ACT Online Videos

Watch where you like, when you like and as often as you like. We know that not everyone can attend our live events due to geography, economic constraints and time commitments. We have videotaped some of our live events to address these challenges, so that you can watch and learn when and where you wish, and re-watch the parts you like. ACT has recently made available all videos for free on a trial basis. We are currently seeking funding to develop more online training and development materials and to develop a new website to hold our online videos and community. ACT online videos range in length from 1 to 5 hours and are divided into sections for easier browsing. Register for free online or call our office.

Technical requirements

Most of our videos are presented in both high resolution (for the best quality image) or in low resolution (for those on slower connections). For security reasons, you cannot download or copy these videos. Before you register for an Online Video, you should verify that the preview video will run with the computer and internet access you have available. Read our Online Video FAQs for more technical assistance.  
Free: Videos from ACT’s 2013 Focus on Research – Building Community Capacity Across the Rockies These online videos focus on the research taking place in Canada that has practical implications for those working with children and adults with ASD in their homes, schools and work sites.
  1. Understanding the Decision Making Process of Parents Who Choose Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Their Children with ASD. Presented by Tara Hodgson, RN, MSN, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  2. Blueprint for University Transition Year Programs for Persons with Autism. Presented by Joseph Z. Sheppard, B.A., Co-Director of the Centre for Autism Research, Technology and Education, University of Victoria
  3. Emergency Services, Hospitalizations and Mental Health Care for Adolescents and Adults with ASD. Presented by Jonathan Weiss, Ph.D., C.Psych., Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research, York University
  4. Quality of Life Among Families Living with ASD. Presented by Grace Iarocci, Ph.D., R.Psych & Emily Gardiner, M.A., Simon Fraser University
  5. A Review of Emerging Considerations for Vocational Support in ASD: Challenges and Opportunities. Presented by David Nicholas, Ph.D., University of Calgary
Each video is about one hour in length, and is available in 10 to 25 minute segments for easier browsing and viewing. These free videos are available through funding from Autism Speaks Canada and NeuroDevNet. Register Online for free or go directly to video View more details > Education, Integration, Inclusion: Key Information for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Suzanne Jacobsen, R. Psych, & BCBA-D
The information will increase understanding of how to become an effective advocate and is relevant for children with a range of abilities and skills from kindergarten to school completion. Register Online or View more details + free preview > Free: Best Practices in Early Intervention – Helping Families Build the “Team”
Karen Bopp, Ph.D.
Senior Behavior Consultant, MCFD & Research Associate, UBC
This presentation provides an overview of treatment approaches and a focus on developing collaborative partnerships between behavior consultants, speech-language pathologists and other professionals, in order to enhance optimal outcomes for children with ASD and provide their families with meaningful support.

This video is sponsored by NeuroDevNet.

Register Online for free or go directly to the video View details > Estate Planning for Families Who Have Children with Special Needs in B.C.
Blair Dwyer
Dwyer Tax Lawyers, Victoria, BC
The purpose of this presentation is to provide important information for parents of children with special needs on how best to plan for your child’s future. This presentation will cover both how to maximize the child’s future financial security and how to protect that security once the parent is no longer able to do so. Register Online or View details + free preview > Mental Health and Individuals with ASD: A Primer for Community Professionals & Parents
Vikram Dua, MD, FRCP(c)
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatry Clinic of B.C. Children’s Hospital & Assistant Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia
Individuals with ASD commonly have co-existing, psychiatric disorders. The impact of these conditions on an individual’s functioning and well-being can often be as great or greater than ASD itself. Their early recognition and treatment reduces complications and immproves long-term outcome. Register Online or View details + free preview > Transitioning from High School to Work – Preparing Students with Autism for Adulthood
Vicki Lundine, M.Ed.
Catherine Smith, M.Ed.
The Online Video defines the roles and responsibilities for individuals supporting students as they mature with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including parents, and provides participants with information and strategies which help promote meaningful participation for students with ASD in the work world. The importance of developing and maintaining career portfolios is also explored. Register Online or View details + free preview > The Art of Advocacy – A Parent’s Guide to Advocating for Their Child With Special Needs
Clair Schuman
Former Executive Director, ACT – Autism Community Training
This video offers parents an overview of how to develop skills they need to navigate successfully through the hurdles they may sometimes encounter. Using the school system as an example, parents are guided through the components of empowerment necessary to become an effective advocate for their child. This video is not disability-specific, but will be especially helpful for parents of children with “invisible” disabilities. Register Online or View more details + free preview > What is ABA and Why is it Important in the Treatment of Autism?
Suzanne Jacobsen, Ed.D., BCBA
Clinical Director, ABA Learning Centre
What exactly is ABA and why is it so crucial in autism treatment? This presentation explains the differences and overlap between commonly used terms including: discrete trial, Lovaas therapy, Verbal Behavior, Pivotal Response Training and Positive Behavior Support. Register Online or View More Details + Free Preview Video > Practical Autism Treatment – From Theories to Realities: A Case Management Survival Guide
Jill Calder, M.D.
Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Thompson Cariboo, Shuswap Region
In this video, Dr. Calder provides parents across B.C. with a “big picture” look at the practical realities of autism treatment. Using video and programming examples, Jill brings alive the reality of autism treatment and in the process provides a broad understanding of what treatment means to parents – whether their child is 2 or 18. Register Online or View details + free preview > Toilet Training for Everyone: It’s Never Too Late!
Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., BCBA
Professor, Dept. of Special Education and Counselling Psychology, UBC
Dr. Mirenda’s engaging presentation describes a systematic approach to toilet training based on proven behavioral methods. This presentation provides a step-by-step process for achieving success! Register Online or View details >