PITTSFIELD -- Housatonic Academy, a subsidiary of Hillcrest Educational Centers Inc., will offer a free workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday titled, "Teaching Children with Autism: A Better Way to Educate Autistic Children and Adults."

The program will be led Hillcrest teacher Danielle Miller, and Hillcrest behavior analyst Abby Genovese.

Miller has extensive experience working with forensic populations and is currently conducting research in the areas of skill acquisition and reinforcer assessment procedures.

Genovese has been working in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for five years. Her work has focused primarily on preschool and elementary age students including research on discrete trial teaching manipulations and treatment integrity feedback procedures.

The workshop is the third in a series of six free monthly workshops for parents, family and caregivers of people with special needs. Upcoming workshops include: "Tame That Tantrum" on April 23; "Taking Autism to the Doctor" on May 14, and "Bully-proofing Your Child" on June 11.

All sessions will be held at Hillcrest Educational Centers’ administrative offices, 788 South St. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are requested.

Lunch will be provided. Those interested can sign up by calling (413) 443-2367.