Professional Development

Upcoming Trainings:
Click here to download the training registration form.

To find out more about our trainings contact Jeanne Chambers (405)842-9995 or Jeanne-Chambers@ouhsc.edu

Supporting Children with Autism:  Training for Paraprofessionals, $185
October 6-7, 2015 or January 28-29, 2016

This two-day workshop is designed for paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, and Head Start providers who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Practical information regarding the use of specific types of supports, as well as, ways to troubleshoot problem situations will be provided.

Topics include:

• Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

• Structuring the environment for student success

• Improving behavior and academic learning

• Increasing communication and social interactions

• Addressing challenging behavior

 Autism Spectrum Disorders:  Foundation Training for Educators, $185/Person

October 22-23, 2015

This two-day workshop is designed for special educators, related service providers, and administrators who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Practical information regarding the use of specific types of supports, as well as, ways to troubleshoot problem situations will be provided.

Topics include:

• Understanding  Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

• Structuring the environment for student success

• Improving behavior and academic learning

• Introduction to Positive Behavior Support

• Functional communication

 Challenging Behavior in Schools – Part I, $110/person

November 6, 2015 or February 5, 2016

This workshop is designed for educators who work with students who have behaviors that challenge us to think differently.  Participants will learn a process to find the function of the behavior before a formal functional behavior assessment becomes necessary.  Learning will occur through video observation, small group work, and lecture.

Topics include:

• Identifying the function of behavior

• Providing evidence-based strategies to prevent challenging behavior

• Teaching students more socially appropriate behaviors

• Evaluating the effectiveness of strategies through data collection

• Utilizing a process when a strategy is not effective

 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2), $375/Person (School personnel discounted rate: $300)

November 9-10, 2015

This workshop is designed for professionals with a background in autism and formal testing.  Participants will be better prepared to identify and make educational placement decisions for children with ASD after completing this training the ADOS-2, the gold standard instrument for autism assessment and identification.

 Challenging Behavior in Schools – Part II, $185/person

December 3-4, 2015 or March 3-4, 2016

This two-day workshop will build on Challenging Behaviors in Schools Part I to provide instructions on determining when a formal Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is needed, conducting an FBA, analyzing the data and developing a hypothesis from the data. Day two will focus on using the information gained to write a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). The discussion will address key components to be included as well as writing goal and objectives that are clear and effective for the entire school team to implement. 

Topics include:

• Core components of a functional behavior assessment

• Tools used to collect data

• Analysis of the data

• Core components of a behavior intervention plan

• Quality goals for behavior intervention plans

 Including Children with Autism in the General Education Setting, $110/person

February 19, 2016

The core characteristics of autism often pose unique challenges to general education teachers who have students with ASD in their classrooms.  However, when children with and without disabilities are included, all can benefit. This workshop for general and special education teachers, related service providers, administrators and paraprofessionals, will focus on evidence based strategies to make the inclusion more successful for everyone.

Topics include:

• Supports for routines and procedures, strategy tools and structured assignments that follow the student

• The importance of working as a team

• Integrating social goals within class activities for all students

• Differentiating instruction

• Addressing challenging behaviors

 

Enhancing Communication for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, $110/person
January 15, 2016

This workshop is designed for elementary educators and speech pathologists working with students with autism and related disabilities. Best practice for enhancing communication and serving students in the school setting will be discussed. 

Topics include:

• Functional strategies and tips for intervention

• Identifying goals and methods for data collection

• Service delivery options

• A review of new evidence regarding methods for intervention 

• Utilizing a team approach