Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
This course introduces the student to the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA), which is the basis for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (IBI). In addition to basic terminology, students will learn when and how to use these techniques appropriately. Students will also learn how to access and interpret journal publications in the field of autism and applied behaviour analysis.
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
This course examines the three major syndromes of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified according to their core features and their diagnostic criteria. This course provides an introduction to a neurodevelopmental and behavioural understanding of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Working with Families and Teams
This course presents the student with theories, terminology and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The focus will be on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI). Students will develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.
Specialized Instructional Strategies
This course introduces the student to common evidence-based behavioural approaches applied in teaching individuals with autism new skills with an emphasis on strategies for teaching language, academic skills, activities of daily living, play skills, and social skills. Topics will be approached by providing the student with an understanding of the terms used, a description of the teaching techniques characterized in each of the models (where applicable) and a basic understanding of the conceptual elements motivating the approaches. Topics will include traditional discrete trial training protocols, protocols developed based on Skinner's analysis of verbal behaviour, Precision Teaching methodology, and Direct Instruction, Pivotal Response Training, Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Incidental and Natural Environment Teaching.
Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention
As part of the Filed Placement I course, students are required to successfully complete a certificate in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention (NVCPI) to be delivered outside the Autism and ABA Graduate Certificate Program (most typically a two-day course). Completion of Field Placement I requires that the student have a valid certificate in NVCPI (or other government approved equivalent certificate course). The college will assist students in identifying times and locations of NVCPI courses in their area, but the Autism and ABA Graduate Certificate Program fees do not include the cost of this course.
Ethics and Professionalism
This course will introduce the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework. Students will be introduced to professional codes of ethics that are essential for ethical practice. They will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structured exercises and group discussions.
This course will provide the participant with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BACB guidelines of responsible conduct for a behaviour analyst and the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.
Field Placement I
This course will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate some of the vocational outcomes. The placement will consist of 140 hours of participation in an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)/Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or within a classroom setting for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The student will develop technical skills through application of their knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. Students will also have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
Transition Planning and Implementations
This course will prepare the student for assisting in planning and mediating transitions for individuals with ASD within and across home, school and community settings from pre-school to adulthood. Topics will include models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation, transition planning across settings and environments, understanding differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments, developing collaborative relationships with parents and professionals, understanding transition practices and relevant legislation and practice gathering information when using transition assessment and evaluation tools.
Behavioural Skills Building
This course presents a comprehensive review of procedures for choosing and organizing curriculum for students with autism of various ages. A review of basic behaviour principles and teaching strategies will be discussed. Emphases will be placed on curriculum development such as the utilization of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R)/Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). Curriculum development will be discussed with an emphasis on speech and language, social and play skills, personal care skills and inclusion into less restrictive environments.
Parent and Staff Training
This course introduces the student to techniques for training others specifically to implement behaviour change plans (technology transfer). Students will learn and practice techniques for individual and group presentation formats for the training of families and professionals. Students will also learn how to maintain procedural integrity, use performance feedback, evaluate the effects of training, and understand the challenges that may impact before, during and after mediator training. Emphasis will be placed on in-class presentation and role-play practice.
Treating Challenging Behaviours
In this course, the student will be introduced to a variety of procedures used to assess and treat challenging behaviours presented by individuals with autism/ASD. The topics covered will include functional behavioural assessment and functional analysis and scientifically validated techniques for the treatment of challenging behaviours (e.g. stereotypy, pica, aggression, self-injury, etc.). Emphases will be placed on ethical considerations such as the utilization of the least intrusive, least restrictive model and "effective treatment". Techniques covered will include antecedent control strategies, schedules of reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement strategies, social stories, desensitization procedures, and decelerative procedures.
Field Placement II
Students will further develop their technical skills through application of their knowledge gained in the prerequisite and corequisite courses. In addition to developing and implementing treatment plans, students will use a guided observation to identify behavioural practices and their effectiveness. Students will continue to have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
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