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Presented by: Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA

This presentation will focus on Step 7 of the Steps to Earning Instructional Control Series. This presentation  will discuss: Extinction during the Escape condition, Negative vs. Positive Punishment, Mini-Consequences, Determine least restrictive environment related to Instructional Control, Looking at data, and Benefits and problems associated with escape extinction.
Watch the Motivating Learner Participation with The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control (Part 3 of 3) webinar

Presented by Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA

Learning how to teach ”The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control.   Steps 1-6 will be discussed during this webinar.  This presentation will give information on how to organize your teaching environment so that you can earn cooperation and motivated participation from your client/student without the need for physically manipulating the child through escape extinction. 

Watch the Motivating Learner Participation with The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control (Part 2 of 3) webinar

Presented by: Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA 

Earning instructional control is the most important aspect of any intervention or
learning relationship. Instructional control is what motivates the learner to listen to you, to
develop new skills through instruction, and to do what you ask of them. Essentially,
instructional control is about developing a positive working relationship.

Watch the Motivating Learner Participation with The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control (Part 1 of 3) webinar

Presented by: Sharon Krupa-Sirotek, Ph.D. 

You will gain knowledge and self awareness in areas of Self-Care. You will be challenged to honestly assess your behaviors that increase or detract from Self Care. You will acquire strategies to improve your Self Care. You will commit to increasing behaviors of Self Care.

Watch the Self-Care - Your Work is as Good as You are webinar

Presented by Stacey Martin MA, BCBA, LBA

This presentation will provide an overview of the areas assessed on the VB-MAPP including a brief overview of the verbal operants.  It will review the components of the VB-MAPP manual and test protocol, including a review of scoring procedures.  The presentation will review the types of assessment methods used on the VB-MAPP and helpful steps to take before administering the VB-MAPP. Finally, participants will learn how to interpret results and use them for program development.

Watch the Introduction to the VB-MAPP:(Verbal Behavior – Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) webinar

Presented by: Teresa Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP

The 1st webinar in this series will provide an overview of the Assessment of Basic Language
and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS-R) protocol. The overview will include the steps to administer and score this tool.

Watch the Getting to Know the ABLLS-R webinar

Presented by: Deb Rauner M. Ed

The 2nd webinar will focus on using the information from the ABLLS-R to create a verbal behavior program. This information will review the Behavior Language Assessment tool and its use in getting a verbal behavior program started prior to the complete administration of the ABLLS-R.

Watch the Developing a Verbal Behavior Program Using the ABLLS-R webinar

Judy Endow, MSW LCSW and Cara Woundy, M.S., OTR

This webinar will provide information on how sensory differences may impact an autistic person throughout their lifetime. Judy will share how often sensory solutions for an indivdual can be considered problematic behaviors instead of recognizing that the individual is problem solving and figuring our their differences.

Watch the Sensory Processing: Self-Advocacy and Strategies- Part 2 webinar

Presented by: Cara Woundy, M.Ed, CAGS, OTR/L and Jamie Lewis, M.S. OTR/L

This webinar will provide an overview of sensory systems and how differences manifest. Participants will learn common terminology, which will allow them to understand and discuss sensory differences when working with students, teachers, administrators and parents. Sensory supports and strategies within the school and home environments will also be highlighted.

Watch the Sensory Processing: Overview and Strategies - Part 1 webinar

Presented by: Teri McGill, M.Ed., BCBA and Cara Woundy, M.S.,OTR/L,

This webinar will focus on the unique characteristics of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This webinar will discuss some of the early red flags of an Autism Spectrum Disorder in very young children, and how the areas of communication, social and behavior are impacted. Information will be shared on simple strategies for young children with Autism and what steps families and caregivers can take if they suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Watch the Autism and the Very Young Child webinar

By Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, MS. Ed.

This presentation will provide an opportunity for participants to earn what Future Planning is and how can it be used.  The presenter will review common characteristics of Future Planning Mapping and Future Planning frames and the specifcis on how to complete a map. Information on facilitation tips to complete a map and the limitations of Futures Planning will also be discussed.  

