UWAC Workshops

Current Workshops

March 27, 2019ABA: The Basics
April 3, 2019ASD and Inclusion for Paraprofessionals
April 12, 2019 Addressing Challenging Behaviors – Advanced Strategies
April 17, 2019
Executive Functioning and Emotion Regulation
April 30, 2019Reinforcement Workshop
May 3, 2019Autism and Anxiety
May 14-15, 2019ADOS-2 Intro/Clinical Workshop
May 16, 2019ADOS-2 Toddler Module Workshop
May 17, 2019ABA: The Basics for Providers


ABA: The Basics

WHEN
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle

COST: $155 per person

This introductory training is specifically designed for parents and professionals interacting with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The training will begin with an overview of ASD including core symptoms, strengths, and challenges. How ASD symptoms impact learning and behavior will also be discussed. Next, an introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be presented including what it is, an overview of different ABA approaches, and basic behavioral principles used in this therapeutic approach. Finally, additional behavioral support strategies such as reinforcement, punishment, and teaching loops will be discussed.

Course objectives:

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how the characteristics of ASD impact learning
  • Gain a basic understanding of ABA principles, including reinforcement, punishment, prompting, and teaching loops
  • Learn how to teach students or clients with ASD using fundamental behavioral strategies

Who should attend: Parents, providers, and educators of preschool and school-aged individuals with ASD with little to no knowledge of ABA

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours max) available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kawena Begay, PhD, NCSP and Robin Talley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Introduction to ASD and
Inclusion Tips for Paraprofessionals

WHEN
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
3:30 – 5:30 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle

COST: $40 per person

Paraprofessionals in inclusion classrooms are often one of the primary service providers for students on the autism spectrum, but do not always have targeted training in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This workshop will give participants an overview of ASD and discuss the impact of ASD on school behavior. Tips to positively impact behavior and provide appropriate support will be offered, including information about using visual supports.

Course objectives:

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How to use students’ interests as motivators and reinforcers for participation and work completion
  • How to use routines and visual supports to increase independence
  • Effective accommodations and modifications

Who should attend: Paraprofessionals working in inclusive settings with children with ASD

Content level: Beginner

Clock hours: NOT AVAILABLE for this training

Instructor: Kawena Begay, PhD, NCSP

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Advanced Strategies

WHEN
Friday, April 12, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle

COST: $155 per person

Non-compliance, aggression, and elopement can interfere with everyday activities from classroom learning to successfully going out into the community. Understanding how factors in our environment can increase or decrease challenging behavior is important. This workshop builds on a basic understanding of challenging behaviors and principles of applied behavior analysis such as, antecedent-based and consequence-based strategies.

Course objectives:

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • To understand the function of severe problem behavior, including aggression and self-injury
  • Strategies to evaluate functions of behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent, replace, and respond to challenging behaviors (functional communication training, complex systems of reinforcement, non-aversive strategies to redirect behavior)
  • Strategies to teach emotion regulation
  • How to a develop a behavior intervention plan

Who should attend: Parents, providers, and educators who have received training in addressing challenging behaviors and functional behavior assessment

Content level: Intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours) available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kawena Begay, PhD, NCSP and Robin Finlayson, MEd, BCBA

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Teaching Executive Functioning and
Emotion Regulation Skills

WHEN
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
3:30 – 6:30 PM
WHERE
Live Webinar
or
UWAC – Seattle
COST: $60 per person

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often experience amplified emotional responses and poor emotional control. In this workshop participants will learn what emotion regulation (ER) and executive functioning (EF) are, why they are important, how deficits in EF and ER impact students’ abilities to succeed, and strategies to teach and support individuals with ASD to better regulate their emotions and improve executive functioning skills.

Course objectives:

In this workshop, participant will learn:

  • What executive functioning is and how it presents in children
  • How to support students in the classroom to improve executive functioning skills
  • How to support parents/students at home to improve executive functioning
  • What is emotion regulation (ER) and why it is important
  • Factors that impact ER for individuals with ASD
  • How to talk to individuals about their behavior and emotions
  • Strategies to teach individuals with ASD to better regulate their emotions
  • How to embed opportunities to practice ER throughout the environment

Who should attend: Parents and providers interacting with individuals with ASD

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (3 hours) available for an additional fee

Instructor: Kawena Begay, PhD, NCSP

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Reinforcement Workshop
Thinking Outside the Box: Individual and Class-Wide Motivation Strategies for Diverse Learners

WHEN
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
3:00 – 6:00 PM
WHERE
Webinar OR
UWAC – Seattle

