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Autism & Positive Behavior Supports

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UW ECHO in Autism & Positive Behavior Supports 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 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 - Fall 2021

September 16: Self-Advocates' Experiences with Educational and Vocational Supports

Participants will be able to describe how the presence of a disability or other special healthcare need may lead to challenging behaviors in home, school, work, and community settings.

Presenter: Eric Stoker, URLEND Consumer Faculty

September 30: Family Perspectives

Participants will be able to describe the potential impact of a disability (such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, or communication disorders) on family life and educational experiences.

Presenter: Julie Wittman, M.Ed., PhD, BCBA

October 14: Functions of Behavior

Participants will be able to list the four functions of behavior.

Presenter: Julie Wittman, M.Ed., PhD, BCBA

October 28: Educational Evaluations for Students with Autism

Participants will be able to describe the importance of utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to conducting Educational Evaluations for students with autism and list the core components of conducting these evaluations.

Presenters: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA

*Oct 28 Session Registration*

November 11: Developing Meaningful Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for Students with Autism

Participants will be able to explain the importance of identifying appropriate accommodations, modifications, specialized instruction, and related services for each student with autism and describe how these supports should be documented within the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). In addition, participants will be able to describe the post-secondary transition planning process and how this process is incorporated into the IEP for students at the secondary (Middle/High School) level.

Presenter: TBA

*Nov 11 Session Registration*

December 2: Functional Behavior Assessments

Participants will be able to provide a rationale for conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and identify three different tools that can be used to determine the most likely function(s) of a challenging behavior.

Presenter: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA

*Dec 2 Session Registration*

December 16: Behavior Support Plans

Participants will be able to describe the relationship between a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the development of a Behavior Support Plan, and will be able to describe the core components of a Behavior Support Plan that emphasizes positive behavior supports.

Presenter: Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA

*Dec 16 Session Registration*

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