Watch the Transition: Person Centered Planning: Creating a Map to Your Student's Future - Part 4 webinar

Presented by Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

This webinar will provide information on the importance of and strategies to teach Sexual Education. Topics that will be covered include the importance of teaching the Hidden Curriculum regarding sexuality to adolescents and young adults with ASD, examples of hidden curriculum as it relates to dating and sexuality and strategies for teaching the hidden curriculum of sex.

Watch the Transition: The Central Importance of Sexual Education in ASD - Part 3 webinar

Presented by Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

This webinar  will provide information on the following:  Priorities of Instruction in transition programming (work/social/navigation skills), and Strategies for teaching 4 basic transition skills: Direct Instruction Video Modeling, Naturalistic Strategies and Support, and Generalization, Self‐monitoring.

Watch the Transition: Transition Planning for Competent Adulthood - Part 2 webinar

Presented by Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

This webinar will focus on real‐life skills for independence including the following topics: the ability for individuals to assess themselves on strengths, skills and the needs associated with their disabilities. Awareness of the accommodations they might need.  Knowledge of their rights to these accommodations and  the advocacy skills necessary to express their needs across multiple environments

Watch the Transition: Targeting Skills for Adult Independence - Part 1 webinar

Presnted by: Janine Kesterson Ph.D, BCBA-D, NCSP, LBA

This webinar will provide information on a team based approach to asessment and picky eaters.  The presentation will review evidence based procedures to help with restricted food preference or textures.

Watch the Picky Eaters: Facts and Interventions - Part 2 webinar

Presented by: Melinda Henson, M.Ed., BCBA

This presentation will cover the following: estimated prevalence of feeding problems in children with ASD, different examples of feeding & eating challenges, ethical considerations treating feeding issues in school settings and behavioral assessment factors to emphasize or adapt for children with autism.

Watch the Picky Eaters: Prevalence, Eating Challenges, Ethics, and Assessment - Part 1 webinar

Presented by: Michelle Grayson-Feldman, M.S. Ed.

This presentation will discuss how to proivde Sex Education training and prevent Sex Abuse in indivduals with autism and other developmental disabilites.   This webinar will cover how reducing the amount of touch, talk, and trust with our students can actually increase their safety in relationships.

Watch the Sex Abuse Prevention through Sex Education Training: Part 1 webinar

 Making Math Meaningful for Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, strategies for making math topics meaningful for students.

Watch the Making Math Meaningful: Supporting Students with Autism in Math - Part 2 webinar

Task Analysis for Math Topics, including strategies for identifying valid learning objectives, breaking them into small parts, and then using task analysis as an assessment tool.

Watch the Making Math Meaningful: Task Analysis for math topics - Part 1 webinar

The second webinar will provide a framework for developing quality literacy instruction for individuals with ASD. We will define what it means to balance holistic and explicit instruction, and briefly describe literacy approaches for individuals emerging, developing, and using conventional literacy skills. While this session does not provide detailed instructional practices, participants will gain a framework for quality literacy instruction applicable to their individual learners, and link this to the reading profiles previously discussed. 

Watch the Reading Comprehension & the Autism Spectrum - Part 2 webinar

This two-part webinar series is designed as an introduction into reading comprehension for individuals with autism spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In the first webinar, participants will learn about the cognitive profiles common in autism and the influence of these on reading comprehension. Participants will also learn about the reading comprehension process, and the intersection of reading and cognition in ASD. 

Watch the Reading Comprehension & the Autism Spectrum - Part 1 webinar

Providing evidence-based educational programming for students on the Autism Spectrum relies on a careful selection of focused approaches that have been shown to promote the acquisition of specific skills or the reduction of behaviors that are interfering with learning and social engagement in the classroom. Based upon current systematic reviews, nearly three-dozen approaches are considered effective at promoting such positive outcomes.

Watch the The importance of Social and Emotional Development - Defining Engagement in Classroom Settings for Students on the Autism Spectrum - Part 2 webinar

Providing evidence-based educational programming for students on the Autism Spectrum relies on a careful selection of focused approaches that have been shown to promote the acquisition of specific skills or the reduction of behaviors that are interfering with learning and social engagement in the classroom. Based upon current systematic reviews, nearly three-dozen approaches are considered effective at promoting such positive outcomes.

