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Behavioral Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Delays & Disabilities

The purpose of the Behavioral Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Delays & Disabilities program is to meet the demand for service providers and educators with strong skill sets in implementing evidence-based positive behavioral interventions and structured teaching strategies to support children and adults with neurodevelopmental delays and disabilities across the entire state of Wyoming.

Neurodevelopmental delays or disabilities may include, but are not limited to, any of the following: developmental delays, language delays or communication disorders, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, intellectual/developmental disabilities, emotional disabilities, or executive functioning difficulties. Participants will develop expertise and skills in the implementation of a variety of interventions to build functional communication and adaptive skills and decrease disruptive behaviors in learners who currently engage in challenging behaviors at home, in the community, or at school.

The cost is $375, and need-based scholarship support may be available.


Anticipated start date: July 2021

If you need additional information regarding the application process, a recording of the BINDD orientation is available.

Coursework

  • Human Development Across the Lifespan

    Course 1 - Summer 2021

    50 contact hours; 3 credit hours

    • Participants will be able to describe typical developmental milestones for children within the first 5 years of life and provide examples of resources and tools for tracking these milestones.

    • Participants will be able describe early red flags that may indicate the presence of a developmental delay or disability for infants, toddlers, and young children.

    • Participants will be able to describe how to support families in following up on developmental concerns with their healthcare providers and local Early Intervention Program or school district.

    • 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.

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

  • Structured Teaching & Positive Behavioral Supports

    Course 2 - Winter 2021/2022

    50 contact hours; 3 credit hours

    • Participants will be able to describe a variety of strategies for teaching new skills to learners with neurodevelopmental delays & disabilities.

    • Participants will be able to describe a variety of strategies for helping learners with neurodevelopmental delays & disabilities to generalize skills across settings, people, activities, and contexts.

    • Participants will be able to collect accurate data on a variety of skills and challenging behaviors.

    • Participants will be able to define the four functions of behavior and identify the most likely function of a specific challenging behavior.

    • Participants will be able to implement positive behavioral support strategies for decreasing a challenging behavior based on the function of the behavior.

  • Building Functional Communication Skills

    Course 3 - Spring 2022

    50 contact hours; 3 credit hours

    • Participants will be able to identify an appropriate functional communication response to teach (such as asking for help, requesting a break, gaining attention, or requesting an item or activity) based on an identified skill deficit or challenging behavior.

    • Participants will be able to describe how to support an individual learner in building communication skills across home, community, and school settings.


Participants

This program is open to individuals over the age of 18 within the state of Wyoming with a demonstrated interest in supporting children or adults with developmental challenges.

Direct service providers

  • Providers, case managers, and supervisors affiliated with the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities waiver program, Wyoming Life Resource Center, Wyoming Department of Health, or related programs.

Educators

  • Early Intervention Providers

  • Early Childhood Educators

  • Special Education Paraprofessionals

  • K-12 Special Education Teachers

  • K-12 General Education Teachers

Fieldwork

Optional fieldwork experiences may be arranged for participants in a wide range of educational and clinical settings serving children and adults with disabilities, developmental delays, or other special healthcare needs. Participants may also utilize life experience and/or their current job to complete all course assignments and to complete the capstone project. 

Capstone

Each participant will complete a Service Learning Project, which will require the participant to define a problem of practice related to meeting the service delivery needs of individuals with developmental challenges and develop an intervention plan to address this problem of practice. 

Outcomes

This certificate will provide professional development opportunities for participants across a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds. WIND staff members will work with the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) to offer PTSB credit for these courses. 


Participant Application for Behavioral Intervention for Neurodevelopmental Delays & Disabilities Program. Please email completed application to:

Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA at rfreedma@uwyo.edu.

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