This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program develops advanced knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and awareness of effective intervention techniques via two field placements and academic study. Graduates have highly specialized areas of knowledge in ASD and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to design and implement behaviour strategies, understand evidence-based treatments for individuals with ASD, collect and analyze data, and work with and train families on implementing behavioural strategies.
Level 1 Credits BSCI-6001 Applied Behaviour Analysis-Intro 4 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. BSCI-6002 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 3 This course examines Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to core features and diagnostic criteria. This course provides an introduction to a neurodevelopmental and behavioural understanding of individuals with ASD. BSCI-6012 Specialized Instructional Strategies 4 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 modules (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, Direct Instruction, Pivotal Response Training, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Incidental and Natural Environment Teaching. BSCI-6004 Working With Families & Teams 3 This course presents the student with theories, terminology and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (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. BSCI-6018 Ethics & Professionalism 4 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 participants with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BCBA 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. In addition to the Ethics course, as a pre-requisite for Field Placement 1 & 2, students are required to successfully complete a certificate course in Non Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) to be delivered within the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate Program. Completion of Field Placement 1 & 2 requires that the student have a valid certificate in CPI (or other government approved equivalent certificate course). Non Violent Crisis Intervention is a safe behavior management system designed to help service providers provide the best possible care to individuals who may be assaultive, disruptive or out of control, even during the most violent moments. CPI skills are most useful in the immediate management of or de-escalation of acting-out behaviours, but do not replace the need for proactive behavioral support plans. FLDP-6004 Field Placement 1 3.6 This course will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate some of the vocational outcomes below. The placement will consist of 140 hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for individuals with 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. Level 2 Credits BSCI-6015 Behavioural Skill Building 4 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. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum development such as the utilization of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills - Revised (ABLLS-R)/Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP).Curriculum development will be discussed with an emphasis on speech and language, social and play skills, activities of daily living (ADL) and inclusion into less restrictive environments. BSCI-6016 Parent & Staff Training 2 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 or 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 presentations and role-play practice. BSCI-6009 Treating Challenging Behaviours 3 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 / Autism Spectrum Disorder. The topics covered will include functional behavioural assessment and functional analysis and scientifically validated techniques for the treatment of challenging behaviours, e.g., stereotype, pica, aggression, self-injury, etc. Emphasis 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. BSCI-6010 Transition Planning & Implementation 2 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; practice gathering information when using transition assessment and evaluation tools; and understanding Ontario policy/program memorandum No. 156. FLDP-6005 Field Placement 2 5.6 This course will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate some of the vocational outcomes below. 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. See individual learning activities and assignments for each of the four types of placements.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Assess and analyze the characteristics, skills, and behaviour of individuals with ASD to effectively implement evidence-based behavioural interventions.
- Design and implement effective behavioural intervention plans under appropriate supervision and based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
- Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural intervention plans based on the principles of ABA.
- Work collaboratively with families, teams, service providers, and the broader community to respond to the learning and behavioural needs of individuals with ASD.
- Design, implement, and evaluate as part of a team, ABA based transition plans for individuals with ASD.
- Comply with established ethical principles and professional guidelines
- Provide leadership in the promotion and provision of services to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and their families.
- Evaluate empirical evidence in order to select appropriate interventions for individuals with ASD.
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