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Classroom Organization: The Power of Structure for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Learn how organizational structure can clarify expectations and reduce anxiety in many people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Learn about the neurobiological basis of ASD and its connection to structured environments. Learn how to organize physical space, dimensions of time, and learning activities to positively impact student success.
Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Learn about the primary, behavioral, and learning characteristics of ASD.
Learn how exercise, a strategy that involves an increase in physical exertion, can be a means of reducing problem behaviors or increasing appropriate behavior while increasing physical fitness and motors skills.
Solving the Behavior Puzzle: Making Connections for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
In this overview of the concepts and strategies that develop positive behavioral skills in individuals with autism, you will learn about the components of applied behavioral analysis, research based strategies that teach and develop positive behavioral skills, and planning for the prevention and intervention of specific behavioral needs.
Parent Implemented Intervention
Learn why teaching parents to implement interventions directly with their child may be useful. Learn how teaching parents appropriate interventions, increases positive learning opportunities that lead to the acquisition of important skills.
Developing Effective Recommendations
Part 7 of a series. This course discusses the assessment process from evaluation to intervention, specifically the need to provide team written recommendations which lead to observable, measurable goals included in the student’s IEP.
Borrow From the Special Educator’s Toolbox
Some students with autism will have more intensive needs and require more intensive supports than others who attend general education classes. Learn strategies from the special educator’s toolbox that you can implement to benefit your students.
A common characteristic of autism is an insistence on sameness and/or a resistance to change. Dr. Boutot provides tips on how to help create predictability for learns with autism to help reduce challenging behaviors and help students flourish.
Learn how this intervention is used to reinforce desired behaviors, while inappropriate behavior are ignored. This special application of reinforcement is designed to reduce the occurrence of inappropriate or interfering behaviors (e.g., tantrums, aggression, self-injury, stereotypic behavior).
Looking Beyond the Label Part 2 - The Adults
This webinar focuses on adults understanding how to look at the stressors in their lives – especially those that are apparent in the classroom and at home. Recognizing and coping with stress in your own lives can be a great benefit to creating change with the student.
Picture Exchange Communication System
Learn about how the Picture Exchange Communication system is used to teach learners to communicate in a social context. Learn how this intervention can be used to improve communication, play, and behavioral skills.
Developing Social and Behavioral Expectations
Dr. Boutot discusses the Hidden Curriculum, these are the unwritten, ever changing social and behavioral rules/expectations of situations. To meet these expectations, students with autism need explicit teaching in these areas. Learn about specific interventions that can be used to provide this instruction.
Learn how to use scripting to provide learners with a verbal and/or written description about a specific skill or situation that serves as a model for the learner. Learn the main rationale for implementing this intervention.
Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
In this course, you will first develop an understanding of the literacy needs of individuals with ASD as the foundation for framing their instruction. Using video examples, we will then share specific strategies for engaging individuals with ASD in increasing complex text and academic content, and supporting students in applying literacy skills to their social experiences.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assistive Technology: Organization
Focused on understanding the common organizational challenges for students with ASD, this course describes the process and importance using feature matching to find the most appropriate technology tools to build to build student skills in this area of deficit.
Differential Diagnosis and Identification of ASD
Part 8 of a series. This course discusses the process of differentiating autism from other disorders with similar characteristics and the effects and consequences of delayed identification.
Behavior Change: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Offering practical solutions to foster increases in positive behaviors and decreases in problem behaviors, this course explores how to apply these strategies to everyday situations in an applicable and proactive way. It focuses on the changing outcomes of behaviors by looking at the entire context and approaching behavior from a function based perspective.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the Autism Spectrum (AAC)
This is an overview on AAC and how it is used to support students with autism who struggle to communicate effectively on their own.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention
Learn how this intervention can teach students to examine their own thoughts and emotions, recognize when negative thoughts and emotions are escalating in intensity, and then use strategies to change their thinking and behavior.
Promote Positive Peer Interactions
Research has shown that when students with autism have the opportunity to interact with their typical peers both benefit. Students with autism improve their social skills and typical peers become more accepting of each other’s differences. In this tip, Dr. Boutot discusses various strategies to promote positive peer interactions.
One of the most powerful tools in your toolbox, learn how visual supports can help to increase independence and support your students with ASD. Visual supports are any tool presented visually that supports an individual as he or she moves through the day.
Social Skills and Autism
Focused on understanding the social skills differences of individuals on the autism spectrum, this course discusses what success looks like for all students and the impact that soft skills such as social skills can have on that success.
Sexuality for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Adolescence is often a difficult time for children and families, and may be particularly challenging for those with developmental disabilities. This presentation provides an overview of the specific challenges present during puberty and adolescence, with safety and sexuality.
Reinforcement is any stimulus that will increase the likelihood of a behavior will reoccur. Learn how this intervention, an applied behavior analysis technique, is used to teach new skills and to increase behaviors. Learn how reinforcement establishes the relationship between the learner’s behavior/use of a skill and the consequence of the behavior/skill.
Applied Behavior Analysis for Everyone
Learn about the powerful principles and practices from the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and how they can be applied as effective teaching and intervention procedures to improve outcomes for students.
Navigating the Social Maze: Supports & Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Social interaction and communication, a core deficit in autism, is covered in this course. Learn about the complexities of social communication and interaction for students with autism. Learn assessment strategies and implementation strategies help ensure your students navigation the social maze of everyday life.
Respect Each Student’s Dignity and Need for Autonomy
Public schools are often the first place that typically developing peers encounter individuals with different abilities. In your classroom you can make the life of student with autism more meaningful, by being an example and teaching others that most import life skill, how to treat others with dignity and respect. In this tip, learn Dr. Boutot’s principles of teaching students with autism.
Myths and Realities of Autism Awareness
Part 2 of a series designed to help evaluation teams conduct best practices assessment of autism, this course addresses the myths and misconceptions that surround eligibility issues for assessment and services for students with autism.
Learn how modeling, the demonstration of a desired target behavior, results in the imitation of the behavior by the learner and how that leads to acquisition of the desired target behavior.
Learn how naturalistic intervention can be used to encourage specific behaviors based on a learner’s interests. Learn how to use this intervention in typical settings, activities, and/or routines to build more complex skills that are naturally reinforcing and appropriate to the interaction.
This intervention can be used to decrease an identified interfering behavior and increase engagement by modifying the environment.