Holistic Learning Center | New York


Here is a list of courses available.

Antecedent Management Strategies and Deescalation Procedures: How to Avoid Explosive Behaviors and How to Integrate Students Back Into Class Routines Post Episodes – An Online Class

This 90 minute 1.5 credit CTLE class will focus on:

• Understanding how class structure impacts classroom behavior
• Understanding systems that increase the likelihood of prosocial behavior and decrease maladaptive behavior
• Curriculum to teach appropriate school social skills
• How to speak, act and follow up during crisis intervention moments, and
• Systems for reintegrating students into productive school routines post explosive episodes

You may participate in class without acquiring CTLE units, it is optional.
For credit, a quiz will be sent to you and graded. You must pass with an 80% grade for credit.

Duration: 90 minutes
Cost:  $148.50
Once payment is received, your link and password will be sent.

Understanding the Student with Autistic Spectrum Disorders – An online course

Exploring language disorders, behavioral disorders and socialization difficulties, understanding sensory processing disorder and how students perceive stimuli for the purposes of environmental and teaching strategy modifications

Duration: 3 Hours
Cost:  $297
Once payment is received, a link to your video course will be sent.

Introduction to Applied Behavioral Analysis – An Online Class

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the hands on application of the theories of behaviorism as they relate to educational or adaptive skill acquisition. ABA as an instructional approach is often utilized to address the specific cognitive, social, and language skill areas for children with specialized learning needs and is recommended as the primary means of treatment for children on the Autistic Spectrum. Instruction is individualized following an assessment of the student’s skill to identify areas of strength and areas of need. Specific goals are determined and the objectives necessary to arrive at the successful acquisition of those skills are initiated.

The use of ABA in skill acquisition is not limited to academic skills but can also be incorporated into play activities, social skills and self help activities. The use of ABA techniques is also not limited by diagnosis or age. It is the skill of the practitioner that dictates its use and its effective application to the individual learner. Instruction often combines discrete trial presentation of skills along with opportunities to generalize skills within a more naturalistic play or daily routine activity.

During an ABA lesson, the following is utilized:


In order to ensure that students move from gathering skills with prompts to independent skill demonstration, it is necessary to systematically reduce prompts and reinforcers quickly, as the child skill level dictates. This movement from “ritual to repertoire” makes learning fun and eliminates the “robotic” stereotype behaviors that people often associate with ABA.

Susan Varsames, M.A. Ed., Director of the Holistic Learning Center and the educational staff function as the primary educators providing ABA services at the center. Some professional special educators are working for the center, and provide homebound services as well as services in the center. To learn more about Susan and the other staff, click on their bios. All our educators have been utilizing the principles of ABA for many years in the classroom and in the home setting with both toddler and elementary school aged children with specialized learning needs.

Duration: 8 hours
Cost: $450 Non-CTLE Credit / $792 for 8 CTLE Credits
Once payment is received, a link to your video course will be sent.


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A Holistic Approach to the Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping through the Meridians for Emotional Release

Learn how to tap through your meridians to release negative emotions such as fear, anger and guilt. Your sympathetic nervous system protects you by going into “fight or flight” mode, and tapping assists with releasing the stuck emotions in your body that may cause pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression. Releasing these emotions and replacing them with positive affirmations supports recovery and assists you in reaching your highest potential.

Instructor: Susan Varsames, HLC of Maui Owner, Educator, Reiki Master and CranioSacral Therapist. Susan’s bio can be read here.

Susan uses EFT with children and adults. She will provide examples, literature to read, several handouts and diagrams so you are able to use this technique immediately.

In person and online classes available.

In Person Class:
Dates: November 29, 2023
Time: 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Holistic Learning Center of Maui, Launiupoko, Lahaina 96761
Cost: $150.00 Non-Hawaii Residents / $125 for Kama’aina

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CTLE Unit for Educational Professionals and Paraprofessionals

CTLE credits (optional) for a variety of courses are available. Learn More