Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (July 2015)

Practical Applications for School-Age Children (POPARD)

Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2015

Kenneth Cole, PhD, R.Psych

Canucks Autism Network Offices

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (July 2015)

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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 been developed by the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) for B.C. educational professionals and paraprofessionals. It reflects current research and evidence-based practice in teaching students with ASD. In addition, research-based methods of effective adult instruction are utilized. These include pre-reading, practical hands-on activities, demonstration, coaching and application exercises as well as a variety of ways of evaluating participant learning.

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!!”
  • “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.”
  • “I learned a new way to look at how I deal with behaviours and new tools that will be invaluable in working with children."

About the Presenter

Kenneth Cole, PhD, R.Psych, is a Registered Psychologist on staff at POPARD and a School Psychologist in the Surrey School District. Dr. Cole has presented this course for ACT for several years and has been given rave reviews from participants. 

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.
  • 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 in August 2015

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends June 11th, 2015 $360 $400
Regular Rate ends July 2nd, 2015 $400 $440
Late Rate begins July 3rd, 2015 $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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