MESA Professional Development Opportunities

2020-2021

Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Foundation Training for Teachers and other Certified Staff

This two day workshop is designed for teachers and other certified staff who serve students with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Upon completion participants will have practical information regarding how ASD affects classroom performance.  Effective strategies and supports will be provided.

Topics include:

  • Autism: What we know
  • Characteristics of autism
  • Identification of autism
  • The power of teaming
  • Inclusive practices
  • Classroom strategies for supporting students with ASD
  • Enhancing students’ communication and social interactions
  • Social emotional supports
  • Understanding and de-escalating behavior
  • Parent and self-advocate perspectives
  • Motivating change

Register Online for March 3-4th Virtual Training

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Foundation Training for Paraprofessionals and Other Support Staff

This two-day workshop is designed for paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, Head Start providers and other school support staff who serve students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Upon completion participants will have practical information regarding how ASD affects classroom performance. Effective strategies and supports will be provided.

Topics include:

  • Autism: What we know
  • Characteristics of autism
  • The power of teaming
  • Classroom strategies for supporting students with ASD
  • Enhancing students’ communication and social interactions
  • Social emotional supports
  • Understanding and de-escalating behavior
  • Parent and self-advocate perspectives

Date:  February 24-25, 2021
Price:  $275 per person
Location: Live via Zoom

Register Online for February 24-25th Virtual Training

 

 

Enhancing Communication for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

* ASHA CEU Credits available

This workshop is designed for elementary educators and speech-language pathologists working with students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Upon completion participants will have a better understanding of best practice for enhancing communication and serving students in the school setting.

Topics include:

  • Identifying goals and methods for documenting progress
  • Advantages of different service delivery options
  • Review current evidence regarding effective intervention
  • Utilizing a team approach

Training Completed

 

 

Reducing Challenging Behavior for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This one day virtual course is designed for teachers and other certified school personnel serving students with ASD who demonstrate challenging behavior in the school setting. Upon completion participants will be able to identify the functions of behavior, aka the “why”.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the components of challenging behavior.
  2. Determine reasons why challenging behavior occurs.
  3. Reduce challenging behavior through preventive strategies, teaching new skills, and positive reinforcement.

Date:  January 29, 2021
Price:  $150/ per person
Location:  Live via Zoom

Training Completed

 

Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments & Writing Behavior Intervention Plans

**This training has a pre-requisite requirement:  Participants must have previously attended our “Reducing Challenging Behavior for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” training (aka:  Challenging Behavior in Schools)**

During this online training we will dig deeper into challenging behavior

walking participants through the process of creating a functional behavior analysis (FBA) through data analysis, and how to develop a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) based on the information from the FBA.

Discussion will address key components to include in the FBA and BIP as well as writing goals and objectives that are clear and effective for the entire school team to implement.

Topics include:

  • Core components of a functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan
  • Tools used to collect data when performing the functional behavior assessment
  • Analysis of the data
  • Quality goals for behavior intervention plans

* This workshop is designed exclusively for teachers and related service providers who regularly write FBAs and BIPs in the public school system.

Date:  February 5, 2021
Price:  $150/per person
Location: Live via Zoom

Training Completed

Watch our website for more updates on trainings!

 

Location for all workshops:  Online

 

For more information contact:  Jeanne Buchanan at 405-842-9995

Early Access

Autism Screenings & Awareness

Early Foundations

Early Intervention & Inclusivity

MESA Project

Professional Development