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Autism & the Hidden Curriculum: Creating Success in School, Home, and on the Job presented by Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.

October 22 @ 8:45 am - 12:45 pm

Autism Society Western New York & Autism Services, Inc.’s Autism Center for Learning invite you to attend virtual workshop:

Autism & the Hidden Curriculum: Creating Success in School, Home, and on the Job presented by Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.

Co-Sponsored by The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of WNY and Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists, PLLC

Virtual Workshop Saturday, October 22, 2022 

8:45 am – 12:45 pm EST

The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known. This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, it is not for those with autism or other special needs.

This session shows how the autistic brain – which is different not less, consistent with precepts of neurodiversity – processes the hidden curriculum. The speaker provides practical tips to these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life. When teaching the hidden curriculum, it is essential that we respect how the individual thinks and learns. Our goal is to teach the hidden curriculum to enhance the lives of autistic people, not change who they are.

This workshop is geared towards individuals with ASD, parents and professionals. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the autistic brain processes information, including the hidden curriculum
  2. Explain the hidden curriculum’s applicability to school, home, and on the job
  3. Identify hidden curriculum areas and items across the life span

Disclosure: Brenda Smith Myles financial – Ms. Smith Myles has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Non-financial – Ms. Smith Myles has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., formerly, a professor at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. Brenda has made over 3000 presentations all over the world and written more than 300 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she collaborated with the three organizations who identified evidenced based practices in autism. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Workshop Schedule

8:30-8:45: Registration/Login
8:45-9:00: Introduction
9:00-10:30: The brain and autism; Definition of the hidden curriculum and its impact
10:30-10:45: Morning Break
10:45-12:15: Examples of the hidden curriculum; Strategies to teach the hidden curriculum
12:15-12:45: Q and A

Download the workshop brochure here. Brochures also available online at www.autismwny.org and www.shawny.org.

Please note that this is a live webinar and will be broadcast in Eastern Standard Time.
Online registration is required. Please note that there will be no mail-in registration for this event.

REGISTER:  https://autism-services-inc.org/resources/semi-annual-workshops/

Materials (i.e. registration links, handouts, etc.) will be e-mailed to attendees approximately 1-2 days prior to the workshop. If you have a PayPal account, the email associated with that account will be used for all correspondence including Zoom links/handouts.

Individuals with ASD and Parent/Caregiver Scholarships based on financial need are available. Call 716-633-2275 to apply.

Registration Type
Special registration rates to celebrate our 35th workshop!
Price CEUs
Parent/ Family/ Individual w/ASD $5 n/a
Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist* $25 .35 ASHA CEUs included**
*SLPs, please click “return to merchant” after your purchase to be directed back to our site to provide your ASHA number.
**ASHA CEUs are only awarded to ASHA members who are eligible and have paid the CE Registry fee.
OT or COTA $25 3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Hours for OTs/OTAs***
***Please note that these hours may be used towards completing AOTA continuing competency requirements but are not offered through an AOTA approved provider.
PT or PTA $25 .3 NYS PT Board Continuing Education Hours
Other Professional/ Paraprofessional or Student $15 No CEUs Awarded
Online Registration Deadline: October 19, 2022.  No refunds after October 12, 2022


October 22
8:45 am - 12:45 pm
Event Category:


Autism Society WNY
Autism Services Inc.