Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Applications (POPARD) Aug 13, 2013

August 12 – 16, 2013 (Monday to Friday)
SFU Downtown Campus – Harbour Centre
Vancouver, BC
Presented by
Kenneth D. Cole
Ph.D., R.Psych.
Brenda Dussault
Consultant with the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders

Due to popular demand, we have opened a second course, taught by Brenda Dussault.

Pre-readings will be sent to the email address provided with your registration on Monday, July 15th.

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.

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

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

About the Presenters:

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.

Although he is experienced as an educator in public schools, Ken 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.

Brenda Dussault is a highly experienced Special Education teacher.  She has worked with children with special needs for 20 years: as both a classroom teacher and a District Inclusion Support Teacher; in settings from elementary to high school and in BC, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon. For the past five years she has worked as an Education and Behaviour Consultant for the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders.


  • Registration costs include a $75 non-refundable materials fee.
  • Readings will be sent in July 2013 – 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: July 3, 2013 $360 $400
Regular Rate: July 4 – August 1, 2013 $400 $440
Late Rate Begins: August 2, 2013 $425 $465

Registration for this event is now full. Please call our office to be placed on the waiting list.


We are unable to offer bursaries for this event due to contracted costs.

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT’s live and online events and the books we sell at our book table are all considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Unit. More Autism Funding Information >


Cancellation costs include the $75 materials cost plus a $25 processing fee.

Workshop Location:

SFU Harbour Centre mapSFU Downtown Campus – Harbour Centre
Room 1520
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC 

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Workshop Schedule:

8:30 – 9:00
Registration – first day only
9:00 – 12:00
Morning Session*
12:00 – 1:00
Lunch – bring or buy your own
1:00 – 4:00
Afternoon Session*

* Instructor to set breaks on first day of class

Continue the Conversation Online:

We are working to build an online community space (the AOLC) for you to share stories, successes and to reflect and learn. It can provide a learning and community space that you can access at a time and location that is convenient for you.

You may wish to be an active participant, posing and answering questions, encouraging others to share their stories, and actively contributing to the creation of a safe and welcoming environment. You may wish to browse and take your time before engaging with the online community.

  • Login to the online community (AOLC)
  • Retrieve your existing ACT Online Account

* When you register online for the first time you are au /tomatically given an ACT Online Account. Use this account to participate in the ACT Online Learning Community, register for more live events or subscribe to online videos.

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.