Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Practical Applications (POPARD)

Monday - Friday, August 18 - 22, 2014

Kenneth D. Cole, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Canucks Autism Network Offices

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

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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 30 hour course has recently been revised to reflect current research and evidence-based practice in teaching students with ASD. 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 ASD.

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

This course is a requirement for teaching assistants in many school districts and is open to community professionals and parents.

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 psychologist on staff at the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). In addition, he is a School Psychologist in School District #36 (Surrey) and a Supervisor in the Adult Assessment Clinic at The University of British Columbia where he has previously served as Adjunct Faculty.

He is experienced as an educator in public schools, and has also worked as “direct care staff” (actually living in group homes), as well as serving as the Director of Training, for a large non-profit organization that provided specialized group home placements and supported independent living arrangements in California and Nevada.

Dr. Kenneth Cole is a passionate educator who is eager to provide sensible as well as strategic support for all persons who have autism. Please consider joining him to learn to work with some of our most unique students, neighbours, friends and family members.

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00am Registration - 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.
  • Readings will be sent in July 2014 – please provide an email address you access in the summer months to receive these materials.
  • Maximum registration: 30 people

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends June 10th, 2014 $360 $400
Regular Rate ends July 27th, 2014 $400 $440
Late Rate begins July 28th, 2014 $425 $465


ACT’s live events are self-supporting through registration fees and sponsorship; we do not receive government funding. ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants. We prioritize family members and autistic adults for bursaries which are given in the form of lower registration fees. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration for those who want to join our online audience. Learn more about how to register using the ACT event bursary program. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office ( for more information. ACT provided over $11,000 in bursaries in 2019 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.

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. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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