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Professional Learning (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Training and information is available in various formats noted below. Please note that these training workshops are reserved first for Colorado School District and Administrative Unit personnel who work directly with children with autism spectrum disorders and parents of those children. All other reservations have been added to the waiting list and you will be notified at the registration deadline if there are open spaces.
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ASD Educational Identification
The training is designed to support districts in understanding how to identify students suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), using evaluation tools to assess the triad of characteristics of ASD. Participants will learn how to build a body of evidence to support the identification of ASD (determining eligibility) in an educational setting (without using the ADOS).
This distance learning opportunity will be presented over four days, in three-hour segments.
View the ASD Ed ID flyer (PDF) for more details!
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 10, 2020
9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, October 26, 2020
4:00 PM -7:00 PM
Attending all four sessions live is highly encouraged. The training will be recorded, but participants MUST attend at least three sessions LIVE. There will be no exceptions.
Registration is limited and will close two weeks prior to the start date.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Literacy Institute, Tier 1
This statewide institute will be conducted by nationally recognized experts on literacy and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dr. Christi Carnahan and Dr. Pam Williamson. The institute content will focus on a balanced approach to literacy including instruction in phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing. Each aspect of literacy will be linked to the unique cognitive, social, and communication issues inherent in ASD. Assessment strategies will include an overall estimation of the students' literacy abilities from interactive to independent, which will help teachers determine what additional literacy assessments may be needed to inform instruction. Measures of student outcomes and teacher outcomes will be incorporated into the project, developed by the presenters. Adapting to virtual literacy instruction and assessment will be addressed.
View the Literacy Institute, Tier 1 (PDF) for more details!
All sessions will be from 12:30-3:30 (MT) on the following days:
November 2, 2020 (Monday)
November 19, 2020 (Thursday)
December 4, 2020 (Friday)
December 15, 2020 (Tuesday)
January 20, 2021 (Wednesday)
February 4, 2021 (Thursday)
February 17, 2021 (Wednesday)
February 26, 2021 (Friday)
Attending all eight sessions live is highly encouraged. The training will be recorded, but participants MUST attend at least six sessions LIVE. There will be no exceptions.
Application for Registration
Application for Registration will close on October 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM
The Colorado Department of Education is partnering with the Kansas TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports Group and the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network to bring a comprehensive series of webinar trainings to their educators, families, and related service professionals.
August 27, 2020
Providing Intensive Teaching Services in a Virtual Environment
Presented by Mary Ellen Hodge
September 2, 2020
Reopening Schools for ALL Students: Planning and Designing for Effective Instruction
Presented by Sean Smith, Ph.D.
September 24, 2020
Trauma Informed Practices: Understanding Why Students Do What They Do
Presenter: Linda Aldridge, Ph.D.
October 1, 2020
How do you Support Executive Functioning During Online Learning?
Presenter: Laura Anthony, PhD
October 7, 2020
Strategies for Increased Interprofessional Collaboration between Educators, Behavior Analysts, & Speech Pathologists to Support Children with Communication Needs
Presenter: Teresa Cardon, PhD., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D
October 14, 2020
Getting Started with PEERS for Adolescents: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presenter: Mary Schlieder Ed.D.
October 21, 2020
Getting Started with PEERS for Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presenter: Mary Schlieder Ed.D.
November 4, 2020
Social Engagement & The Steps to Being Social
Presenters: Marci Laurel, MA, CCC-SLP & Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L
November 11, 2020
Strategies to Support Better Student Behavior
Presenters: Ashley Bauer, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA & Meggin Funk, M.S.Ed, CCC-SLP, BCBA
December 2, 2020
Mental Health & Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Students
Presenters: Teri McGill M.Ed., BCBA/ Annette Wragge M.Ed., BCBA
January 27, 2021
Masking and Mental Health
Presenter: Jacquelyn Fede, Ph.D.
February 10, 2021
Changing Mindsets to Prepare Students with Disabilities for Integrated Employment and Success in Adult Life
Presenter: Beth Clavenna-Deane, Ph.D.
February 17, 2021
Down Syndrome and ASD Tips and Strategies with Focus on Digital Solutions
Presenter: Sean J. Smith, Ph.D.
March 3, 2021
Practical Strategies for Obtaining Critical Mass
Presenter: Kerry Mataya, M.S. Ed.
March 17, 2021
Evaluating Autism in Young Children: Identifying Diagnostic Features
Presenter: Susan Hepburn, Ph.D.
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Online Training Opportunity
*Please note the application for registration for the September - March session is CLOSED.*
The application for this session will open on December 7, 2020.
New Training Opportunity: Online Para-Educator Training
Due to the high demand of the RBT course, the Kansas Technical Assistance Network created a training geared toward para-educators who want further training on behavior and instructional strategies, but are NOT seeking the RBT credential. The content is based on information covered in the RBT course. If you simply want more information around behavior and instructional strategies, but do NOT want/need the RBT credential, please take this course.
About the Para-Educator Training:
- You do NOT have to apply for this course, and can create account at the link below and begin taking modules at any time.
- There is no timeline for completing the course. You can complete content whenever is convenient for you.
- The course is completely free.
- You will receive a certificate of completion for 7-8 contact hours.
- This course does NOT meet BACB requirements for the 40 hour RBT training.
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive ASD Educational Identification
This workshop will provide school professionals with advanced training pertaining to considerations regarding ASD assessment practices when working with traditionally underserved children, including children that are economically vulnerable, racially/ethnically diverse, linguistically diverse, and females. See flyer for more information and to register.
More information coming soon!
Face-to-Face trainings are currently on hold for the 20-21 school year.
Brooke Carson, Ph.D.
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