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Autism and Behavioural Science (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1260
School:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This program addresses the field of autism and behavioural science specifically the syndromes associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, for children across various contexts including the home and school environments. Students will examine, apply, and evaluate current theories, practices and treatment methodologies used to treat ASD, and incorporate modified practices and procedures appropriate to the child and the situation. The program emphasizes the design and implementation of effective behavioural treatment plans. Working within a team environment, and with families are key elements of the program. The foundations of ethical thinking, professional codes of ethics and the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision making within a behavioural framework are introduced. Students will work within interdisciplinary teams, and families.

Program Information

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

Training in Autism and Behavioural Science will enhance staff in industries such as School Boards, Community Treatment Agencies, Hospital/Clinical Settings, Private Agencies or Independent Contractors as an Instructor Therapist or Behaviour Therapist.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
EDUC8000 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
Description: Students will be introduced to the principles of applied behavioural 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 behavioural analysis.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8010 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Description: Students will learn about the neurodevelopmental and behavioural aspects of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, previously labelled as five different syndromes under the Autism Spectrum Disorder umbrella. Students will learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnostics tools, research-based interventions, and will cover Autism Spectrum Disorder from birth to adulthood.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8020 Specialized Instructional Strategies
Description: 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.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8030 Working with Families and Teams
Description: This course presents students with theories, terminology, and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The focus will be on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful intensive behavioural intervention. Students will develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8040 Ethics and Professionalism
Description: Students will be introduced to the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different approaches and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework. Students will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structures exercises and group discussions. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8050 Field Placement I
Description: Field Placement I will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the prerequisite and co requisite subjects. The placement consists of 140 hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. The student will develop technical skills through the application of their knowledge and have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
Hours: 140
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320, EDUC8040 or EDUC8240, EDUC8000 or EDUC8200, EDUC8010 or EDUC8210, EDUC8020 or EDUC8220, EDUC8030 or EDUC8230
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8065 Behavioural Skill Building
Description: This course presents students with theories, terminology, and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The focus is on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful intensive behavioural intervention. Students develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: EDUC8000, EDUC8200, EDUC8210, EDUC8010
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8070 Parent and Staff Training
Description: Students will be introduced to techniques for training others specifically to implement behavior change plans. They 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 of performance feedback, evaluate the effects of training and understand the challenges that may impact before during and after mediator training.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: EDUC8000, EDUC8010, EDUC8200, EDUC8210, EDUC8230, EDUC8030
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8080 Treating Challenging Behaviours
Description: Students 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., stereotypy, pica, aggression, self-injury, etc. Emphases 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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: EDUC8010, EDUC8020, EDUC8030, EDUC8040, EDUC8210, EDUC8220, EDUC8230, EDUC8240
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8090 Transition Planning and Implementation
Description: Students will be prepared to assist in planning and mediating transitions for children with ASD within and across home, school and community settings. Topics will include models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation, understanding differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments, developing collaboration and relationship with parents and professionals, understanding transition practices and relevant legislation and practice in the use of transition assessment and evaluation tools.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: EDUC8000, EDUC8010, EDUC8040, EDUC8200, EDUC8210, EDUC8230, EDUC8240, EDUC8280, EDUC8030, EDUC8080
CoRequisites:
Closed
EDUC8100 Field Placement II
Description: Field Placement II will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the pre-requisite and co-requisite subjects. The placement consists of 210 hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. The students will further develop their technical skills through application of their knowledge and have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
Hours: 210
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites: EDUC8070, EDUC8260, EDUC8270, FPLT8100, EDUC8050, OHS1320, EDUC8065
CoRequisites:
Closed
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Shirley Nequest, snequest@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 3759

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