Distance Education

CARD Albany now offers interactive distance education opportunities for professionals and parents on topics in autism.

CTLE credits are available for purchase for both sessions!

Supporting Students with ASD in the Classroom: 

A Distance Learning Series for Paraprofessionals and their Supervising Teachers

CARD currently offers a series of online sessions targeted to classroom personnel - specifically, teachers and paraprofessionals working with students with ASD. Each online session in the series can be viewed as a stand-alone training or as a sequence in staff development and training. Sessions are offered at no cost and each lasts about 75 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 Sessions have been archived and can be viewed at any time following registration and pre-test completion. Sessions in the series include:

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • 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

  •  Learning Objectives
  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
  •  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
  •  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
  •  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

Registration is required, click here for a registration form!

Completed forms can be submitted via:
Mail: 1535 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
Fax: 518-442-4834
Email: jworlock@albany.edu

Distance Learning Opportunity for Professionals and Parents

Promoting Successful Transitions from Secondary School to Post-Secondary
    School or Employment for Individuals with ASD
  • 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
  • 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.

    Registration is required, click here for a registration form!

    Completed forms can be submitted via:
    Mail: 1535 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
    Fax: 518-442-4834
    Email: jworlock@albany.edu

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

    jworlock@albany.edu or 518-442-2574