MESA Professional Development Opportunities

2021-2022

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
  • Social emotional supports
  • Understanding and de-escalating behavior
  • Parent and self-advocate perspectives
  • Motivating change

Register Here for September 15-16, 2021 (virtual)

Register Here for November 10-11, 2021 (in-person)

Register Here for January 26-27, 2022 (virtual)

Register Here for March 3-4, 2022 (in-person)

 

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

Register Here for September 21-22, 2021 (virtual)

Register Here for November 16-17, 2021 (in-person)

Register Here for February 1-2, 2022 (virtual)

Register Here for March 8-9, 2022 (in-person)

 

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

Register Here for October 21, 2021 (in-person)

Register Here for February 10, 2022 (in-person)

 

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”. Preventative strategies and supports that decrease challenging behavior will be provided.

Topics include:

  • Functions of behavior
  • Strategies and supports that prevent challenging behavior
  • Identifying and teaching alternative skills

Register Here for September 30, 2021 (virtual)

Register Here for October 28, 2021 (in-person)

Register Here for December 8, 2021 (virtual)

Register Here for January 20, 2022 (in-person)

Register Here for February 17, 2022 (in-person)

 

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.**

During this training we will dig deeper into identifying and targeting challenging behavior. Participants will practice conducting a functional behavior assessment (FBA), and analyze the data that leads to the development of a behavior intervention plan (BIP).

Topics include:

  • Core components of an FBA and BIP
  • Tools for data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Writing SMART goals
  • Progress monitoring

Register Here for December 9, 2021 (virtual)

Register Here for February 18, 2022 (virtual)

 

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

Early Access

Autism Screenings & Awareness

Early Foundations

Early Intervention & Inclusivity

MESA Project

Professional Development