Johnson and Wales Graduate Courses on Autism Best Practices offered by the Autism Project

Graduate Courses

The Autism Project in collaboration with Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI offers six graduate level courses for teachers and other educational personnel who are interested in developing specialized knowledge and skills for educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The courses combine classroom time with field-based guided experience and include concrete and adaptive materials related to each topic.  Methods for conducting ongoing assessment of the effects of the different practices will be taught along with pathways for making modifications to programs.

Completion of all six courses will result in a "Certificate of Completion of Autism Studies" from Johnson & Wales University. These courses may be transferable into a graduate degree program upon review by the receiving institution of the Johnson & Wales University course curriculum specifications.

Each course costs $750 and focuses on evidence-based practices.

Registration Instructions

Courses are not currently running.
For more information contact The Autism Project at 401-785-2666, ext. 1054
 
The Autism Project will handle all registrations.

Download Mandatory Registration form and mail in with a check or, pay online and mail your registration form separately. 

Mail your registration form to:
The Autism Project
1516 Atwood Ave.
Johnston, RI  02919

 

Structured Teaching & Visual Supports

A "promising practice" for individuals with an ASD that targets attention, comprehension, communication, and social interactions through the use of "structured teaching" principles that include a highly structured and predictable environment of routines achieved through the management of schedules, physical space, individual learning targets, visual supports and parent-professional collaboration.

Cost:

$750.00

Location:

Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus

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Course Schedule:

Winter term begins the week of Nov. 26, 2012 and ends Feb 21, 2013. Classes will meet on Thursdays.

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Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports

In order to effectively support individuals who have challenging behaviors within the classroom setting, we must first understand the conditions under which their interfering behaviors typically occur.  This workshop provides the participant with information about how to gather the necessary information and to analyze behaviors so that we can predict the functions that those behaviors serve for the individual.  Based on our knowledge of the specific conditions surrounding target behaviors, we can then develop the tools necessary to plan efficient and effective interventions that are appropriate to the environments in which they will be implemented.

Cost:

$750.00

Location:

Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus

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Communication and Autism

In order to effectively support individuals who have challenging behaviors within the classroom setting, we must first understand the conditions under which their interfering behaviors typically occur.  This workshop provides the participant with information about how to gather the necessary information and to analyze behaviors so that we can predict the functions that those behaviors serve for the individual.  Based on our knowledge of the specific conditions surrounding target behaviors, we can then develop the tools necessary to plan efficient and effective interventions that are appropriate to the environments in which they will be implemented.

Cost:

$750.00

Location:

Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus

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Sensory Processing, Arousal Regulation, and Readiness to Learn

According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual IV, the criteria required to confirm a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum includes “restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities”.  Current research indicates that many of these behaviors are rooted in an atypical interpretation of typically occurring sensory information from the environment.  This course reviews the neurological foundations involved in processing sensory information and the influence of sensory processing on arousal regulation and readiness to learn.  In addition, this course offers a wide variety of strategies to better support individuals with ASD who struggle with sensory processing disorder.

Cost:

$750.00

Location:

Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus

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Cognitive Learning Strategies

This course will include “promising practices” that teach skills needed for successful social interactions. These include strategies such as social stories (Gray, 2000), cognitive behavior therapy (Attwood, 2006), and social thinking (Garcia-Winners, 2005) that focus on learning how to consider points of view, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, prior knowledge and intentions of others.

Cost:

$750.00

Location:

Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus

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Relationship-Based Approach to ASD

This course will examine the conceptual foundations for a relationship-based approach to working with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In this approach, the focus of treatment is on social relationships rather than on specific behaviors or skills.  The approach emphasizes building social connections to establish the foundation for growth and learning.  Several theoretical programs will be explored that either are based on or incorporate a relationship-based approach, including DIR (Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based approach)/Floortime, Son-Rise, RDI (Relationship Development Intervention), and SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, & Transactional Supports).

Cost:

$750.00

Location:

Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus

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