An Introduction to Educating Students with ASD
This introductory training provides participants with the foundational skills to work effectively with students with autism. Topics include an overview of diagnostic criteria and learning characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Reviews the general principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the importance of incorporating reinforcement systems and data collection into programming to ensure success. This session will also cover the general classroom and instructional characteristics needed for this population to make effective progress.
Teaching New Skills using Systematic Instruction
This hands-on training includes an overview and practice of a variety of methods to teaching academic, social and language skills. Components of discrete trial instruction will be reviewed including skill identification, stimulus arrangement, prompting methodologies and data collection. Participants will learn how to utilize Incidental Teaching strategies across the day to teach communication and social skills. The use of Task Analysis methods to teach self-help, leisure and vocational skills will also be reviewed.
Preventing & Reducing Challenging Behavior
This two-part workshop includes a comprehensive review of the steps involved in conducting functional assessments of problem behavior. Included is a review of how to identify and define problem behavior, develop data collection systems, and how to use functional assessment tools. A variety of treatment methods will be reviewed including pro-active strategies, scheduling manipulations, and reinforcement programs. This session will include a number of hands-on exercises and group activities.
Inclusion Strategies for Students with ASD
This workshop provides an overview of how to develop successful inclusion programs for a range of children with ASD in general education settings. For those students new to inclusion, topics will include how to identify appropriate inclusion activities and increase participation and socialization. For students who are ready for increased independence in the inclusion setting, strategies to maintain student growth and motivation while fading support will be reviewed. The workshop will also review how to measure student progress and assign staff roles.