Training & Workshops
For Professionals Who Work with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Have Dreams provides a number of autism-related interactive trainings and workshops for families and professionals across the state of Illinois including one, two and five-day seminars. These trainings and workshops provide comprehensive instruction regarding structured teaching for children on the autism spectrum.
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.
Jeff Salt, D. Clin. Psy.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director of Psychological Services
Dr. Salt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families and schools. Dr. Salt served as Staff Psychologist-Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as Autism Consultant-Senior Research Project Professional at the University of Chicago. Dr. Salt is a respected consultant on ASD and provides training for the ADI-R and ADOS autism diagnostic instruments. Dr. Salt has conducted numerous lectures, authored many research publications, and participated in funded studies related to ASD.
Caroline McCarthy, M.A.
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.
Training Participant Testimonials:
"The training was extremely informative, and I learned more (in one day) about Autism and how to work with children who are on the spectrum than I have in years!"
“The training was excellent and so specific to what social workers
are asked to do with children on the spectrum. The information was very useful and highly relevant to what I do each day and I found it invaluable since I have very little experience working with younger children with autism (I had more experience working with older students diagnosed with Asperger's). I would find follow up
consultation and/or training to be very helpful.”
“Hands on make and take was great, especially since we could
choose an activity that was most helpful for us. OUTSTANDING training that I think would be great on an ongoing basis
(e.g., try some things, come back together to hear what works/what needs improvements/share ideas/refresher on what we
didn't use after the first training). I wish I had it a long time ago!”
“This was an excellent training. The examples provided and the
video’s helped us understand how it works in action. It is clear
that you are dedicated to increasing knowledge of best practices for students with autism, given that you provide/share materials for us.”
“Thank you for an amazing day! The information you provided was useful, practical and easy to understand and apply to my work. You also injected much inspiration into my practice - I went back to my classrooms with a renewed sense of enthusiasm! Thanks again!”