Workshops / Education


RISE for Autism seeks to enlighten the typically developing community on Autism Spectrum Disorders to expand the capacity of our community to effectively serve individuals with ASD and improve interactions in schools, businesses, and the community at large.

The mission of RISE for Autism is to provide community and professional awareness, family support and

resources, financial assistance, and a lifetime continuum of therapeutic services to promote confident, competent individuals with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders. RISE for Autism workshops and conferences that provide networking opportunities for families, caregivers and service providers while offering expertise of workshop/guest speakers and vendor tables on therapeutic services, recreational opportunities, and other issues directly supportive of this population.

Understanding autism spectrum disorders and mastering effective treatment strategies is a core component of improving the lives of individuals with autism.  We offer a number of workshops and conferences presented by experts in the field throughout each year.  We offer a free parent training series on topics such as “Managing Challenging Behavior”, “Fostering Communication”, and “Using Visual Supports to Promote Independence”. We also offer professional trainings, workshops, and conferences at a cost to participants, which provide continuing education units (CEUs) for speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). 

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Spring Sunday - Understanding the IEP Series

Part 1: Sunday, January 27, 2019

  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE - Must Register To Attend

This Workshop will focus on the key rules/regulations, jargon/terminology/ and basic steps involved in the IEP process.

Part 2: Sunday, February 24, 2019

  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE - Must Register To Attend

This Workshop will focus on the roles/responsibilities of the team members creating and maintaining effective communication with the school team, and engaging in effective problem solving with the school team.

Part 3: Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE - Must Register To Attend

This workshop will focus on the key elements/sections of the IEP and how good IEPs are developed.

SELF CARE - Sunday Series

Introduction to Mindfulness and Aromatherapy

Sunday, March 10, 2019

If you have heard about all of the research surfacing on the benefits of these ancient techniques to support health and well-being...but can’t fathom sitting in a quiet room, cross-legged and “breathing” for 45 minutes...this class is for you! Join Heidi to explore a variety of contemporary and “do-able” strategies to support sleep, stress management, immunity, and general health. 

Contemporary Meditation

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Many of us with stressful lives and a “to do list” a mile long know meditation would be good for us, but we can’t seem to find the time or stop our minds from “thinking” long enough to consider it. Heidi was there herself when she started; and has a mission to share meditation, in a contemporary way, that is pleasurable and accessible to everyone. Join Heidi as she educates about meditation, and leads the class through a few short (and eye-opening) meditation experiences. All are welcome. However, beginners and non-meditators are especially encouraged to attend. 

Just Breathe

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Can you remember the last time you did something for you? Many times we are last on our own list...forgetting that if we do not take care of ourselves, we can not effectively take care of others. Join Heidi for a session of pure self care. Participate in gentle movement and mindfulness activities focused on relaxation and self-awareness, make an aromatherapy roller or inhaler to take with you, and learn how you can access these feelings of stillness and calm any time you want. You will leave with a sense of fulfillment and be more ready than ever to face the next challenge. At the very least, you will leave relaxed and with a smile! 


RISE for Autism Center

510 McCormick Drive, Suite U-W

Glen Burnie, MD 21061