Watch the The importance of Social and Emotional Development - Part 1 webinar
  • Participants will learn strategies for moving structured play into the natural environment using a variety of visual supports.

  • Participants will learn ways to structure common play items to increase purposeful play.

  • Participants will develop an understanding of how to incorporate peers and friendship skills into structured play opportunities. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Incorporating Play into the Natural Environment - Part 4 webinar

This webinar is the third in a series of four webinars for early childhood educators. Today we will focus on teaching beginning object base play and then how to teach students to build more complex play schemes.. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Teaching Object Based Play - Part 3 webinar

This webinar is the second in a series of four for early childhood educators. Today we will focus on preparing ourselves for purposeful play. We will begin to explore the important role adults can take in helping children with developmental delays learn to interact, communicate and play. You will be introduced to strategies that facilitate interaction during those times when playing, communicating and socializing is the goal. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Preparing for Purposeful Play - Part 2 webinar

This webinar is the first in a series of four for early childhood educators. Today we will focus on joint engagement and joint attention. You will be introduced to applicable strategies to facilitate these developmental milestones in your classroom. 

Watch the Autism in Early Childhood: Joint Engagement and Joint Attention Strategies - Part 1 webinar

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1) Identify several types of visual supports to use with secondary students with ASD in the areas of:

  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Behavior
Watch the Programing for Middle & High School Students: Communication, Behavior and Social Supports for Secondary Students with ASD Part 4 webinar

Visual supports are an evidence-based practice that, if used correctly, promote independence by providing meaning and predictability for individuals with ASD.

During this presentation, we will discuss the steps for developing and implementing visual supports for all students. The examples provided will show how these visual supports might look at the middle and high school level. 

Watch the Programing for Middle & High School Students: Developing and Implementing Age-Appropriate Visual Supports for School and Community Environments - Part 3 webinar

In this webinar, participants will be introduced to how to choose appropriate routines to use Task Analysis. We will discuss how prompts and cues can develop or hinder independence and methods to teach the skills we want to teach. 

Watch the Programming for Middle and High School Students with ASD: Developing Routines and Independence Using Task Analysis - Part 2 webinar

Learner Objectives

Identify several assessments and curriculum guides that will assist with the development of age appropriate goals and objectives for middle and high school, and transition students with ASD.

Identify several priorities of instruction for secondary students with ASD.

Watch the Programing for Middle and High School Students with Autism: Assessments and Curriculum Guides for Secondary Students with ASD - Part 1 webinar

Presentation Summary

  • Catatonia is a treatable condition that can be identified based on symptoms.

  • Deterioration in psychomotor functioning and an increase in unresponsiveness are red flags for catatonia in ASD.

  • Both medical and psychological interventions are recommended for individuals with ASD and catatonia. 

Watch the Catatonia and ASD: Hidden in Plain Sight Part 2 webinar

Presentation Summary

  • Catatonia is associated with ASD

  • Characteristics of catatonia overlap with ASD

  • The history of catatonia is complex

  • Catatonia can be life threatening and requires its own treatment 

Watch the Catatonia and ASD: Hidden in Plain Sight - Part 1 webinar
This presentation will focus on the use of visual structure of tasks in order to capitalize on the visual strengths of the learners. The three components of visual structure will be presented: visual instructions, visual organization, and visual clarity.
Watch the The Elements of Structured Teaching: Visual Structure of Tasks - Part 5 webinar

This presentation will focus on the relationship between work systems and routines, the importance of teaching routines to help make the environment more meaningful, and support the development of strategies as a foundation for independence in all students. 

Watch the The Elements of Structured Teaching: Teaching Routines & Strategies - Part 4 webinar

Visual Schedules and Work Systems are the next two steps in learning about the Elements of Structured Teaching. Each of these elements has key skills associated with them for the student to master, and a specific means for teachers to assess and individualize them for their students.

