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UW ECHO in Autism provides ongoing support for educators and other professionals working with students with Autism by providing professional development and specific program planning for students.

Network participants include school administrators, general and special education teachers and paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers, including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.


Sessions

Sessions are on Thursdays, bi-weekly,
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

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Learning Topics (Spring 2021)

*Registrants will receive session handouts and materials prior to the scheduled meeting time.*

January 7: Task Analysis and Activity Schedules

Learning Objectives: Participants will be given an understanding of what task analysis is and the purpose behind it. Participants will also be given an understanding of the benefits of using activity schedules with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Presenter: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism/Behavior Specialist and Consultant

January 21: Assistive Technology to Support Students with ASD

Learning Objectives: Be able to identify at least two evidence-based practices that can be supported using assistive technology (AT); Be able to identify when AT should be considered for students with autism; Be able to identify a state resource that can provide assistance with AT.

Presenter: Terri Wofford, MS, CCC-SLP & Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR, ATP; Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

February 4: Curriculum-Based Assessment

Learning Objectives: Differentiate between criterion-referenced and norm-referenced assessments
Define curriculum-based assessment; Provide examples of curriculum-based assessment tools; State the benefits of using curriculum-based assessments for learners with ASD; Identify training and professional development resources in the area of curriculum-based assessments

Presenter: Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

February 18: Environmental Supports and Structure - Antecedent-Based Interventions

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn antecedent based strategies to use with students with ASD in their classrooms; Participants will be given an understanding of the benefits of using structure and visual tools as interventions in working with students with ASD.

Presenter: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism/Behavior Specialist and Consultant

March 4: Reinforcement

Learners will become familiar with the concept of reinforcement and have a basic understanding of using reinforcement with individuals they serve. This session will discuss positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, token economies, schedules of reinforcement, and differential reinforcement.

Presenter: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism/Behavior Specialist and Consultant

March 18: Social Skills Instruction and Social Narratives

Learning Objectives: 1) Provide a rationale for teaching social skills to students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 2) Describe strategies for selecting social skills targets to teach; 3) Identify ways to measure students’ progress towards social skills targets; 4) Explain how to develop & implement social narratives for specific situations.

Presenter: Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

April 1: Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)

Learning Objectives: 1) Provide a rationale for conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA); 2) List the four functions of behavior; 3) Select a functional communication response to replace a challenging behavior; 4) Identify three different tools that can be used to determine the most likely function(s) of a challenging behavior.

Presenter: Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

April 15: Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) - Development and Implementation

Learning Objectives: Become familiar with the connection between a functional behavior assessment (FBA) and the development of a behavior intervention plan (BIP); Become familiar with the elements necessary to develop and implement a BIP.

Presenter: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism/Behavior Specialist and Consultant

April 29: Educational Evaluations for Autism

Learning Objectives: 1) Become familiar with the concept of a team approach to evaluation; 2) Have a basic understanding of an approach to evaluation from a school district perspective.

Presenter: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism/Behavior Specialist and Consultant

May 13: Wrap-Up & Discussion

This session will reflect on the 2020-2021 ECHO in Autism sessions and participants will provide feedback for needs for 2021-2022.

Presenter: Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Wendy Warren, Program Manager, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

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