Online Courses

Monthly Calendar Online Courses

VCU-ACE offers a wide variety of online training opportunities for professionals, families, individuals with ASD, and the community at large. These comprehensive e-learning opportunities investigate larger topics related to ASD. There are currently two types of online courses: facilitated and self-paced. Facilitated courses have narrated recorded presentations, video examples, quizzes, interactive discussion boards hosted by a course instructor, and can last between 4 to 6 weeks long. Self-paced courses allow participants to go at their own pace and have narrated recorded presentations from various experts in ASD and video examples.

Current courses cover various subjects related to ASD and are regularly scheduled throughout the year. For more information about our e-learning opportunities, or to register for a course, please scroll through the listings below.

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  • March 2, 2020
Autism Spectrum Disorder for Paraprofessionals: Providing Effective Instruction and Supports

This course is designed to provide paraprofessionals with skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD in the school setting. The course will provide an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities the paraprofessional may be asked to deliver. Participants will learn how to carry out their responsibilities while maintaining respect for the students and exhibiting sensitivity to beliefs, values, and cultures.

*This course fulfills the requirement for paraprofessionals in the state of Virginia who serve students with autism spectrum disorder.

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  • January 13, 2020
Using Positive Behavior Supports to Promote the Functional Behavior Assessment Process

This course will include the process of conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment, developing and implementing a Behavior Intervention Plan, and strategies for intervening when interfering behavior occurs. Students with ASD often present behaviors that interfere with learning in the educational setting. It is necessary to understand how and why interfering behaviors develop and to have knowledge of evidence based interventions designed to support positive behavior change.

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  • February 10, 2020
Evidence-based Practices to Teach Students with ASD

This course is designed to provide educators with skills and knowledge to instruct students with ASD in the educational setting. The course provides an overview of the importance of good instruction, appropriate skill selection, and evidence-based practices. A focus of the course will surround the "foundational five" evidence-based practices. The "foundational five" include: antecedent-based interventions, visual supports, systematic instruction, and interventions to promote social and communication skills. Participants will learn how to implement these practices through case study examples and supplemental learning activities.

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Self-paced; registration always open
Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder Self-Paced Online Course

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD, which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior as well as sensory processing issues. Secondary characteristics, including executive dysfunction, imitation, sequencing, and motor deficits as well as common co-morbid conditions will also be explored. The course will discuss the myths and facts surrounding ASD as well as the supports and services available to those with ASD and their families. The course will also provide an overview of the history, cause, and early signs of ASD as well as discuss the importance of understanding and utilizing strengths and interests. This course will also examine ASD throughout the lifespan.

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Self-paced; registration always open
Improving Goal Mastery through Data-Based Decision-Making

There are many strategies for instruction and intervention with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to teach skills needed to lead independent, productive, and happy lives; yet, these practices are often implemented without carefully monitoring the effectiveness of instruction. In this course, a structured and systematic approach to developing, implementing, and monitoring goals and objectives written for students with ASD is provided. The course begins by outlining how to write objective and measurable goals that will allow educators to determine whether a student is making adequate progress. Next, an overview of data collection, including types and purposes of data, is provided. The final section describes how to graph data and use graphs to make informed decisions. A focus is placed on regularly reviewing student performance on goals and objectives and making person-centered changes in approaches when needed to facilitate progress.

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Self-paced; registration always open
The Parent Playbook

This course is designed to introduce families to information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, including tips specifically for caregivers, information about the DSM-5, characteristics, interventions, and recommended programs and services.

**Please Note: All VCU-ACE online courses are currently available to residents of Virginia only.