Watch the The Elements of Structured Teaching: Assessing Schedules and Structured Work Systems - Part 3 webinar

Physical Structure is the first step in learning about the Elements of Structured Teaching. It is the foundation upon which all of the other components are added. The Overall Classroom Schedule is developed once the Physical Structure of the space is in place. This schedule contains information critical to the organization, management, and flow of the program.

Watch the The Elements of Structured Teaching: Physical Structure & Overall Classroom Schedules - Part 2 webinar

Presented by: Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP Speech and Language Pathologist 

Presentation Summary

  • A New Understanding of Executive Function: the 360 ThinkingTM Model

  • The key features of situational awareness: Space, Time, Objects, People

Watch the Executive Functioning: “Job Talk” - Developing Independent Executive Function Skills - Part 3 webinar

Presented by Dawna Sigurdson Ed.S.
with contributions from Sharon Krupa-Sirotek, Ph.D. LLC

This is the second in a series of Executive Function webinars developed as a part of the Tri-State Collaboration. Executive Function isa complex set of skills that has a profound impact on individuals with autism across the spectrum. The ability to use strategies in the component areas of executive function is integral to student success in academic and social environments.

Watch the Executive Functioning: A Closer Look - Part 2 webinar

Presented by: Sharon Krupa-Sirotek, Ph.D. Content Collaborator: Dawna Sigurdson, Ed.S. 

Executive Function (EF) is an umbrella term comprising a wide range of cognitive processes often called higher order thinking that are responsible for managing and directing mental, emotional and behavioral functions. (Chan, 2007)

Watch the Executive Functioning: Introduction to Executive Function - Part 1 webinar
Presented by: Cara Woudy M.Ed., CAGS

  1. The participants will determine the needs of their students by utilizing the appropriate social skills assessment tools.

  2. The participants will be able to describe strengths and needs of students with emerging social communication skills.

  3. The participants will be able to explain the impact that social skills have on student access to relationships, education, different environments and quality of life.

Watch the Expanding The World Through Social Development: Your “Wh” Questions Emerging Social Communicators - Part 2 webinar

Presented by: Jamie Lewis, MS OTR/L Nebraska

Social skills instruction should be a critical part of EACH and EVERY day for students with ASD. The curriculum and activities have to be planned and implemented with as much consideration, if not more than math, literacy and every other area.

Watch the Expanding The World Through Social Development: Your “Wh” Questions -Early Social Communicators - Part 1 webinar

Presented by: Cara Woundy, M.Ed., CAGS

Educational Evaluations are an interdisciplinary process. With a team approach (parents/guardians included) and the appropriate assessment tools, students will have an educational plan that is individualized to meet his/her needs. This can look different for each student but the end result will provide resources to school staff and family members. 

Watch the Educational Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Part 2 webinar

Presented by: Sharon Krupa-Sirotek, Ph.D. Content Collaborator: Cara Woundy, M.Ed. 

Autism Spectrum Disorders is increasing in our population. Schools need to create a systematic process to help staff and families identify students who may have ASD so they receive appropriate services.

This webinar is designed to help identify key characteristics of ASD and help create a process of educational identification of ASD. 

Watch the Educational Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Part 1 webinar

Participants will:

  • Learn the definition of bullying        
  • Gain information on the social-ecological model of bullying
  • Be introduced to a variety of resources for dealing with bullying
  • Understand the current research findings on bullying and students with ASD
Watch the Bullying and the Autism Spectrum webinar

Presented by: Anna Huynh 

The purpose of this webinar is to expand our thinking and introduce proactive approaches to serving children and families from poverty in a way that builds connections in and out of school.

Watch the Working with Students and Parents From Poverty webinar

Presented by Pam Williamson Ph.D. & Christina Carnahan, Ed.D.

Watch the Literacy and ASD - Part 1 webinar
This presentation provides an overview of the characteristics, learning styles and effective supports for individuals with high functioning autism. Watch the Introduction to High Functioning Autism webinar

This is an introduction to the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. It includes a brief overview of effective supports for individuals with ASD and a review of Nebraska resources.  

Watch the Autism Spectrum Disorders 101 - Nebraska ASD Network webinar