Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey)

Monday - Friday, March 5 - 9, 2018

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

Surrey School District Education Centre
Surrey, BC

Early Bird rate ends January 24th, 2018
  • Get 20% off by registering three or more attendees at once (not valid with other discounts).
  • Coupon codes can be entered on the cart page.
  • Visit the event bursaries page for bursary details, including $25/day registration for parents.

or Register by form (pdf)

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 at the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders. In addition, he is a District Psychologist in School District #36 (Surrey).

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. 


  • 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 January 22-26, 2018 in Vancouver.

Parents: Register for $125 with the MCFD-funded Parent Bursary! Call the ACT Office at 604-205-5467 or toll-free at 1-866-939-5188 for details.

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends January 24th, 2018 $410 $450
Regular Rate ends February 21st, 2018 $450 $490
Late Rate begins February 22nd, 2018 $475 $515


ACT's Bursary Program
ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration.  You are welcome to call or email ACT's office ( for more information. ACT provided over $27,000 in bursaries in 2016 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.
Learn more about how to register using the ACT event bursary program.

New MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD 
MCFD has provided ACT with funding for a bursary program for parents and caregivers of children with autism to attend ACT events at reduced registration rates while funds last. Seats will be filled on a first come, first registered basis. Additional bursaries are available to register for web streamed events. Learn more about how to register using the MCFD event bursary program.

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