Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey)

Monday - Friday, July 30 - August 3, 2018

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

Surrey School District Education Centre
Surrey, BC

Regular rate ends July 18th, 2018
Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey)

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Level Introductory/Intermediate
For School Teams, Community Professionals & Parents
Approach Intensive, pre-readings required
Focus School-age children
Autism-specific? Yes
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About the Event

This 5-day, 30-hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. A pre-requisite for teaching assistants to work with students with autism in many B.C. school districts, this course has been enthusiastically received by classroom teachers, administrators, social workers, SLP’s and OT’s, as well as parents. The focus is on practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and individual coaching, and emphasizes the diversity of students with ASD. There is an optional exam for those who require an official POPARD Certificate.

 

Course Content:

Theoretical Foundations:

  • Characteristics of ASD
  • Diagnosis and assessment
  • Cognitive profiles and ranges of ability
  • Executive functions
  • Theory of mind
  • Sensory difference
  • Social and communication skills
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Effective instructional practices

Application of Theory to Classroom practice:

  • Behaviour observation
  • Data collection & analysis
  • Positive behaviour supports
  • Environmental/antecedent supports
  • Teaching approaches including:
    • direct instruction
    • differentiating curriculum
    • scaffolding
    • cognitive/behaviour interventions
    • augmentative communication

 

Participant Comments

  • “Amazing and useful information. I wish our whole staff could attend!!”
  • “Ken was excellent in presenting the information in a very natural, straight- forward way. He was always available to answer questions- offer suggestions and re-explain a concept.”
  • “The biggest thing I learned was dealing with behaviours. I was struggling with this as a SEA and now I definitely have some very valuable tools that I can use.”

About the Presenter

Dr. Kenneth Cole is a Registered Psychologist with the Sunny Hill Health Centre at the Children's Hospital of British Columbia. He is also a District Psychologist in School District #36 (Surrey) and in addition he provides ASD training Province-wide from the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) for the Ministry of Education. 

Dr. Cole was recently honoured with the Stenberg College President's Award. This award is presented annually by the College to a healthcare and human services professional who has inspired our community through their actions and words.

Using an energetic and engaging training style, "Dr. Ken" supports course participants in learning how they might provide strategic and caring support for some of our most unique students, neighbours, friends and family members. 

Cost/Funding

  • Registration costs include a $75 non-refundable materials fee.
  • Please provide an email address you access in the summer months to receive access to reading materials
  • Maximum registration: 30 people
  • Note: This course is also being offered October 29th to November 2nd, 2018 in Vancouver.

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends May 30th, 2018 $410 $450
Regular Rate ends July 18th, 2018 $450 $490
Late Rate begins July 19th, 2018 $475 $515

Bursaries

ACT continues to offer bursaries for para-professionals and professionals, as well as parents of children with other special needs, to improve accessibility to both our live and web streamed events. Please apply early and before you register for the event. ACT provided $31,000 in bursary funding in 2017 in the form of reduced registration fees and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to ACT's bursary fund.

MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD

Please note that the MCFD Parent Bursary funding has been exhausted. Since April 1, 2017, ACT has used MCFD Parent Bursary funding to provide bursaries in the form of reduced registration to families & caregivers from across B.C. to enable them to build their skills by accessing training. Regular registration rates are now in effect however parents of children with ASD are welcome to apply for an ACT Bursary if the registration cost is a barrier preventing attendance. 

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. More information on using Autism Funding

Workshop Location

Surrey School District Education Centre
14033 92 Avenue
Surrey, BC

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The Surrey School District Education Centre (DEC) is located on the corner of 140 Street and 92 Avenue in Surrey, B.C. A full service cafeteria is on site and the lunch area is equipped with microwave/toaster ovens for use. 

Transit accessible, the venue is approximately a ten minute bus ride from Surrey Central SkyTrain Station (#325 Newton Exchange) and King George SkyTrain Station (#326 Guildford). Please visit the Translink website for directions and schedules for the SkyTrain and bus routes.

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Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00am Registration check-in - first day only
9:00 - 12:00pm Morning Session *
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch - bring or buy your own
1:00 - 4:00pm Afternoon Session *

* Instructor to set breaks on first day of class