What is Early Childhood Intensive Training?

The START Early Childhood Training involves intensive training on effective practices to increase knowledge and skills that enhance the educational programming and outcomes for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Intensive training is provided to teams supporting young children with ASD, age 3-5 years. The focus is on teams working in early childhood classrooms including teachers, administrators, ancillary staff, and paraprofessionals. Each team is comprised of 6 individuals.

This training addresses classroom structure and instructional strategies to increase learning opportunities across the school day. The training will include presentations, videos, and classroom team activities related to effective practices. The information for this presentation is drawn from the National Research Council report on Educating Children with Autism, the empirical literature on effective practices for young children with ASD, and direct experience working with young children with ASD.

Training Objectives

  • Identify evidence based practices for young children with ASD
  • Design a classroom structure to promote learning and reduce problem behaviors
  • Identify ways to increase learning opportunities across the day
  • Create engaging and motivating learning activities to improve child outcome
  • Identify critical learning goals
  • Implement effective teaching strategies, including the basic principles of applied behavior analysis
  • Develop team problem solving skill

Training Commitment

  • Team members commit to participate in all training days (7 days total)
  • Team members agree to work together to implement practices and evaluate progress over time
  • Administrators agree to support the implementation of effective practices

START will provide the presenters and materials for all trainings. Applicant sites agree to support the attendance of school staff and provide funding for lunch on the training days.