Training & Workshops

For Professionals Who Work with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

All Have Dreams trainings are based on the philosophy of Structured Teaching developed at the TEACCH Autism Program. Over the past several years, we have trained over 7,000 educators, parents and professionals in best practice autism intervention methodology.

Upcoming Training Dates for Professionals and Families            AJ and Maddux







Training Presenter:


Caroline McCarthy, M.A.
Lead Trainer

Caroline McCarthy is a special education teacher with 15 years experience. Caroline has provided trainings for Have Dreams for five years. She provides expert ASD consultation to families and schools.


Christine Bellosa, M.A., LCPC

Christine Bellosa is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and has been a trainer at Have Dreams since 2010.
She has had experience working with individuals and families affected by ASD across various settings such as Have Dreams, schools, residential, hospitals and in-home.  Currently, she is working in private practice in addition to training.

Basic Elements of Structured Teaching (BEST)

  1. Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  2. Basics of Structured Teaching
  3. Practical Application and Interventions
  4. Interactive lectures and instructions

A two-day interactive workshop providing an overview of Structured Teaching and its application for moderately to severely challenged children with autism spectrum disorder. Video presentations of three students (beginning level, mid- and higher-functioning) enhance the lectures and provide information for the hands-on activities.

Structured Teaching Classroom Set-up (CSU)

A 5-day training covering characteristics and classroom assessments of students with autism; principles and implementation of Structured Teaching; working with families of children; communication and socialization strategies; proactive behavioral strategies promoting independence.
A direct, supervised experience in a demonstration classrooms setting; hands-on experience with children with autism of varying ages and functioning levels; presentations and demonstrations of Structured Teaching philosophies and methodologies; working with a team to set-up a classroom including arranging the physical structure of the room.

Current Topics in Autism

Topics presented could include:

  • Administrator Panel Discussion (Elementary, High School and Therapeutic Day School
  • Females on the Autism Spectrum
  • Current Research in Communication
  • Effects of Social Media, Gaming & Internet on Individuals with ASD
  • Sexuality, Safety & ASD
  • Business Perspective of Hiring Individuals with ASD
  • And more

This is an annual seminar designed to bring together professionals from various disciplines who are experts in the field of Autism Research and practice.

Autism 411

This autism training session includes basic information on autism, including, characteristics, diagnosis and treatment. Participants will receive information on the learning, communication and social deficits that affect individuals with autism. Structured Teaching strategies covered in this training have been shown to reduce challenging behaviors. Click here to watch a video for more information: Autism 411

Reading, Math & Social Skills

 Reading: Dozens of ideas for adapting books and increasing literacy. Skill levels range from matching concepts through advanced reading comprehension and even ideas for book groups 

Social Skills: Various ways to adapt commercially available independent and social leisure materials to make them accessible and enjoyable to children with autism

Math: Tutorial on creating activities for beginning level Math

TTAP (TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile)

The TTAP (TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile) is a new assessment tool developed by Division TEACCH in North Carolina. The TTAP provides a meaningful profile of skills and goals for people with autism spectrum disorder over the age of 12. This workshop breaks down the administration of the TTAP in a user-friendly way and is enhanced by video segments.

Make & Take Training

A hands-on autism workshop in which participants make and take tasks they can use in their classrooms. Participants will view a  presentation on creating top quality tasks based on the principles of Structured Teaching and will then create tasks for their students in the instructional areas of Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies. Emphasis is on making tasks that can be used to measure both State Standards and IEP goals. Additional topics include data collection and implementation.

Structured Teaching Academy 

  • A year–long schedule of 10 days of autism specific trainings and support in cohort programs of maximum 25 classroom teachers.
  • Teachers will be mentored and trained to provide district/schools in the following: Autism 411, ParaPro, Related Services Module and more.


Questions? Contact Lydia Wissing at or 847-685-0250, ext. 111.

Request a Training

To schedule a training or register for a workshop please contact or send the appropriate forms to Lydia Wissing at If a scheduled training is full, please call Lydia Wissing at (847) 685-0250 ext.111 to have your name put on a waiting list.