This course establishes the foundations for employing positive approaches in the treatment of people with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders by covering the principles of equal opportunity and self-determination and their relationship to self-determined learning. This basis leads to prescriptions for self-determined learning and positive behaviors.
The course covers:
(a) approaches for dealing with challenging behavior (functional; behavior assessments; positive behaviors supports, and supportive instructional environments),
(b) instruction methods (teaching self-regulation of inappropriate behavior, social behavior, and play; and the teaching of generalized self-regulation of independent work);
(c) principles of curriculum design;
(d) curriculum guides for self-determined learning (schedule following and self-monitoring; and self-regulation and self-determined learning);
(e) school to work transition (generalization and adjustments during transition, transition programming, student-directed IEPs;
(f) supported work (assessing workplace interests and opportunities, assessing and teaching cue-card use at work; teaching problem solving for adjustments at work; and
(g) evaluation methods (daily progress evaluation; evaluations of self-determined learning, assessments of self-determination).