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    Click on the category below to view associated workshops and events. You may also browse our events calendar. Many events are added to the calendar and opened for registration approximately 30 days in advance.

    This page is frequently updated as events and guest speakers are added. Note that dates and events are subject to change.

    LAST UPDATED ON 11.12.19 

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    Two-Day STAR Training: Preschool/Elementary ABA & Evidence-Based Practices Workshop
    AUGUST 14 & 15, 2019

    Two-Day Paraeducator Training: Supporting Students with ASD
    OCTOBER 2 & OCTOBER 16, 2019

    Best Practices in Classrooms Designed for Student with ASD Requiring Very Substantial Support (Level 3 Severity) 
    OCTOBER 3, 2019

    Evidence-Based Assessment and Eligibility Determination for ASD: A Full-Day Overview
    OCTOBER 10, 2019

    Supporting Learners with ASD in General Education (Level 1 & 2 Severity) 
    OCTOBER 17, 2019

    Video Modeling for Students with ASD: A Hands-On Workshop
    OCTOBER 30, 2019

    Supporting PECS Implementation Throughout the Day
    NOVEMBER 7, 2019

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication and ASD: Improving Functional Communication Across Settings 
    NOVEMBER 14, 2019

    Girls with ASD: Understanding Differences in Evaluation and Intervention 
    NOVEMBER 21, 2019

    Tackling Tough Topics: Puberty, Sexuality, and ASD
    DECEMBER 5, 2019

    Teaching Social Emotional Skills to Young Children with ASD (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)
    JANUARY 23, 2020

    Teaching Social Emotional Skills to Students with ASD (Upper Elementary to High School)
    JANUARY 30, 2020

    Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Students with ASD: Strategies for Enhancing Social Competence  
    FEBRUARY 6, 2020

    The Incredible Power of Peers to Create Social Success for Children with ASD (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)
    FEBRUARY 20, 2020

    Social Communication Assessment for ASD Evaluations
    Date TBD

    Inclusive Kindergarten Training (IKT): An Intensive Two-Day Summer Institute
    Date TBD



    Anna Dvortcsak Attention EI/ECSE Service Providers! This event offered in collaboration with Northwest Regional ESD

    Project ImPACT Second Edition - Teaching Social Communication Skills to Children with Autism and other Developmental Delays 

    Presented by Anna Dvortcsak, M.S. CCC-SLP

    December 5-6, 2019

    Note, this event is in the early planning stages. We will post additional details as soon as they are available.


    Additional ASD special events are in development. Please check back.

    ASD Professional Learning Community (PLC)

    Meetings are help the first Monday of each month at Columbia Regional Program. The purpose of our PLC is to foster collegiality among educational professionals specialized in ASD, to share information and resources, and to participate in professional development. Email questions to Darthea Park.

    Dates for 2019-2020

    October 7

    November 4

    December 2

    January 6

    February 3

    March 2

    April 6

    May 4


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    Training Series for Parents of Children with Autism and Related Needs

    One Saturday a month (October-June), from 9:30am to 12:00 parents and caregivers gather to learn about how to use positive behavior strategies, promote social and communication skill development, and increase independence for their children with autism and related needs. Click here for printable flyer.

    Dates for 2019-2020

    October 19, 2019
    Visual Supports at Home: Following Directions and Routines

    November 16, 2019
    Supporting your Child’s Communication

    December 14, 2019
    Understanding your Child’s Behavior: ABCs & How to Respond

    January 11, 2020
    Positive Behavior Strategies: Increasing Prosocial Behaviors

    February 8, 2020
    Toilet Training 101: Tips & Tricks

    March 14, 2020
    Building your Child’s Independence with Self-Help Skills

    April 11, 2020
    Puberty, Adolescence, and ASD

    May 9, 2020
    Increasing your Child’s Social Interaction, Play and Leisure Skills

    June 6, 2020
    Community Opportunities and Success “Out and About”


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    What to Expect When You Have a Visually Impaired Student in Your Classroom
    OCTOBER 9, 2019

    Working with Visually Impaired Students as a Paraeducator in the Classroom
    OCTOBER 23, 2019

    Teaching Students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
    NOVEMBER 6, 2019

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    SUMMER, 2020


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    Play Group (Birth to Age Three)

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    Our Play Group welcomes families who have children who are Deaf or hard of hearing between the ages of birth and three. Join us for a morning of language-focused play and exploration. We will have toys and art activities for your little ones as well as snacks and opportunities to meet other families.

    Time for each playgroup is 10:00am to 11:15am

    We offer two different locations:

     Gladstone Center for Families & Children

    18905 Portland Ave.

    Gladstone, OR 97027

    CRP Early Childhood Center @ Wilcox

    (portable behind the main building)

    833 NE 74th Ave. Portland OR 97213

    September 27

    October 25

    November 15

    January 24

    February 21

    March 20

    April 24

    October 4

    November 8

    January 10

    February 7

    March 6

    April 17

    May 8 – All groups join at Wilcox for End-Of-The-Year Playgroup FUN!!


    Learn Sign Language


    Learn Sign Language:

    For CRP family members and children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Where:  Creston Elementary School, 4701 SE Bush St, Portland, OR 97206

    When:  Wednesdays, 6:15pm-7:30pm

    November 13, 2019

    December 11, 2019

    January 8, 2020

    February 12, 2020

    March 11, 2020

    April 8, 2020

    May 13, 2020

    Who:  Family members and children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and enrolled in the CRP program

    What:  ASL Classes for Children and Adults

    - Basic and conversational classes

    - Meet other families who have children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Why:  To learn to sign with your child

    Childcare provided for infants and toddlers. 

