Online Training Activities

In response to the need for comprehensive training for individuals working with students with ASD in Virginia, ACE has developed online training opportunities for paraprofessionals. The training is provided through the use of online technology and is accessible directly from our website. Our online training activities offer high-quality, intensive training on aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders. To participate, you need a computer with (preferably high-speed) internet access, Adobe Flash Player software within your browser, and a sound card with speakers in order to listen to the lectures (full text transcripts are provided for all lectures and multimedia).

Although training is an important element in learning and developing successful skills and strategies for working with individuals with ASD, it is imperative that training be followed by support, coaching, and mentoring to insure successful implementation of skills and proficiencies. Local educational agencies are strongly encouraged to follow ACE training activities with support required to assist the paraprofessional in implementation in the school setting.

Online Course for Paraprofessionals: Autism Spectrum Disorders for Paraprofessionals: Providing Effective Instruction and Supports

VCU-ACE is excited to provide an online course for paraprofessionals who serve at least one student with autism spectrum disorder. The course is designed to target paraprofessionals who provide any type of instruction or behavior support to these students in any educational environment. However, the course is appropriate for any person who works in a support role within the school division or any person who interacts with students with autism spectrum disorder but may not have primary responsibilities for the student. This can include but is not limited to:

  • classroom paraprofessionals
  • individual student paraprofessionals
  • hallway monitors
  • cafeteria monitors
  • bus drivers and assistants
  • school nurses
  • resource teachers (physical education, art, music)
  • librarians
  • computer lab personnel
  • office personnel

and anyone else who would like to learn more about autism spectrum disorder.

A new section of the course runs monthly. Participants may register for any of the upcoming sections available on the website. They will have one month to complete the online course. New sections open on the first week day of the month and close on the last week day of the month. You can register for the course any time, but you will not be able to access the course until the section for which you registered opens. For example, you may register in April for a section that begins in July.

The course consists of 5 modules. Participants are to complete each module in order until all are successfully completed. The course begins on the first day of each month and closes on the final day of the month. Participants can complete each of the 5 modules at their own pace. However, access to the modules will be staggered over the course of the month to help ensure the participant completes the modules in the correct order and devotes the appropriate amount of time to each. Participants will be given access to the modules using the following schedule:

  • Modules 1 & 2 will be open during the first week of the section.
  • Modules 3 & 4 will open during the second week of the section.
  • Module 5 will open during the third week.

Participants can take the entire month to complete all 5 modules but will not be able to begin a module until access is provided.

We invite you to read more information about the course and to register online.