Encore Support Services

Where training takes center stage

Encore Institute offers training and professional development workshops for therapists, interns, and paraprofessionals. Our goal is for workshop attendees to explore new ways of helping the children under their care.

Headliner guests include renowned speakers and trainers, who teach a wide array of skills and techniques in all areas and domains, including social skills, reading, sensory integration, executive functioning, and much more.

Workshop attendees are presented with certificates of completion at the conclusion of each workshop, yielding additional resources to grow their careers and provide a higher standard of care.

Instituting Progress
with Passion

Encore Institute is proven to teach more than what caregivers learn in their formal training. Our programs involve more than books and theories, as we incorporate real-life situations into our curriculum. The result is a more care-ready professional with their head in the right place and their heart in everyplace.

Onsite skill

The many workshops at Encore Institute create wonderful opportunities for testing and practical application of both formal education and advanced skills. Attendees get a firsthand experience of the realities and complexities involved in working with our children and their families, educators and other professionals.


To enable our therapists to offer Encore-grade support to children in our mutual care, we empower them with access to our proprietary interactive systems that help track and monitor child progress. With one digital login they can track success, collaborate with the child’s entire team, and contribute to other areas of care.

A closer look at big-picture training

Observe and develop different

and unique ways to interact with each child to uncover their hidden trigger—that little something that makes them crack a smile, or acknowledge that they understand and like what they are doing—and feel the greatest sense of accomplishment and pride every time a milestone is reached.

Learn our holistic approach

to learning that allows us to delve into each child’s world and form a bond with the child, the family and the care team. Alongside other professionals and the child’s family, fight for a child who cannot defend him or herself—and succeed because you have the tools, the support, the resources, the education and the experience.


    Professional Development Schedule

    Presented by
    Tziporah Koslowitz, Ph.D. (January 15, 2018), Chana Hoch, PHD, BCBA-D (February 7, 2018), Meir Flancbaum, Psy.D (February 13, 2018), Fraida Flaischman MA, OTR (March 6, 2018), Christine Peck, Psy.D., BCBA-D (April 11, 2018), Gail J Richard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (April 29, 2018)
    2018 is here, as is our expanded investment in your professional development. To help you plan for participation, we are providing you the following list of scheduled Encore Institute workshops through June 2018:


    Parenting a Child Exhibiting Intense Emotions

    Presented by
    Chaya Henchy Friedman, LCSW, M.A.Ed.
    Module 1: You, Your Child, and Emotional Intensity
    7/12/17, 7/19/17, 7/26/17, 8/3/2017 and 8/9/2017, 8:00 PM- 9:00 PM and 9:00 PM- 10:00 PM

    Week 1: Our own primary and secondary emotions

    Week 2: Our children’s continuum of emotions

    Week 3: How to respond to children emotionally, reasonably and wisely

    Week 4: What we ought to assume about our child

    Week 5: Finding wise responses/ The art of validation


    Moments of Clarity: Reflections on Children Who Struggle

    Presented by
    Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
    6/7/2017 9:00 PM-10:00 PM
    Mr. Lavoie will reflect on the insights that he has gained over his forty-year career in Special Education. The presentation celebrates these children…and the professionals who serve them.

    On the Waterbed: The Special Needs Child at Home and in the Family

    Presented by
    Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
    6/7/2017 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM
    This seminar - for parents and professionals - explores the impact that a struggling child has on the family’s dynamic. The concept of FAIRNESS will be explained as well as the importance of advocacy for the special needs child. Specific strategies will be presented that will provide a roadmap for this challenging journey.

    Hands on Strategies for Improved Learning Outcomes

    Presented by
    Fraida Flaishman MA, OTR
    3/1/2017 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM
    Participants will learn hands on strategies to promote regulation, attention, visual and auditory processing, and handwriting abilities in their students. Practical strategies that can be employed in 1:1 learning sessions as well as in the classroom will be reviewed.


    By the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

    ·               Recognize the foundation building blocks necessary for learning

    ·               Demonstrate an understanding of strategies for promoting sensory regulation

    ·               Learn and practice activities to promote their student’s attention

    ·               Learn and practice tasks that promote visual and auditory processing

    ·               Identify and implement strategies for improved handwriting


    Advocating for Your Child

    Presented by
    Alexandra Hindes- Attorney, Law Office of Neal Rosenberg
    1/31/2017 8:00 PM
    Learn about your legal rights as the parent of a special education student born in 2012 and the options available to your child as he or she transitions from CPSE to CSE.

    Understanding Challenging Behaviors

    Presented by
    Dr. Hannah Hoch Ph.D., BCBA-D
    11/20/2016 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
    Individuals with disabilities and special needs are at risk for the development of challenging behavior. Why is your student screaming in class, or having tantrums on a daily basis? Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is an evidence-based process for determining the reason behind, or function underlying, the behavior. This workshop will provide an overview of the process of conducting an FBA, and how to use it to better understand challenging behavior and support your students. The purpose of the workshop is to provide professionals with the tools to assess variables that cause and maintain problem behavior.

    By the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

    1. Identify basic principles of functional behavioral assessment

    2. Determine aspects of and variables in the environment that can set the occasion for challenging behavior

    3. Implement varied techniques & strategies to identify the function of  a specific challenging behavior


    Social Skills Leadership Training

    Presented by
    Perri Hecht M.S., CCC-SLP/A, Cert. AVT, LSLS and Faigy Schachner MS Ed, LBA, BCBA, SBL
    September 2016, January 2017, May 2017
    Many children who are academically successful still have difficulty establishing, and maintaining friendships, relating to peers in an appropriate way and understanding the subtle nuances of social language and interactions. Social skill groups are a vital way to support a child and teach the skills he needs to feel competent and socialize with his peers. Towards this goal there has been a proliferation of social groups.

