Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)

This workshop is now full. Please call the ACT office at 1-866-939-5188 to be placed on a waitlist.

Monday - Friday, October 29 - November 2, 2018

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

SFU Harbour Centre

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)

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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. 

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


  • Registration costs include a $75 non-refundable materials fee.
  • Please provide an email address to receive access to reading materials
  • Maximum registration: 30 people

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends September 26th, 2018 $410 $450
Regular Rate ends October 17th, 2018 $450 $490
Late Rate begins October 18th, 2018 $475 $515


ACT's Bursary Program
ACT fund raises 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 2017 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.

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