Additional Learning Opportunities
The courses in this category cover a wide variety of topics.
Autism Law Enforcement & First Responder Training Video and Toolkit
This 30-minute video includes information about autism to educate and inform various first responder groups who may encounter individuals with autism in their community. The Autism Society of Central Texas worked with the Williamson County EMS, Round Rock Fire Department, Austin Fire Department, Smithville Police Department, Red Media Group, Chester Security Group, In-Focus Video, and local teens and young adults with autism to make the training video. It is recommended to show this video and then use the National Autism Association (NAA) Big Red Safety Toolkit to further educate law enforcement officers and first responders about autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assistive Technology: Organization
This is one course in a series created by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence in partnership with the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training and TEA. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Assistive Technology: Organization focuses on understanding the common organizational challenges for students with ASD, identifying the features of technology that support common organizational challenges, describes the need for and process to feature match student needs to technology features, and tools that may support students with ASD who demonstrate organizational needs.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assistive Technology: Social
This is one course in a series created by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence in partnership with the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training and TEA. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Assistive Technology: Social provides information related to the common social barriers for individuals with ASD, the features of technology that may support these common barriers, and assistive technology tools that may contain features that support social competence in individuals with ASD.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assistive Technology: Supporting Literacy in Individuals with Autism through the use of Assistive Technology
This is one course in a series created by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence in partnership with the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training and TEA. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Assistive Technology: Supporting Literacy in Individuals with Autism through the use of Assistive Technology focuses on understanding common literacy barriers for students with ASD, features of technology that address literacy barriers, and the process for feature matching student needs and technology features.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assistive Technology: Writing
This is one course in a series created by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence in partnership with the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training and TEA. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Assistive Technology: Writing provides information to support the understanding of the common writing barriers for individuals with ASD, features of technology that may support these common barriers, the need and process to feature matching student needs to technology features, and information about assistive technology tools that may contain features to support writing access in individuals with ASD.
Behavior Change: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
This course will offer practical solutions to foster increases in positive behaviors and decreases in problem behaviors. You will explore how to apply these strategies to everyday situations in an applicable and proactive way. This approach will focus on the changing outcomes of behaviors by looking at the entire context and approaching behavior from a function based perspective. Learn how to conduct a thorough Functional Behavior Assessment, select appropriate and function-based strategies, and analyze data to determine growth and next steps. This course highlights ready to use interventions and real-life scenarios. The concepts can be applied to a wide range of environments.
Behavior is Communication
This webinar provides information on communication as it relates to behavior: how and why we communicate and how to investigate all of the components that go into reducing challenging behavior and supporting the development of appropriate behavior.
Bullying and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to 1) define bullying, 2) explain the social-ecological model of bullying, 3) identify resources for dealing with bullying, and 4) locate research on bullying and students with ASD.
Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder
One of the most critical elements of working with students who have autism spectrum disorder is the emphasis on teaching authentic social skills on multiple, complex levels. When all is said and done, improving the quality of life for a person with ASD must be our most important objective. In this workshop, Dr. Ron Leaf will discuss the strategies and detail the programs that have been critical in achieving success with individuals with autism. He will share the success stories of clients who have developed meaningful relationships and entered the world of dating. Through discussion, videos and case presentations, participants will be better able to assist their students in improving their quality of life.
FBA and BIP Issues and Strategies
“Why won’t he behave?” “When are you going to fix her behavior?” “Do I really have to do this BIP?” “You really want me to collect data?” These are just some of the questions district-level specialists may hear when working with teachers and para-educators to solve behavior challenges in the classroom. As a district-level specialist, LSSP, SLP, teacher, or other related service provider, you know the importance of a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and a quality Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), and you probably conduct them on a regular basis. This workshop is designed to address two objectives: 1) providing support and build understanding for the team conducting the FBA and 2) building skills in the implementation of the BIP. The purpose of this workshop is to provide solutions to common difficulties as well as provide an update on current research in the field.
Fostering Friendships: Creating Meaningful Relationships for Students with ASD
This "mini-course" has curated interview answers from Erik Carter, Ph.D. on the subject of friendships, school and social relationships, and belonging for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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.
Looking Beyond the Label: Part 1 Understanding the Brain
You’ve got to look beyond the label and find the student inside to see their strengths, what they bring to the world, and how we can support them to build their strengths and other skills. This webinar focuses on the functions of the brain and how understanding what is happening in the brain can provide educators with the information needed to support students in an effective and efficient manner.
Looking Beyond the Label: Part 2 The Adults
You’ve got to look beyond the label and find the student inside to see their strengths, what they bring to the world, and how we can support them to build their strengths and other skills. 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.
Looking Beyond the Label: Part 3 The Students
You’ve got to look beyond the label and find the student inside to see their strengths, what they bring to the world, and how we can support them to build their strengths and other skills. This webinar is part three in a series presented by Layne Pethick. This webinar focuses on the student and understanding how behavior works through the eyes of behavior analysis and in the real world.
Red Flags: Considerations in Assessment of Autism with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Identification of hearing loss and cochlear implantation are occurring before any concerns about ASD arise, necessitating the need for audiologists and early interventionists to become knowledgeable about the behavioral symptomatology associated with this dual diagnosis. Learn about atypical development in children with hearing impairments who are suspected of having ASD.
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.
Simple Strategies to Implement EBPs
Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) in education are a requirement for educators working with any student. Not only is this part of state and federal regulations, it is best practice. This workshop investigates the use of simple strategies to use when training educators - strategies that are effective at developing and maintaining the use of EBPs in the classroom.
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.
Supporting a Successful Transition to Adulthood for Students with Autism
This "mini-course" has curated interview answers from Erik Carter, Ph.D. on the subject of transition and supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Understanding the Autism Supplement
This webinar explains the history behind the Commissioner’s Rule Related to Autism TAC 89.1055(e) Content of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), sometimes referred to as the Autism Supplement. Each of the 11 strategies identified in the Autism Supplement will be discussed with regards to identifying student need, documenting pertinent information in the FIE, and meeting compliance requirements.
Unstuck and On Target: Improving Executive Function, On-Task, and Flexible Behavior
Executive dysfunction is common in ASD and is linked to academic, social and adaptive problems. Content will focus on a framework focusing on executive functioning (EF) for students with ASD, including strategies that you can use today. Information provided will help you identify when a child with ASD is having trouble with executive functioning, so that you can better distinguish a ‘can't’ from a ‘won't’ and intervene more effectively.
Working With and Supporting Paraprofessionals in the Special Education Classroom
In this course, Dr. Robert Pennington from The University of Louisville will take learners through the ins and outs of working with paraprofessionals in the classroom. This course covers the following 5 modules: Roles and Responsibilities, Planning, Training, Inclusive Settings, and Building Relationships