UWAC Workshops

Current Workshops

July 23-25, 2019ABA Boot Camp (Seattle)
July 26, 2019ABA Strategies in Elementary Classrooms (Webinar)
August 6, 2019Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Introduction (Seattle)
August 7, 2019Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Beyond the Basics (Seattle)
August 8, 2019UW Autism Symposium (Tacoma)
August 14, 2019UW Autism Symposium (Seattle)
August 15, 2019Improving Social Navigation and Social Skills Instruction (Bremerton)
August 16, 2019Teaching Executive Functioning and Emotion Regulation (Bremerton)
August 21, 2019Supporting Language for Student with AAC (Webinar)
August 23, 2019
Academic and Organizational Success for Secondary Students (Tacoma)
September 11, 2019Neurodiversity and Autism (Webinar)
September 26, 2019Supporting Secondary-Aged Students with ASD (Webinar)


ABA Boot Camp

WHEN
Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-25, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle

COST:
Day 1 Only
$135 – register before June 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after June 1, 2019
Days 1-3
$455 – register before June 1, 2019
$505 – register on or after June 1, 2019

Are you interested in learning more about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how you can use it to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? The UW Autism Center is excited to present a three-day workshop to prepare educators, providers, and parents to work effectively with young and elementary-aged children with autism using evidence-based strategies from principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Day 1: Introduction to ABA Workshop

  • Learn how the characteristics of ASD impact learning
  • Gain a basic understanding of ABA principles, including reinforcement, punishment, prompting, and teaching loops

*Participants may choose to attend only day 1.

Days 2 & 3: Hands-On Experience

  • Opportunities for hands-on practice and live coaching/feedback with children will be provided
  • Learn how to implement DTT and naturalistic ABA teaching approaches
  • Discuss strategies for promoting communication and social interaction
  • Learn how to collect and analyze data
  • Review local resources related to ASD

Who should attend: Parents, educators, and providers working with children with ASD 8 years of age or younger

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

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

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ABA Strategies in Elementary Classrooms
(Webinar)

WHEN
Friday, July 26, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE
Webinar
COST: $60 per person

Increasingly, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are being included in general education classrooms. General education teachers and support personnel would benefit from additional information for how to support the population. This webinar focuses on how to use group behavior management and classroom-wide supports based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to help students be successful in elementary classrooms.

Course objectives:

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

  • How to use motivation and reinforcement to promote participation and work completion
  • Individual and whole group behavior management strategies
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • How to use visual supports to increase independence in the classroom

Who should attend: Educators supporting students with ASD in grades K-5 in a general education setting

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

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

Instructors: Robin Finlayson, MEd, BCBA, LBA and Wayne Lynch, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Introduction

WHEN
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

Non-compliance, aggression, and eloping can get in the way of everyday activities from going out into the community to learning in school. Understanding how factors in our environment can increase or decrease challenging behaviors is important and will have an impact on how behaviors are addressed. Strategies presented are based on the scientific principles  of ABA and will aim to create a responsive learning environment to prevent challenging behaviors from occurring. Please join us for this introductory workshop on addressing challenging behaviors.

Course objectives:

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

  • To understand challenging behaviors in students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Common motivations or functions of engaging in challenging behaviors
  • How to identify and teach appropriate behavior to replace challenging behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent challenging behaviors and how to manage them when they occur

Who should attend: Educators and parents interacting with students with challenging behaviors of all grade levels

Content level: Beginner

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

Instructors: Wayne Lynch, MEd, BCBA, LBA and Ashley Penney, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors:
Beyond the Basics

WHEN
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

Do students you work with have challenging behaviors that are difficult to manage? Do you find yourself out of ideas for how to address challenging behaviors? This workshop is designed to help educators understand and prevent challenging behaviors and builds on a basic understanding of behaviors and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Join us for both of our workshops on challenging behaviors if you want an in-depth experience!

Course objectives:

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

  • Strategies to evaluate functions of behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent, replace, and respond to challenging behaviors, including functional communication training, systems of reinforcement, and non-aversive approaches to redirect behavior
  • How to teach emotion regulation
  • Essential components of a behavior intervention plan

Who should attend: Educators, providers, and parents who have attended Addressing Challenging Behaviors: An Introduction or received training in addressing challenging behaviors and functional behavior assessment

Content level: Intermediate

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

Instructors: Ashley Penney, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Wayne Lynch, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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UW Autism Symposium 2019
(formerly known as STAS)

WHEN / WHERE
Thursday, August 8, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
UWAC – Tacoma

or
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
UWAC – Seattle

*Please register for only one day. The same topic will be presented on both days.

COST: FREE

The University of Washington Autism Center is excited to present the 5th annual summer autism symposium (formerly known as STAS) FREE to educators across Washington state. The topic this year is Supporting Diverse Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and will be presented in both Seattle and Tacoma. Please sign up for only one location.

Join us to learn about the following!

Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Working with Student with ASD in the School Setting
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is assumed to impact individuals equally across racial, ethnic, and cultural divides; however, the research indicates that there is inequality in identification rates. In this session, participants will learn about some of the differences in identification rates both nationally and in Washington state schools, symptom presentation differences, and tips for appropriate identification of ASD in school settings.

Supporting Linguistically Diverse Children with ASD in the School Setting
In this workshop, you will be able to define what it means to be culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD). Participants will be able to identify common myths of linguistically diverse populations and benefits of being exposed to these enriched environments. Participants will be able to describe classroom and treatment strategies to supporting linguistically diverse children with ASD.

