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Monthly Calendar Online Courses

VCU-ACE offers a wide variety of online training opportunities for professionals, families, individuals with ASD, and the community at large. These comprehensive e-learning opportunities investigate larger topics related to ASD. There are currently two types of online courses: facilitated and self-paced. Facilitated courses have narrated recorded presentations, video examples, quizzes, interactive discussion boards hosted by a course instructor, and can last between 4 to 6 weeks long. Self-paced courses allow participants to go at their own pace and have narrated recorded presentations from various experts in ASD and video examples.

Current courses cover various subjects related to ASD and are regularly scheduled throughout the year. For more information about our e-learning opportunities, or to register for a course, please scroll through the listings below.

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  • October 5, 2015
  • November 2, 2015
Autism Spectrum Disorder for Paraprofessionals: Providing Effective Instruction and Supports

This course is designed to provide paraprofessionals with skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD in the school setting. The course will provide an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities the paraprofessional may be asked to deliver. Participants will learn how to carry out their responsibilities while maintaining respect for the students and exhibiting sensitivity to beliefs, values, and cultures.

*This course fulfills the requirement for paraprofessionals in the state of Virginia who serve students with autism spectrum disorder.

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  • September 14, 2015
Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD, which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior. Secondary characteristics, including sensory processing differences and motor deficits will also be explored. The course will discuss the impact ASD has on the person as well as the family unit. The course will also provide an overview of learning styles, the history, cause, and early signs of ASD.

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  • September 21, 2015
Strategies for Supporting Positive Behaviors in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This course is designed to provide teachers, related service providers, administrators, families and other service providers with skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD who demonstrate interfering behavior in the school setting. The course will provide participants with information regarding the impact of the core deficits of ASD on behavior and positive approaches to understanding behavior. Participants will gain knowledge of the functional approach to behavior, providing behavioral support in the educational environment, understanding the behavior chain, the process of conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment, development and implementation of a behavior intervention plan, strategies for intervening with interfering behavior, and identifying and teaching replacement behavior.

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  • October 12, 2015
Evidence-based Practices to Teach Students with ASD

This course is designed to provide educators with skills and knowledge to instruct students with ASD in the educational setting. The course provides an overview of the importance of good instruction, appropriate skill selection, and evidence-based practices. A focus of the course will surround the "foundational five" evidence-based practices. The "foundational five" include: antecedent-based interventions, visual supports, systematic instruction, and interventions to promote social and communication skills. Participants will learn how to implement these practices through case study examples and supplemental learning activities.

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Self-paced; registration always open
My Child was Just Identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Now What Do I Do?

This course is designed to introduce families to the characteristics, needs and recommended services for young children with autism Spectrum Disorder. This course will provide a brief description of the defining characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder. The focus of this course, however, is on effective services, supports and strategies to be implemented.

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Self-paced; registration always open
Improving Goal Mastery through Data-Based Decision-Making

There are many strategies for instruction and intervention with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to teach skills needed to lead independent, productive, and happy lives; yet, these practices are often implemented without carefully monitoring the effectiveness of instruction. In this course, a structured and systematic approach to developing, implementing, and monitoring goals and objectives written for students with ASD is provided. The course begins by outlining how to write objective and measurable goals that will allow educators to determine whether a student is making adequate progress. Next, an overview of data collection, including types and purposes of data, is provided. The final section describes how to graph data and use graphs to make informed decisions. A focus is placed on regularly reviewing student performance on goals and objectives and making person-centered changes in approaches when needed to facilitate progress.

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Our Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder online course has been replaced by a five seminar series. Through the seminars, participants will learn about the screening process and best practices for supporting a family through screening and diagnosis for ASD.

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Self-paced; registration always open
ImPACT Online Communication Training

Hosted online by Michigan State University, this distance learning program can help you learn to promote your child's social communication during daily routines and activities. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have social communication challenges. Parent-mediated intervention is a very effective strategy to improve these communication challenges. In parent-mediated intervention, parents help their child achieve skills. The goal of this online program is to teach parents to promote their child's social communication development during play and daily routines.

**Please Note: All VCU-ACE online courses are currently available to residents of Virginia only.

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