Workshops for parents and professionals offered be The Autism Project of Rhode Island


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Training Opportunities

It is the philosophy of the Autism Project that you need to understand the “why” behind each strategy so you can make effective individualized programs for all students. Therefore we develop our training topics and series with a balance of theory and how do I implement that theory in my classroom tomorrow. What does it look like? How do I modify it across the different ability levels of the autism spectrum?  We stand committed to help teachers develop and expand their “bag of tricks” they can use daily to support all learners in there classroom.

Trainings and Workshops are modified to meet the individual needs of a school district.

Training Series

A Starting Point is a nine-week training series for professionals and parents teaching and raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder. The series is supported by both a parent of a child with autism and a professional. The series topics include sessions on multiple areas of best practices including: an overview of ASD, Visual Structure, Communication, Sensory Integration, Emotional Regulation, and Positive Behavior Supports. We also have this series targeted for paraprofessionals specifically.

ASpire is a five-week training series designed for parents and professionals working with individuals with Asperger Syndrome. The program helps to teach participants about the unique characteristics and learning styles of persons with this disorder and the best practices identified that are most effective in addressing their needs.

Workshop Titles

Understanding Autism
Participants will learn how an autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder, impacts a student’s day-to-day interactions and ability to learn in multiple settings. Participants will be introduced to the concept of Can’t vs. Won’t (Ross Greene) and how to identify underlying skill deficits within activities and how to teach them to students for increased success. 

Implementing Structure Throughout the School Day
Structured Teaching is the foundation for all programming based on the UNC/Division TEACCH’s protocol. Learn how to implement the Structured Teaching framework into any environment, task and behavioral expectation to support teaching a new skill and independence. 

Self Regulation to Support Learning
Participants learn about self regulation and the challenges students face. They will be introduced to evidence based tools to use to teach and support a student’s body regulation throughout the school day.

Using Visual Strategies to Support Problem Solving
Participants will learn the skills necessary to be efficient personal problem solvers. They will be introduced to tools and strategies used in teaching and supporting students as they develop personal problem solving skills.

Modify the Curriculum for the Visual Learner
In a typical classroom the simplest and most efficient way to teach new skills and behavior expectations is through the use of verbal language.  Many learners need a multi-sensory approach to understand concepts and expectations.  Learn different approaches to support your instruction to meet the needs of visual learners.   

Positive Behavior Interventions
Challenging behaviors often disrupt the learning environment.  When typical behavior programs do not work and the behavior continues, what do you do?  This training addresses how to assess the challenging behaviors to better identify the core issue. You will then learn the strategies and tools that can support a positive learning environment.

Implementing a Social Coaching Curriculum
Participants will be introduced to several concepts to consider when developing a Social Coaching curriculum. Our approach teaches how to create a balance in teaching students the social skills with fun hands-on activities to practice the new skills.

Cognitive Learning Strategies
Success during the school day includes both participating in the academic curricula and meeting the social demands of the group.  For a student to learn and access the daily academic curriculum, they need to be able to monitor and regulate their social behaviors.  Little direct instruction is provided surrounding the hidden social curriculum and the rules of learning in a group,  which underlies success in all environments, whether in English, Math, hallways, cafeteria or simple hanging out during break, etc.  Some students may learn the hidden social curriculum intuitively.  However, there are a group of students with a variety of learning differences that make learning the hidden social curriculum challenging.  As these students struggle to maintain positive behaviors, they are missing the important instruction necessary to participate in their learning environment.

The concepts and practices presented in Cognitive Learning Strategies:

  • Introduces the “thinking skills” necessary to participate in the hidden social curriculum.

  • Offers suggestions  to quickly assess the student’s understanding of the hidden social curriculum.

  • Introduces materials and strategies that directly teach the hidden social curriculum.

  • Addresses how to introduce and teach the materials and strategies to the student.

Structured Teaching
Based on research and experience from the University of Norht Carolina/Division TEACCH this training highlights the importance of providing both visual and daily structure into the environment of children with Autism. Structured Teaching is simply a framework or skeleton that supports and holds up instruction, making lessons and activities meaningful to individuals with ASD.  This training will cover the importance of the four key elements of Structured Teaching: Physical structure, Daily Structure, Independent Work Systems, and Task Organization and focuses on adapting the students’ environment to enhance the learning, participation, and independence of students on the autism spectrum. Once this organizational “skeleton” is in place, any instructional method can be overlaid onto that framework to help it make sense to your students.

One-Hour Lunch and Learn or After School Special Workshops

Check out our training designed to pack a punch of information into a short time! Schedule a one-hour presentation during lunch breaks or after school for staff to learn how to help their students or children. Too often both parents work and there is little time to attend training. These workshops give them important information they can use to help their child.


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