cookies, and juice box ($6.00)  Choices: ham, turkey, or cheese.
  • Teen Lunch Box (Wegman's) includes:  1/4 sub, chips, cookie, apple, and water ($10.00) Choices: ham, turkey or roasted veggie
  • GLUTEN FREE OPTION:  chef salad, apple, chips, and water ($10.00)
For more information visit: nwpa-asa.org/autism-in-our-community    REGISTER NOW

Pumpkin Farm
Sisson's Pumpkin Patch

WHEN:  Thursday, October 12, 2017

TIME:  5:00pm to dusk

It's time for our annual trip to the pumpkin farm!  It's an event you won't want to miss.

Enjoy a variety of wholesome activities for the whole family!  Hay Ride, Corn Maze, Slides, Pedal Kart, Hay Fort, Obstacle Course, Logic Maze, Pumpkin Sling Shots, and the favorite of all.....CORN BOX!

Members: Free          Non-Members:  $6.25 per person



The LEGO Social Club is an effective way for children and teens with social difficulties associated with an autism spectrum disorder to improve their social interactions and communication skills.  The club is designed for grades K - 10.

Our Fall Session started in September with 52 participants!  The club meets the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30am to 11:00am.

Thank you, Auto Racers for Kids Charity, for providing funding for our LEGO Social Club 2017-2018!

Interest in joining LEGO Social Club?  For more information, visit: nwpa-asa.org/events/lego-social-club

Building Friendships  Brick by Brick

Designer Purse Bingo Thank you!

Thank you to our family, friends and community for supporting our  first Designer Purse Bingo!  The evening was a huge success with 16 designer purses, 8 wallets and themed basket winners.  Lots of smiling faces taking home their loot!

Thank you to everyone that volunteered, donated baked goods, purchased tickets and promoted the event.  We are pleased to announce the Bingo raised $3,006 toward our mission goals!

We believe all children, teens, and adults have special strengths, talents and gifts.  Some of these talents we may know about.  Some are yet to be discovered. Each one of us have potential to make this world a better place.  Through volunteering we can ALL Make a Difference.

Interested in volunteering?   Sign up today

ovember Happenings

Splash Lagoon Family Day

Sunday, November 12, 2017
2:00pm to 6:00pm

For more information: CLICK HERE

IEP Workshop & Training

Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:00am to 12:00pm
Autism Society NWPA office
Join us to create your own IEP binder.

For more information: CLICK HERE

Annual Household Membership

Children are special gifts.  Many of us search for that perfect toy car, doll, video game, or gift card to  give a child for birthdays and holidays.  At the Autism Society NWPA, we have a great gift idea for  the growing number of families and professionals helping those with Autism....an annual membership.

This membership includes the sensory and social family outings for free or at reduced cost to many local sites and events in Erie.  We also offer member-only and member appreciation events.

The cost for the membership is only $25 per household annually.

In addition to the events and great support from other families and children, the benefits of community resources are abundant.  Don't forget the grandparents!  Memberships are a perfect way to include grandparents all year long.  Contact the office at (814) 455-3540 if you would like to gift a membership for a family.

Not a member and would like to join? JOIN NOW

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