Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)

Monday - Friday, August 14 - 18, 2017

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

SFU Harbour Centre
Vancouver , BC

This workshop is now full. Please call the ACT office at 1-866-939-5188 to be placed on a waitlist.
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 30 hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, with a small group of participants, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. Instruction includes pre-readings, practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration and coaching. In addition, course participants complete applied exercises in the key elements of teaching and supporting students with autism.

The course structure involves pre-readings and class discussions, in addition to ongoing opportunities for the participant to apply concepts through active participation with fellow students.

This course is a requirement for teaching assistants in many school districts and is open to community professionals and parents. These well respected POPARD courses are rarely offered outside school districts. Register early to avoid disappointment.

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. 

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 July 31 - Aug 4 in Surrey - sold out!

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends May 31st, 2017 $410 $450
Regular Rate ends July 12th, 2017 $450 $490
Late Rate begins July 13th, 2017 $475 $515

Bursaries

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 (info@actcommunity.ca) 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 until March 31, 2018. Seats will be filled on a first come, first registered basis. Each parent is eligible to receive one in-person event bursary up until March 31, 2018. 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

SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1520 - Barrick Gold Lecture Room
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver , BC

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Parking is expensive downtown, however this venue is very accessible by public transit. Contact Translink for directions and schedules for the West Coast Express, Skytrain, Seabus 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