About the Work Group on Autism Research and Training

The Life Span Institute Autism Training Program: Autism Specialist


Autism Specialist Training Structure and Description

Service Overview

Program Information

Autism Specialists are providers with a Masters degree or above who will operate as a behavioral consultant for the child with autism. As such, Autism Specialists will be responsible for creating a child's entire program. This includes conducting functional assessments, creating function-based behavior intervention plans, assessing children's current skill levels, creating programming based upon that assessment, and supervising and supporting the team of Intensive Individual Supports providers that will be implementing the intervention with the child on a daily basis.

Based upon these responsibilities, the preparation for Autism Specialists includes training on basic behavioral principles as well as assessment, and program creation/management. Autism Specialist Trainees must be present for two days of training. Training consists of 2 components:

1. Online informational tutorials and Pre-Post Assessments: Training modules have been developed and piloted with over 100 individuals working with families to provide language and early skill development for children and youth with autism (Heitzman-Powell & Buzhardt, 2005). The modules require approximately 20 hours of participation with learning evaluated using pre-post assessments. Each training module should be completed prior to coming in for Assessment Training. If a trainee scores 90% or higher on the pre-test, these modules are not mandatory.

Tutorial I: Autism & Treatment
Tutorial II: Defining and Observing Behaviors
Tutorial III: Principles of Behavior
Tutorial IV: Stimulus Control
Tutorial V: Effective Teaching Strategies
Tutorial VI: Decreasing Behaviors: Antecedent Control
Tutorial VII: Decreasing Behaviors Using Consequences
Tutorial VIII: Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans
Tutorial IX: Teaching Social-Communication Skills with Typical Peers
Tutorial X: Pulling It All Together

2. Assessment Training: This training consists of two consecutive days. One day will take place at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS and will cover building peer networks, conducting criterion-referenced assessments, and creating programming; the other will take place at the University of Kansas, Lawrence Campus and will consist of lecture and experiential training on functional assessment, with the opportunity to observe/participate in a functional analysis

 

Week 1

Week 2

M-F

Thursday

Friday

8:30-9:30

 

Online Modules & Quizzes

Classroom Training
KUMC

Classroom Training
Dole at KU Lawrence

9:30-10:30

Classroom Training
KUMC

Classroom Training
Dole at KU Lawrence

10:30-12:00

Clinic Training
KUMS Psych Suites

Classroom Training
Dole at KU Lawrence

12:00-1:00

Lunch

Lunch

1:00-4:00

Classroom Training
KUMC

Clinic Training
Dole at KU Lawrence


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