    Although many professionals can identify children’s deficits in all of these areas, what is lacking is a systematic structured approach to assess these skills and address them in a way that these skills can be learned and generalized to other settings. The purpose of this training session is to teach a systematic way of assessing the deficits of the individual, and to delineate a structured approach that can be used in individual therapy as well as in a group setting. The group needs to include direct instruction, modeling, practice of skills, coaching and prompting, feedback and problem solving and using teachable moments and unstructured play to maximize the learning process.


    This course is designed to teach professionals such as BCBAs, special educators, speech language pathologists, social workers, and occupational therapists, the frameworks, concepts and strategies to enable them to better understand the social learning experience thereby, enabling the professionals to help others improve their social cognition and skills. Attendees will learn how to assess the social cognitive level of each child and how to establish individualized goals and treatment plans for each child to be addressed during individual therapy and in the group environment. Attendees will learn to assess the group members’ level of various modes of communication such as conversation skills, body language, facial expression, emotional regulation and awareness of themselves and others. They will learn how to structure a group to incorporate the different methods needed to affect behavioral changes such as, direct instruction, modeling, positive practice, coaching and using affective prompt procedures. In addition, they will acquire behavior modification techniques to ensure the smooth running of the group.

    Course Objectives

    Participants will be able to:


      1. Identify 5 components of running a successful group
      2. List 15 common skills addressed in social skills groups
      3. Complete an individualized assessment form
      4. Identify the 5 steps needed to effectively teach any targeted behavior or social skill
      5. Create and implement an individualized curriculum for a sample group
      6. List four components of teaching individual targeted skills
      7. Develop strategies to increase cooperation and foster a positive atmosphere within the group setting
      8. Teach conversational skills by looking at the various components of communication and targeting each skill individually



    Comprehensive Kriah/ Reading Course

    Presented by
    Rabbi Duvid Ungar- Toras Pichu
    May 2016, September 2017, January 2017

    Participants will learn:

    • An entire new perspective on Kriah, the skills necessary for each level of reading, and the relationship between each level
    • To develop phonological awareness, step-by-step guidance in teaching, practicing and internalizing each level of reading
    • How to conduct reading assessments, create a remediation plan, and track progress

    Understanding the Sensory Child

    Presented by
    Fagie Bodner OTR/L
    3/7/2016 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM
    Children with sensory processing disorder will often present with disruptive behavior as well as decreased focusing and attending skills. This course focuses upon educating special educators, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and mental health professionals on understanding the child with sensory processing disorder. The clinician will learn how to discern whether behavior is sensory based and how to apply sensory techniques in order to increase cooperation and focusing.

    Each participant will receive concrete ideas and exercise techniques on how to organize, focus and calm their client. The professional using these techniques will easily engage their clients in a productive session.


    In this workshop, participants will:

    1.            Learn to maximize sessions with sensory techniques and exercises.

    2.            Understand the theory of sensory processing disorder and how to break down behavior  according to the 3 sensory systems

    3.            Become familiar on how to apply sensory exercises according to behavior

    4.            Learn how to utilize sensory aids and techniques according to behavior

    5.         Understand how to apply emotional and cognitive techniques according to behavior


    Resources and Interventions to Teach Social Communication, Social Interaction, and Emotional Regulation Skills

    Presented by
    Joel Shaul, LCSW
    This workshop aims to equip special educators, speech-language pathologists, and mental health professionals with abundant, ready-to-use lessons, activities and games that they can use immediately in their work. Each participant will be shown how to access Joel's website and to download and use dozens of free printout games, activities, worksheets, slide presentation and lessons on the topics of conversation, relationships and emotional regulation. During this workshop, the presenter will clearly explain the materials, and in breakout sessions participants will practice using them.


    Attendees will be able to:


    -Describe how to optimize engaging and visual elements of learning for students with social deficits.

    -Demonstrate how to alter social skills teaching methods between individual, small-group and classroom-size settings.

    -Demonstrate the use of several psycho-educational games and activities to promote social communication skills.

    -Demonstrate the use of several psycho-educational games and activities to promote relationship skills

    -Demonstrate methods to increase awareness of social cause and effect in children with social deficits.

    -Demonstrate the use of several psycho-educational learning activities to promote awareness and regulation of emotions.



    More Than Decoding

    Presented by
    Estee Lieber, MS
    10/18/2015 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM
    Reading encompasses multi-dimensional components of decoding, fluency and comprehension. This workshop will delve into the decoding aspect of reading development. The skill of reading, specifically decoding, requires more than knowledge of phonics and word recognition. Teachers need to be aware of additional factors that inhibit reading at the decoding level. Following this increased awareness, teachers need to view each task and analyze it for these factors prior to placing demands on student that may be causing additional frustrations.

    In this workshop, participants will:


    1.            Explore neurodevelopmental constructs of memory and attention as fundamental to reading.

    2.            Differentiate reading and spelling tasks in terms of memory and attention demands.  Gain practical techniques to address these areas.

    3.            Learn to utilize student’s strengths to compensate for memory and attention deficits while simultaneously strengthening these areas of weakness.

    4.            Plan lesson sequence based on cognitive and conceptual skills.

    5.            Become familiar with the phonological processes underlying beginning reading.  Learn strategies to enhance phonological awareness and proficiency.


    Efficient and Effective Ways to Help Students Develop Social Finesse

    Presented by
    Devora Samet, MS
    10:15 AM- 12:15 PM

    Above all, arm yourself with the passion

    the compassion and the drive to place a child’s needs ahead of everything else.