Introduction to Neurodiversity and Autistic Culture
In this presentation, you will learn the ways in which the neurodiversity movement has worked to build an empowering approach to autism and disability in general. Participants will be able to identify views and goals of the neurodiversity movement, common disagreements with the professional and parent communities, and current efforts to bridge the gap between the groups.

Girls in ASD
For every 4 boys diagnosed with autism, 1 girl is diagnosed with autism. Girls with ASD have been described as “hiding in plain sight” as research and clinical services have focused on boys with autism.  In this workshop participants will learn how girls with ASD present different than their male counterparts, the challenges for families to recognize and diagnose girls with ASD, and how educators and providers can help increase awareness of girls with ASD.  Included in this workshop will be voices from autistic girls and from parents of autistic girls.

Who should attend: Educators working with students with ASD in special education classrooms across all grade levels.

Content level: Beginner

Clock Hours: Washington State OSPI clock hours (5 hours) for certificated school staff are available for an additional fee. Please bring a check made payable to UW Autism Center for a total of $15.00 ($3.00 per hour).

Presenters: Kawena Begay, Ph.D., NCSP James Engracia, M.A., CCC-SLP Natasha Lewis Harrington, Psy.D. Kathryn Holley, M.Ed., BCBA

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Improving Social Navigation and Social Skills Instruction
(Bremerton)

WHEN
Thursday, August 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
OESD Conference Center
105 National Avenue N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and Olympic ESD 114 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and providers of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attend one or both trainings.

The “unspoken” rules governing social skills are quite challenging for individuals with ASD. Participants will learn basic tools and strategies for assessing and teaching social skills to increase successful social interactions.

Course objectives:

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

  • How to assess social skills and interpret others’ social skills assessments
  • Characteristics of evidence-based social skills programs
  • How to apply social skills strategies in everyday contexts: classroom, playground, community

Who should attend: Educators and providers working with students with ASD

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

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

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

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Teaching Executive Functioning and Emotion Regulation Skills
(Bremerton)

WHEN
Friday, August 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
OESD Conference Center
105 National Avenue N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and Olympic ESD 114 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and providers of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attend one or both trainings.

Individuals with ASD often experience amplified emotional responses and poor emotional control. In this workshop participants will learn what emotion regulation (ER) and executive functioning are, why they are important, how deficits in executive functioning 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 ​training, ​participants ​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: Educators and providers working with students with ASD

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

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

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

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Supporting Language for Students with AAC in the Classroom
(Webinar)

WHEN
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE
Webinar
COST: $60 per person

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are used to help students communicate their wants, needs, and so much more. By learning a variety of evidence-based strategies, educators can become ‘smart’ communication partners to support language and social development in the classroom. This webinar is great for beginners in AAC or those who need a refresher.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will:

  • Define Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and identify the different types of systems
  • Describe educator tips to support those with AAC needs
  • Identify for communication during daily routines in the classroom and peer interactions
  • Describe strategies for educating and training members of the education team as ‘smart partners’ for communication

Who should attend: Educators and school personnel interacting with students with ASD who use an AAC device

Content level: Beginner (basic AAC concepts)

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

Instructors: James Engracia, MA, CCC-SLP

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Academic and Organizational Success for Secondary Students

WHEN
Friday, August 23, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Tacoma

COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

Difficulty turning in assignments? Disorganized backpack? Poor time management? In this workshop, participants will learn how executive functioning impacts students’ ability to plan and organize for success. Participants will learn strategies to be implemented at home and school to support executive functioning and organizational success. This workshop will also outline strategies that can be used to help bridge the gap between home and school. Additionally, participants will learn age appropriate systems of reinforcement to motivate and encourage independence.

Course objectives:

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

  • Learn why organization is difficult for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Strategies to implement at home and school to support organization and time management
  • Systems of reinforcement to encourage independence

Who should attend: Parents and school personnel interacting with secondary school age individuals with ASD

Content level: Beginner

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

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

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Introduction to Neurodiversity and Autism Acceptance for Professionals
(Webinar)

WHEN
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
4:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE
Webinar
COST: $60 per person

 

As helping professionals, we all want to be accepting of autistic people, but may not know how to best help them feel accepted. In this presentation you will learn the ways in which the neurodiversity movement has worked to build an empowering approach to autism and disability in general. Participants will be able to identify views and goals of the neurodiversity movement, recognize their own assumptions about autism and disability, and think creatively about ways that neurodiversity principles can be applied to their work.

Who should attend: Professionals who work with autistic clients, patients, or students of any age

Content level: Beginner

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

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA and Natasha Lewis Harrington, PsyD

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Supporting Secondary-Aged Students with ASD:
8 Tips for an Inclusive Classroom
(Webinar)

WHEN
Thursday, September 26, 2019
4:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE
Webinar
COST: $60 per person

Making inclusion meaningful for all students is a difficult task! In this webinar participants will learn 8 tips and strategies to help make inclusion meaningful for secondary students on the autism spectrum. A brief overview of ASD will lay the groundwork for how to adapt classroom instruction to meet the needs of autistic students. Strategies to modify assignments that can increase motivation and participation, as well as, incentives and general behavioral strategies will also be addressed in this training.

Course objectives:

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

  • A brief overview of ASD
  • Strategies to modify assignments that can increase motivation and participation
  • General behavioral strategies and incentives

Who should attend: Educators supporting students with ASD in grades 6-12 in a general education setting.

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

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

Instructors: Robin Finlayson, MEd, BCBA and Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA

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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.