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


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 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.

Contact Cheryl Cotter, Director of Training and Consultation to schedule your Workshop. Call Cheryl at 401-785-2666, ext. 1053 or email at


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