Special Ed: Effective and Significant Approaches


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Course Description

This course presents educational approaches that are effective in establishing high rates of learning, building self-regulation skills, and increasing prospects for self-determination for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Since many of the lessons and assignments are to be completed with children and youth in school settings, students interested in enrolling in this course must have access to the classroom. 

By the end of the course, the student will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to:
A. Basic Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis Instruction
B. Early Speaker Behavior
C. Curriculum for Establishing Listener Repertoires
D. Behavior Increase and Decreased Principles E. Measurement
F. Teachers as Scientific Decision Makers
G. Self-Regulation
H. Assessment of Self-Regulation
I. Monitoring Adaptive Responding
J. Teaching Choice-Making and Problems Solving during Self-Regulation
K. Self-Determination
L. What is Self-Determination?
M. Assessing Self-Determination
N. Teaching Self-determination Skills
O. Opportunities for Self-Determination
P. Encouraging Self-Determination in Daily Living.


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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Unit 1: Overview of Significant & Effective Approaches

This unit presents the outline for significant and effective approaches. 0 Total Points
  • Review Practice Worksheet: Syllabusfor201.html

Unit 2.0 Basic Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis Instruction

This unit describes the use of applied behavior analysis procedures to provide instruction to students with autism spectrum disorders 15 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 2.0 Assignment: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

Unit 2.1: Early Speaker Behavior

Provides an introduction to the instructional tactics that have proven to be effective in establishing speaker behavior in non-verbal students with autism spectrum disorders. 20 Total Points
  • Review 3 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete: Unit 2.1 Assignment

Unit 2.2: Curriculum for Establishing Listener Repertoires

Describes curriculum for listener behavior. 20 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 2.2 Assignment

Unit 2.3 Behavior Increase and Decrease Principles Used in Applied Behavior Analysis

Describes the principles that control the increase and decrease of behavior. 10 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 2.3 Assignment

Unit 2.4: Measurement

Describes measurement systems used in ABA. 25 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 2.4 Assignment

Unit 2.5: Teachers as Scientific Decision Makers

Describes how to graph data of student behavior and determine where and when to make decisions to improve outcomes. 92 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 2.5 Assignment
  • Complete: Unit 2.0 Quiz- Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

Unit 3.0 Self-Regulation

Explains why it is important for students with autism spectrum disorders to learn to self-regulate. 15 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 3.0 Assignment

3.1: Assessing Self-Regulation

Describes methods of assessing students' use of self-regulation strategies. 10 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 3.1 Assignment

3.2: Monitoring Adaptive Responding

Describes approaches to tracking the effects of self-regulation on students' adaptations to situations involving learning and performance 20 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 3.2 Assignment

3.3: Teaching Choice-Making and Problem-Solving during Self-Regulation

Describes instructional approaches on how to teach choice-making skills and use of cue cards to self-regulate during learning and performance situations. 90 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 3.3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Unit 3.0 Self-Regulation

Unit 4.0 Self-Determination

Overview of Self-Determination 0 Total Points

4.1: What is Self-Determination?

Provides and overview of self-determination, how it is defined, and how those definitions are useful in education. 1 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 4.1 Assignment

4.2: Assessing Self-Determination

Methods of assessing the self-determination of children and youth with disabilities 1 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 4.2 Assignment

4.3: Teaching Self-Determination Skills

Describes different approaches to teaching students to be self-determined. 2 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 4.3: Assignment

4.4: Opportunities for Self-Determination

Covers the circumstances that encourage and support self-determined behavior. 2 Total Points
  • Complete: Unit 4.4 Assignment

4.5: Encouraging Self-Determination in Daily Living

Provides guidelines for encouraging self-determination during the routine activities of daily living. 91 Total Points
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Unit 4.0: Self-Determination
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define basic concepts of applied behavior analysis instruction.
  • Describe early speaker behavior.
  • Describe curriculum for establishing listener repertoires:..
  • Know behavior increase and decrease principles used in applied behavior analysis.
  • Describe teachers as scientific decision makers.
  • Define self-regulation.
  • Describe assessing self-regulation.
  • Know monitoring adaptive responding.
  • Describe teaching choice-making and problem-solving during self-regulation.
  • Define self-determination.
  • Describe assessing self-determination, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.