A number of modules and corresponding training materials (e.g. PowerPoints, handouts, forms, etc.) are available to approved Trainer / Coaches. To become approved, Trainer / Coaches must demonstrate competency in at least one of the following two modules:
Educational Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This module will teach participants to use educational strategies that build upon strengths and lead to successful learning. Appropriate educational supports will be defined including: effective behavioral systems, visual strategies, paraprofessional support, functional communication systems, team process, and peer to peer support. Participants will learn to use age appropriate curriculum and how to appropriately accommodate and modify curriculum. The processes and considerations necessary for successful transition from preschool through young adulthood will be addressed.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
The Behavior Support module is a team-based training, and participants are encouraged to come as a legitimate team around a target student. Participants will gain an understanding of positive behavior support (PBS), functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and the components of an effective behavior support plan. Participants also will learn to collect relevant data and use the information to guide the development of behavioral strategies. Specific behavioral strategies effective for students with ASD also are addressed. A team-based problem-solving process is presented that allows educational teams to effectively and efficiently develop and implement behavior supports for students with ASD.
Once approved, Trainer / Coaches receive the following modules for use in their trainings:
Universal Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This module will cover the supports considered critical for the vast majority of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in order to provide a solid foundation for learning. The supports discussed are those identified as highly effective practices in teaching and supporting students with ASD, such as functional communication systems, visual supports, structured environments, social opportunities, parent involvement, team support and more. Focus on supports at the building-level assures that all students within a building are appropriately supported; thus, the Universal Supports module will be closely linked to the Universal Supports Assessment and Planning Tool (USAPT) developed by START.
Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
This module provides the participant with an overview of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including current characteristics and definitions; learning characteristics associated with ASD, etiologies and research in the area of autism. The critical importance of using effective practice to support students with ASD will be highlighted along with an introduction to effective uses of data collection for program decision making. An introduction to team process and problem solving in support of students with ASD will be emphasized as well.