How to Enjoy Caregiving: Caring for Your Loved One with a Disability
Thursday, October 4, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by Melinda Burns, Director of Adult Education at Wildwood Programs
As a caregiver, you make a huge difference in your loved one's life. Caregiving is a very
important role that takes continual effort and hard work! Join us at this workshop to
learn about practical ideas, tips and resources to help make the journey more
manageable and enjoyable.
Overcoming Obstacles: Becoming More Flexible and Positive
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by: Michelle Brown, LMSW, Coordinator of Integration & Advocacy at
Wildwood Programs
In this interactive workshop, I will assist participants to explore life goals and dreams
and examine the obstacles we all face. People will be encouraged to learn problem
solving techniques to overcome obstacles. We will discuss methods to remain positive,
adjust life goals when necessary and to retain a successful attitude. Realistic problem
solving will be discussed.
The Transitional Spectrum for Children
Friday, October 12, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by: Scott Iovinella, Transition Specialist and John Clausson, Coordinator for
Transition Readiness Dept. at Wildwood Programs
During this workshop you will be provided with a general overview of service transition
throughout school, options after graduation, the current state of OPWDD and what you
can be doing NOW to prepare your son or daughter for their life after graduation. It is
NEVER too early to gather information and learn about these services. Parents and
guardians of children in all age ranges are encouraged to attend.
* Please note that for this workshop we will only have 5 openings for staff members:
Parent/Guardian presence is strongly encouraged.
Recipe for Reducing Problem Behavior
Friday, November 16, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Part 1)
Friday, November 30, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Part 2)
Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by: Marianne Simon, PsyD & Janean Sylvester, In-home Behavior Support
Specialist, Wildwood Programs
With the holidays approaching you’re probably thinking about the food you want to
prepare, and you might also be dreading the vacation, having your kids home all day
with nothing to do but drive you crazy. In this two-part workshop, we will introduce you
to ABA, the science of behavior, the functions of behavior, and tools you can use to
track behavior. Think of it as a recipe for getting problem behavior under control. In Part
2, we will use the data you collected and talk about some possible function-based
strategies you may want to try. Come prepared to actively participate in discussion and
data collection. We will give you the recipe, you collect the ingredients (data) and go
home with a fully-cooked plan to reduce problem behavior, so you can enjoy wine
instead of whining with your dinner.
*Please note that for this 2-part training, attendance on both dates is necessary and
The Path to Success Begins with Self-Advocacy
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by: Dr. Knapp-Ines, Clinical Investigator at CARD (Center for Autism and
Related Disabilities)
It is never too early to teach self-advocacy skills to your child. This two-hour training will
discuss the importance of being able to advocate for oneself, ways to teach selfadvocacy
skills, and supports that will help individuals with autism learn about
themselves and their specific likes and dislikes.
All workshops will take place at:
Wildwood Programs, 1190 Troy-Schenectady Road, Building 1, Latham, NY 12110. The
trainings will be held in Conference Rooms A & B.
Light refreshments will be served.
To Register call 518.640.3300
(For questions only, please contact Michelle Singh at 518.640.3350

By Shameka McDuffie, HR Coordinator

    Human Resources is doing everything they can to speed the hiring process so we can get quality people on board as fast as possible. First and foremost, we’ve eliminated reference checks!

    Yes, you heard me right. With the new pre-hire process, HR has contracted with a third party, Commercial Investigations, that will now check references and education requirements.

    So, what does that mean for our managers?

By  Melinda Burns

    Looking out over a gorgeous valley on a sunny day …. hiking through trails in the woods…. swimming in the pool on a hot summer day…. roasting marshmallows for s’mores around the campfire… All these are part of the Camp Wildwood experience in Altamont for many people.

    With capital improvements completed, including a new Nursing Administration Building,  septic system and additional bathrooms, Camp Wildwood is a jewel for all to appreciate!

By Michelle Brown

Wildwood empowers the people we support to lead productive and fulfilling lives. We always look for new methods to enact our mission. In the Spring of 2018, an informational Rights Education training was developed to do just that.  The adults we support and their families are provided opportunities to attend these interactive learning sessions.  

Every year, in this week of the year is set aside to honor our Direct Support Professionals. Our DSPs are the people who carry out our mission 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It isn't an easy job and it calls for a person to be responsible for another individual's safety and, very often, fulfillment. That's not a position just anyone can fill.

To get an idea what it means to the people who do that job listen to Tawana from our Best Road residence:

Jason Cummins is a DSP in Day Services. He hasn't worked as a DSP as long as Tawana but all you have to do is talk to him to get a sense of how important his work is to him.

If you receive supports or have a family member who does, you don't have to be reminded about how important these professionals are.



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