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Training Program Course Topics

QSAC'S AutismEdu training program offers partner schools a rich catalog of courses to choose from that serve to best meet the unique needs of their building staff and the children they support. QSAC's training staff work closely with building leadership to conduct a needs assessment and develop a training program that's best suited to meet the needs of their community. 

Introduction to Autism and the Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis *: Teachers will learn about the characteristics of Autism, the need for encouraging appropriate behavior, and a review / introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.

Building a Rapport and Making the Classroom a Reinforcing Environment: Focuses on how to establish a trusting relationship between teacher and student, as well as how to identify and use a child’s motivation in the natural teaching environment to increase learning.

Preference Assessments*: Explores strategies for identifying preferences to be used as reinforcers to increase students’ motivation, attention and learning.

Basic Verbal Behavior & Mand Training*: This will introduce the verbal operants and the various functions of language; and will include training on how to increase language and functional requests in the classroom.

Baseline: Data Collection*:This training will guide teachers in how to assess students’ skills prior to teaching in order to plan instruction effectively.

Teaching Methods*: An introduction to the teaching tools and strategies related to the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Activities of Daily Living and Teaching Self Help Skills: Assists teachers in understanding how to support their students in completing age-appropriate daily activities and life skills independently.

Replacing Problem Behavior*An overview of why maladaptive behaviors occur and techniques to replace them with more appropriate and functional behaviors.

Systems of Reinforcement and token economies*Teachers will learn how to implement a variety of reinforcement systems in order to motivate their students and increase learning across age groups.

Skill Assessments and Curriculum Mapping*: This training will focus on using skill assessments including the ABLLS-R and VB-MAPP and how to transfer results into appropriate programming.

Modifications for the Teaching Environment: Strategies provided on how to organize the classroom for the student with special needs.

Increasing Social Skills*: Focus on increasing social skills, using inferences and social rules.

The use of technology for individuals with Autism: Basic review of how to incorporate technology in the classroom; overview of apps for tablets.

Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and Writing Behavior Intervention Plans*: Will focus on: how to collect & analyze data and how to create a behavior plan related to the functions of behavior.

Prevent Eloping Behavior*: Teachers will be provided with information regarding safety planning for students, how to create and execute an emergency plan.

Planning Ahead for the Future: Will review how to assess students' current skill levels and choose IEP goals that are attainable and functional for independent living.

How to Quantify Behavior and Relay Information to Parents*Instruction on how to quantify behavior in an objective manner and relay the information to parents and family effectively.

How to Cope with Challenging Behaviors of Students: Will review different coping and self management strategies for teachers who teach in environments with a  high "burn out" rate. 

*Modules indicated above with an asterisk qualify for BACB Type II CEUS. Credits will be given as one credit per hour of training.