COST: $60 per person

**Participants ​can ​attend ​this ​training ​in person ​at ​the ​UW ​Autism ​Center ​in ​Seattle ​or ​via ​the ​web.**

Reinforcement is an evidence-based practice used to increase target behaviors and skills and can be used effectively with learners across an age range, regardless of cognitive level and/or communication skills. Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2007) said, “positive reinforcement is the most important and most widely applied principle of behavior analysis.” Join us to learn more about how to motivate school-aged learners using principles of reinforcement.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will ​learn more about:

  • Effective motivation strategies including positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, differential reinforcement, and token economy system
  • Group and individual reinforcement systems
  • How to arrange schedules of reinforcement
  • How to identify what a child is interested in and how to use those interests to encourage learning and growth in skills

Who should attend: Teachers and providers of preschool and school age children with basic working knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Content level: Intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (3 hours) available for an additional fee

Instructors: Ashley Penney, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA and Robin Talley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Autism and Anxiety

WHEN
Friday, May 3, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Tacoma
Cherry Parkes Building
Room 105
COST: $155 per person

Up to 84% of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have been found to experience anxiety symptoms (White et al., 2009).  It is important to understand how anxiety may impact symptoms of ASD and how to respond when someone with ASD is experiencing anxiety.

Course objectives:

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • The difference between everyday worry and diagnosable levels of anxiety
  • Symptoms of various Anxiety Disorders
  • How to recognize anxiety in someone with ASD
  • Behavioral strategies and treatments shown to reduce anxiety

Who should attend: Parents, providers, and educators of individuals with ASD of all grade levels

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours max) available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA and Patricia Matestic, PhD

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ADOS-2 Introductory Clinical Workshop

WHEN
May 14-15, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST: $530 per person

This is a 2-day introductory training on how to administer and score ADOS-2 modules 1-4 and a prerequisite for the Advanced Research Workshop and Toddler Module Workshop. Two live demonstrations and in-depth coding discussions will be provided at the training.

Prerequisites: This training is designed for providers with at least a Master’s level degree and in a professional field related to autism spectrum disorder (e.g. psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physicians, licensed marriage & family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, teachers).

It is recommended that you bring an ADOS-2 manual to the workshop. Manuals can be purchased from Western Psychological Services (WPS). ADOS-2 kits are not required for this workshop.

ADOS-2 Workshop FAQs

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (12 hours max) available for an additional fee

Instructor: Tanya St. John, PhD

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ADOS-2 Toddler Module Workshop

WHEN
May 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST: $265 per person

The Introductory Clinical Workshop for the Toddler Module reviews the administration, scoring, and coding guidelines in a lecture, demonstration, and group discussion format. This workshop is appropriate for researchers and clinicians who have completed the Introductory Clinical Workshop on Modules 1–4 and are seeking further training for developing clinical competence using the ADOS-2 with toddlers. The workshop is also appropriate for professionals who have experience in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and formal testing, such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physicians, and psychologists. At the end of the workshop participants will be provided with a training video and protocol to aid further practice.

Prerequisites: All trainees are expected to have prior training in modules 1 – 4 of the ADOS / ADOS-2 (e.g. attendance at an ADOS or ADOS-2 clinical and/or research workshop).

It is recommended that you bring an ADOS-2 manual to the workshop. Manuals can be purchased from Western Psychological Services (WPS). ADOS-2 kits are not required for this workshop.

ADOS-2 Workshop FAQs

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours max) available for an additional fee

Instructor: Tanya St. John, PhD

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ABA: The Basics for Providers

WHEN
Friday, May 17, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Tacoma
Cherry Parkes Building
Room 338A
COST: $155 per person

This introductory training is specifically designed for professionals working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The training will begin with an overview of ASD including core symptoms, strengths, and challenges. How ASD symptoms impact learning and behavior will also be discussed. Next, an introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be presented including what it is, an overview of different ABA approaches, and basic behavioral principles used in this therapeutic approach. Finally, additional behavioral support strategies such as reinforcement, punishment, and teaching loops will be discussed.

Course objectives:

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how the characteristics of ASD impact learning
  • Gain a basic understanding of ABA principles, including reinforcement, punishment, prompting, and teaching loops
  • Learn how to teach students or clients with ASD using fundamental behavioral strategies

Who should attend: Providers and educators of individuals with ASD of all grade levels

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours max) available for an additional fee

Instructor: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Any of our workshops can be provided as on-site trainings to schools and organizations.  If your group is interested in having our training team bring the workshops to you, please see our Individualized Workshops page.