Print Friendly and PDF

What's New at ACE?

How To Video Series

The VCU-ACE How To Series demonstrates evidence-based practices for students with ASD. These short videos are approximately five minutes and are intended to provide a quick look at implementing a particular strategy. The How To videos provide a short description of the topic with real life video examples of how to implement the evidence-based practice in the classroom with students with ASD. More How To videos will continue to be added so please check back often!


Guidelines for Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment

The Virginia Department of Education recently released Guidelines for Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment and Developing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports/Strategies. These guidelines contain practice recommendations based on Applied Behavior Analysis methodology. The interventions are recommended for use for behaviors that interfere with learning. Click here to download and review these guidelines.


Apply Now to the Virginia ABA Consortium for Fall!

The Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium is a university based partnership designed to provide participants with high quality coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and to prepare participants to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam if they choose. For more information, please visit the Virginia ABA Consortium website.

The Consortium is comprised of four cooperating Universities including George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. These Universities have collaborated to create a unified consortium designed to prepare students to sit for the BCBA examination. The Consortium provides content in Applied Behavior Analysis and offers supervised experience that is consistent with requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

To apply for fall 2015, check out the 2015 Online Application!


New Communication Tools

VCU-ACE is excited to offer two new tools for educators working on communication skills with their students! In addition to our other resources and information on Communication developed through our State Goal work, we are happy to offer these two Inventories for educators to use with students who have difficulties in the area of communication.

The first tool is the Expressive and Receptive Inventory for Emerging Language Learners. This Inventory has been designed for teams to use with students who have limited communication skills so they can look at skills to target. The Inventory looks at both expressive and receptive communication skills. Teams can use the Inventory to determine priority areas for instruction which can in turn lead to meaningful goal development. To access the Inventory, please visit our website. A webcast has been developed explaining how to use this Inventory.

The second tool is the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Inventory. This Inventory includes a number of pieces that help teams look at the student’s needs and determine a mode(s) of communication that is appropriate to teach that student. The Inventory includes a Feature Analysis that looks at the different needs of the student to help best match them with the system(s) that will meet those needs. To access the Inventory, please visit our website. A webcast has also been developed explaining how to use this Inventory.

For additional information on either of these tools, please contact Selena Layden at


bottom of main container