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Collaborative Instruction for Students with Autism and Challenging Behaviors

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 Rosemarie Griffen, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA COBA
In this course participants will learn about effective strategies for providing collaborative services for students with autism and for those with challenging behavior. We will discuss evidenced based assessments for helping to get a better understanding of this learner’s overall communication skill set. In addition, we will focus on understanding the variety of communicative functions and why working on requesting for early learners is so very important for helping students acquire a functional way to communicate. In addition, a discussion of the functions of behavior will be discussed and strategies for working effectively with students demonstrating maladaptive behavior will be addressed. Strategies for helping students communicate how they are feeling, instead of using their behavior to communicate, will be a focus of the later part of the presentation. Real life pictures and videos will be used to illustrate these concepts for preschool through high school aged students. 


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List 3 professionals with whom we may need to collaborate with to provide systematic services for students with autism.
  • List at least 3 communicative functions
  • Describe why we should start work on requesting with students who are non verbal or limited verbally
  • Define the strategy of video modeling.
  • Define the importance of data collection regarding communication skills.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline: 
10 minutes: Introduction to the course 
10 minutes: Strategies for collaboration
10 minutes: Assessment for early learners
10 minutes: Communicative Functions
20 minutes: Importance of working on requesting
15 minutes: Goal setting and data collection on these skills
10 minutes: Case Studies
5 minutes: Take Home Points
10 minutes: Review of key points from part one
5 minutes: Behavior as communication
10 minutes: Functions of behavior 
15 minutes: Functional communication training
15 minutes: Teaching strategies of reinforcement, prompting and errorless learning
10 minutes: Video Modeling
15 minutes: Case Studies
10 minutes: Take Home Points 

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial:  Rosemarie Griffin is a speaker for Video Continuing Education and receive royalty payments.
Non Financial:  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists 


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