Autism and ABA Therapy (Online)

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Part-Time: September 20, 2023 – November 29, 2023

Schedule: Webinars are held Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm PST

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Very informative and helpful instructor. Very interesting and well thought out course!

Tori Phillips, Autism and ABA Therapy, 2022

Autism and ABA Therapy Course Overview

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a system of autism treatment based on behaviourist theories which states that desired behaviours can be taught through a system of rewards and consequences. ABA can be thought of as applying behavioural principles to behavioural goals and carefully measuring the results.

Students will learn about the neurodevelopmental and behavioural aspects of people with autism spectrum disorder. Students will learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnostics tools, research-based interventions, and will cover autism spectrum disorder from birth to adulthood.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of Autism and ABA Therapy course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Explain the DSM-V criteria for ASD
  • Discuss the challenges people with ASD face
  • Apply evidence-based practices to assist students
  • Apply Discrete Trial Training procedures
  • Explain what sensory impairments are and their characteristics
  • Develop social stories and a picture exchange communication binder
  • Explain the role of autism centres in Canada
  • Describe the basic theory behind applied behaviour analysis
  • Identify a target behaviour for modification
  • List and describe behavioural assessments, graphing and data analysis
  • Describe the options to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviours
Program Organization # of Hours*
1. Autism Characteristics and the DSM-V 3
2. Sensory Processing Impairments 3
3. Communication and Social Stories 3
4. Responsible Use of ABA 3
5. Data Collection 3
6. The Function of Behaviour and Behavioural Objectives 3
7. Tool Box Building: Increasing Appropriate Behaviours 3
8. Tool Box Cleanup: Decreasing Challenging Behaviours 3
9. Generalization and Maintenance 3
10. Teaching Students to Manage Their Own Behaviour 3
11. Putting it All Together 3

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Live Online Students

Ashton College offers education for all students with a unique online learning approach. A synchronous learning component provides real time interaction and immediate feedback. We use real time interactive sessions, breakout rooms, and screen-sharing. An asynchronous learning component allows students to work at their own pace. Our asynchronous learning materials include recorded real time lectures, online readings, and discussion forums. We encourage students, if possible, to use both components so as to enjoy interactivity and community of real-time learning as well as studying at their own pace. This approach ensures students have support and resources to achieve their educational goals.

For synchronous sessions, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.

This program/course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. As such, PTIB did not review the program/course.

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