    This is a free event for families who have students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and enrolled in the CRP program.  Dinner will be provided.

    RSVP REQUIRED.  Please visit listing on events calendar for RSVP form or contact Pam Goska at 503-916-5570 ext. 78346.


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    Laying the Foundation for Deafblindness 
    August 19-20, 2019

    Working with Students who are Deafblind 
    Date to be determined


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    Switch It Up! Adapted Play and Learning for Students with Complex Motor Needs

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication and ASD: Improving Functional Communication Across Settings 
    NOVEMBER 14, 2019

    SETT Framework: A Student-Centered, Collaborative Team Approach to Considering AC/AT Tools and Strategies
    DECEMBER 5, 2019


    Districts in our region may request custom trainings specifically for their staff. The following list represents topics that we can focus upon, combine, or customize based upon staff interests and needs. To request a training, complete this CRP AT/AAC TRAINING REQUEST FORM. Questions? Contact a member of the OI/AT team.

    Assessment of Children with Complex Communication Needs

    Assessing children with Complex Communication Needs for eligibility and program planning purposes can be challenging.  In this training, we will review state eligibility requirements and share assessment tools and strategies that school districts have found helpful in this process.

    Communication Partner Training

    Successful communication is dependent not only on the augmentative communication tools available but also on communication strategies.   This training will teach partner skills, in addition to student skills, that are critical to allow students to develop effective communication.

    Partner Assisted Scanning

    Partner assisted scanning is a way for communication "partners" to "assist" students by listing or "scanning" through possible choices.  It is an especially valuable strategy for those who have severe motor challenges and limited functional vision.

    AAC Implementation Ideas and How to Get Started

    May be customized to emphasize different age groups (EI/ECSE, School-Aged).  This training will focus on providing educators and therapists working in early intervention or in school-aged settings with evidence-based techniques for teaching and implementing AAC. Topics will include incorporating the use of core vocabulary for motivating activities and also for communication for academic tasks (Science experiments, etc.).

    No tech and light tech AAC Ideas

    Have you wondered why, in this fast-paced world of technology, no or light technology tools should be considered? Confused about all the names for these tools (PODD, PAS, PECS, PCS, Pixon). This training offers an overview of how to create and use individualized no tech or light tech tools to enhance your students’ communication, and it reinforces how vital these tools are.

    Student Environment Tasks Tools (SETT): Framework for Identifying and Implementing Assistive Technology Interventions

    The SETT Framework is a tool that helps teams gather and organize information that can be used to guide collaborative decisions about services that foster the educational success of students with disabilities. Participants will learn why considering the Student, Environment and Tasks are just as important as considering the features of the Tools. Individuals will learn a team-based, approach to implement AT and AAC tools and strategies.

    Aided Language Stimulation and Core

    AAC is not just about tools, it about using effective strategies and techniques to teach communicative competence.  Very few students begin communicating immediately when a tool is presented to them, they need to be taught how to use the tool. This training focuses on one of the most important strategies for teaching students to communicate using AAC tools, Aided Language Stimulation. The Importance of modeling core vocabulary within authentic and motivating strategies will also be discussed.

    Programming and Use of Specific AAC Apps (Proloquo2go, LAMP, GoTalk Now, TouchChat, etc.)

    With all of the AAC apps that are available now, it can be challenging to keep up with how to go about programming the app so that it can be individualized for a particular student. This training is ideal for Speech & Language Pathologists that may not be familiar with a specific app and would like to learn more about how to program the device for their student.

    Mastering the Art of Switch assessment and Switch Access

    Switches help people with disabilities access a range of equipment and technology. The aim of a switch assessment is to determine which switch, movement and switch position is the most appropriate for the student. This involves a process of trial and error, trying a range of switches, movements and positions to determine which combination provides the most successful method of access to an activity for the user.

    iPads:  Switch it up!

    This provides a hands-on class with IPads provided by CRP that covers an array of apps that are specifically designed with built in switch access as well as switch access within iOS.


    The AT PLC emphasizes support for students with complex communication and motor needs with low incidence disabilities.

    Meetings are on Fridays from 9am-to-11am on the following dates:

    September 20, 2019

    November 8, 2019

    January 10, 2020

    February 21, 2020

    April 3, 2020

    May 15, 2020

    Email questions to Ruth McKee.


    The OI PLC emphasizes services provided by physical therapists and occupational therapists for students with complex motor needs who have an OI eligibility. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 9am to 11am at Columbia Regional Program

    Oct 30 (Willamette)

    December 4 (Columbia) 

    January 22 (Columbia)

    February 26 (Columbia)

    April 8 (Columbia)

    May 27 (Columbia)

    Email questions to Erin Bompiani.

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    Oregon Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) 

    Self-care and stress reduction for parents - presented by Christina Karns, Ph.D 
    September 27, 2019 3:00-4:00 
    WEBINAR: Register via this link

    The role of the SLP in multidisciplinary concussion management for adolescents experiencing persistent concussion symptoms - presented by Jim Wright M.A., CCC-SLP 
    March 23, 2020 3:00-4:00 
    Register via this link


    Additional TBI training opportunities at CRP are in development - please check back.


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