Lectures and Special Events

CEASD Friday Friendly Forums


The Center for Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders is happy to present Friday Friendly Forums, a series of conversations with Center staff on a variety of autism spectrum disorder topics:

Friendly Forum 1
Structure and Flexibility: This is the first Friday Friendly Forum in a series.  This series is intended to provide support for families and caregivers of children with ASD as they navigate the homeschooling experience.

Friendly Forum 2
Virtual PPT Meetings: Dr. Kimberly Bean & Dr. Kari Sassu share considerations for attending a virtual Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting.

Friendly Forum 3
Transitioning to Homeschooling: In this Friday Friendly Forum, members of the Center team meet with parents to discuss the tribulations and triumphs associated with transitioning to homeschooling. 

Friendly Forum 4
Supporting Communication: Dr. Barbara Cook provides guidance on ways to support communication for individuals with ASD during this time of social isolation and beyond.

Friendly Forum 5
Self-Care for the Caregiver: Dr. Kari Sassu discusses the concept of self-care and its importance, especially as it relates to those caring for children with special needs during this time of added complexity.

Friendly Forum 6
Collecting and Sharing Critical Information with School Teams: In this Friendly Forum, Kari Sassu is joined by Center team members Deb Puglia and Karen Meers, who present information about how parents and caregivers can collect data in the home setting to inform their children's school experiences.

Friendly Forum 7
Sharing Strategies with Short-Term Caregivers & Babysitters: This week's Friendly Forum provides strategies that can be shared with babysitters and short-term caregivers of children/ adolescents with autism. It offers a glimpse into the more comprehensive training, "Sit for Autism," available through the Center. Kim Bean and Deb Puglia join Kari Sassu in this week's forum to provide these tips.

SCSU CCD PEERS Virtual Program

Young Adult Social Skills program based on the UCLA PEERS program

(an evidence-based caregiver assisted social skills intervention for youth 18– 21 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorders)

A program for young adults
with Autism Spectrum Disorders
who use spoken language and do not present with an intellectual disability

Topics Include: conversational skills, dating skills, handling peer pressure, appropriate use of humor, electronic communication, handling teasing, bullying and disagreements with peers, and good sportsmanship


WHEN: Sessions will be held via a Zoom platform weekly on Mondays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. The first session will be on June 16th, with a final session on July 27th. Participant and their caregiver may attend together but will be in different groups using the Zoom platform.

Sponsored by:

The Center for Communication Disorders @ Southern Connecticut State University, Davis Hall, Fitch Street, New Haven CT 06515
COST: No cost

WHO to contact to register: Dr. Barbara Cook @ 203-392-7119 or email at cookb5@southernct.edu.