Distance Education

CARD Albany now offers distance education opportunities for professionals and parents on topics related to autism at no cost.

CTLE credits are available for a fee.


Sessions are offered at no cost and each lasts about 60-90 minutes. Each session includes lecture, multimedia examples, case studies and/or research studies. A pre- and post-test will be administered for each session in an attempt to collect data on the impact of the training on participant knowledge and learning. Sessions have been archived and can be viewed at any time following registration and pre-test completion.

To register, please click the title of the session you would like to view and fill out the registration form. CTLE credits (optional) can be purchased as part of the registration processes using a credit card or PayPal account.

Please click here to see our Distance Education Flyer!

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Register Online! - 1 CTLE Unit Available*
  • Learning Objectives
    1. Understand the core and associated characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
    2. Recognize common behaviors seen in students with autism
    3. Introduction to effective strategies to use with individuals with ASD
Thinking Differently: Keys to Understanding Students with ASD's Strengths and Needs in the Classroom
  1. Describe latest research relevant to the way individuals with ASD process social information and engage socially
  2. Identify challenging behaviors that students may display related to how they process information
  3. Identify strategies that can be used to teach adaptive skills to replace the challenging behaviors
Helping Students with ASD Overcome Challenging Behavior
  • Register Online! - 1.25 CTLE Units Available*
  • Learning Objectives
    1. Define the new DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders
    2. Establish meaningful goals based on areas of need and challenging behaviors
    3. Identify the steps to teach practical skills to replace challenging behavior
Creating Visual and Environmental Classroom Supports for Students with ASD
  • Register Online! - 1.25 CTLE Units Available
  • Learning Objectives
    1. Develop basic understanding of why students with ASD benefit from the use of visual supports
    2. Understand that visual supports can and should be individualized to students' needs
    3. Identify steps for creating effective visual supports
Supporting the Students with ASD: Your Role as a Paraprofessional
  • Register Online! - 1 CTLE Unit Available*
  • Learning Objectives
    1. Understand the unique needs for support in educational environments of students with ASD
    2. Increase awareness of the general activities as outlined by NYS Education Department regulations for teaching assistants and teacher aides
    3. Increase understanding of evidence-based strategies for supporting students with ASD in educational environments
    4. Recognize the importance of increasing independence and self-advocacy skills in students with ASD
Promoting Successful Transitions from Secondary School to Post-Secondary
School or Employment for Individuals with ASD
  • Register Online! - 1 CTLE Unit Available*
  • Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss differences in regulations/practices governing transition from secondary to post-secondary education and employment
    2. Learn how core deficits and related characteristics of ASD impact successful transition to adulthood
    3. Recognize practices that promote independence and success for transitioning students with ASD
Using Power Cards and Social Behavior Mapping to Support Pro-Social Behavior
  • Register Online! - 1 CTLE Unit Available*
  • Power Cards: a visual aid that incorporates the individual's special interest in teaching appropriate social interactions, including routines, behavior expectations, meaning of language, and the hidden curriculum.
  • Behavior Mapping: a visual flowchart that is used to map the consequences of any behavior in any situation (good or bad), and brings to light the perspectives of everyone affected by the behavior.
  • Following completion of this training, participants will be able to understand how the core and related characteristics of autism related to the need for visual supports and explicit instruction around behavior and social skills.
Executive Functioning Strategies to Keep Individuals with ASD Organized and On-Target
  •  Register Online!- 1.25 CTLE Units Available*
  • Learning Objectives:
    1.  Describe how executive functions impact individuals with autism spectrum disorder
    2. Become familiar with interventions that support executive functioning difficulties
    3. Choose 2-3 supports to create and use at home, in school, or in the community
 Learning Better Ways to Cope: Teaching Individuals with ASD Skills to Replace Challenging Behaviors
  •  Register Online!- 1.5 CTLE Units Available*
  • Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify reasons why it is necessary to teach coping skills to individuals with ASD
    2. Describe different techniques to assist individuals on the spectrum with anxiety and problem-solving difficulties
    3. Identify at least one strategy that could be taught to your child and used in a home and school environment
 Replacing Challenging Behaviors and Improving Quality of Life With Functional Communication Training
  •  Register Online!- 1.25 CTLE Units Available*
  • Learning Objectives:
    1. Define functional communication, challenging behavior, and functionally equivalent alternative behavior.
    2. Describe the process of identifying the function of a behavior.
    3. Identify the steps to teach communication skills through Functional Communication Training.
 Strategies to Motivate Individuals with ASD in the Classroom and at Home
  • Register Online!- 1 CTLE Unit Available*
  • Learning Objectives:
    1.  Gain a better understanding of the theories of motivation in individuals with ASD
    2. Understand reinforcement principles and how the principles are applied for use in motivating individuals with ASD
    3. Recognize evidence-based practice tools for increasing motivation in students with ASD in multiple settings

    *CTLE Units are available for an additional fee.*

    *If possible, please use a personal email address. If you are using an email linked to a public school system's server, the firewall may block your access.


    If you have any questions, please contact Jane Ann Worlock at:

    jworlock@albany.edu or 518-442-2574