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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Challenging Behavior: How To Prevent, Reduce and Replace - A One Day In-person or Virtual Training

Havre - June 6, 2023    Register here. 

Virtual - June 8, 2023   Register here. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Review the basic ABA principles
  • Identify the elements to creating effective learning environments: The Pyramid Approach to Education
  • Identify behaviors requiring intervention
  • Identify the functional control of the behavior
  • Develop a behavior plan
  • Identify how to assess the effectiveness of an intervention

This virtual and in-person trainings will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seven OPI renewal units are available for each training. 


Past 2022-2023 trainings

Virtual - February 21, 2023 - Registration closed.

Missoula (in-person) - November 17, 2022

Kalispell (in-person) - November 16, 2022

Glendive (in-person) - November 7, 2022

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

MonTECH Assistive Technology Training Series 2022-23 (virtual training)

Each month we will feature a different assistive technology (AT) training from MonTECH. These virtual trainings will be from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Two OPI renewal units will be provided for each training. Registration will open for each training ~ 30 days prior. 

You can register for upcoming trainings here


February 21: Setting Yourself Up For Success with Communication

If you’re new to working with students who use communication devices, then this is the training for you! First, we’ll review some basic principles of AAC so you feel confident supporting your students. Next, we will discuss different features of the device, including access options, and talk about how to get buy-in from the whole team. Throughout the training, we’ll highlight how to keep communication fun and engaging.


March 21: Communication Supports Part 1 (emphasis on low-tech devices)

This session will focus on beginner communication devices and tools that lead to learning about cause and effect. This class is great for anyone new to communication, someone is working with students with more complex needs, and anyone new to the concept of back-and-forth communication. 


April 18: Communication Supports Part 2  (emphasis on high tech/apps)

We will be discussing communication apps and when and how to use them. We will compare different apps and the features of each. We will also discuss feature matching a student to an app or device. 




Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Executive Functioning: Skills That Make a Big Difference for Children (virtual training from Western Montana CSPD)


With Stephanie Lester

Jan. 23-24 &  February 6th, 2023 

virtual 4pm to 6:30 pm


Effectively guiding children is a BIG part of every educator’s day! The principles of guidance will be presented along with practical classroom management strategies that create and sustain a positive classroom environment. The functions of behavior, strategies, and action steps to addressing inappropriate behaviors will be shared. Real life scenarios will be discussed, and practical applications shared
. (7.5 OPI Renewal Units)

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

ADOS Refresher - January 26, 2023 (virtual training)

 January 26     9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This is a one-day review of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale complete with scoring practice and practical question review. This training is available only for Montana public school educators who have previously completed a two-day ADOS administration training. 

Six OPI renewal units are available for this training. 


Sunday, December 18, 2022

Birds and the Bees: Hygiene, Puberty & Safety for Youth with ASD or Other Developmental Disorders (virtual training)

March 1, 2023     8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  (virtual training)

"You can tell she knows about the subject matter."

"This is one of the best trainings I have attended!"

"This is was eye opening & very informative with examples that are actually helpful!"

"I feel more comfortable working with my students. I also appreciate the resources that she recommended!"


With up to 80% of individuals with disabilities reportedly becoming the victims of sexual/physical abuse or crimes by the time they reach adulthood, the topics of hygiene, puberty, and sexual development are imperative to safety. Unfortunately, these topics are often overlooked. Strategies for teaching hygiene, puberty, and sexual development with an emphasis on safety will be discussed.

*Learners will be able to articulate the importance of hygiene related to socialization and strategies to help teach and maintain good hygiene and related behaviors in their students with disabilities.

*Learners will be able to articulate the challenges that their students with disabilities may face in puberty as compared to typically-developing students.

*Learners will be able to articulate the significance of sexual development in their students with disabilities as well as strategies for teaching sexual development to these students.

*Learners will be able to articulate the importance of teaching hygiene, puberty, and sexual development as it relates to personal safety. They will be able to implement strategies to maintain the personal safety of their students.

*Learners will be able to identify strategies for working with parents of their students with disabilities that promote the best interest of the student through open conversations and collaboration.


Six OPI renewal units will be available for this training. The training will not be recorded. 

You can register here. 


About the Presenter: Natalie T. Montfort, PhD - Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and her Master of Arts Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She has worked with children and young adults with ASD since 2002 and has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (with children, adolescents, and adults), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relationship Development Intervention, Social Thinking, behavior modification (including Applied Behavior Analysis), and educational assessment.






Saturday, December 17, 2022

Dr. Jennifer Schoffer Closson - virtual trainings 2022-2023

Registration for each training will open ~30 days prior. Descriptions of each training are below the schedule. 


February 10 9-10:30 Girls with Autism 

     (register here)


February 17 9-12:15 Stop Behavior Before it Starts

     (register here)


March 10 9-10:30 Using EBPs To Teach Safety Skills 

     (register here)


March 31 9-12:15 Breaking Down Executive Functioning Skills

     (register here)


April 7 9-10:30 Educating Parents and Peers about Autism  

     (register here)


April 14 9-12:15 Neurodiversity Makes Life Better 

     (register here)


May 19th 9-10:30 Understanding Brain Differences in Autism  

     (register here)


May 26 9-12:15         Evidence-Based Practices for ASD

     (register here)

 

June 12 9-12:15 & 1:00-2:30

Stop Behavior Before it Starts // Girls with Autism 


June 13 9-12:15 & 1:00-2:30

Breaking Down Executive Functioning Skills // Using Evidence-Based Practices To Teach Safety Skills 


June 14 9-12:15 & 1:00-2:30

Neurodiversity Makes Life Better // Educating Parents and Peers                about Autism  


June 15 9-12:15 & 1:00-2:30

Highest Rated 3 hour // Highest rated 1.5 hour


OPI renewal units will be available for each training. These trainings will not be recorded


Dr. Jennifer Schoffer Closson CCC-SLP is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences Department.  Jennifer has presented locally and nationally about autism, clinical SLP education, and secondary transition.  Having spent 15 years in public schools and private practice, she is passionate about education. 


Training Descriptions

Breaking Down Executive Functioning Skills   3 hours

Learn how to assess Executive Functioning, identify needs, and teach in a way that supports your students.  This training will review goal writing and how to work within the learner’s current demands.

Evidence-Based Practice for Autism Spectrum Disorder   3 hours

This training will cover some of the most common used Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) and how to implement them with students.

Stop Behavior Before it Starts   3 hours

Antecedent Intervention is one of the most effective ways to manage challenging behavior.  Learn how to identify the function of the behavior, make changes to avoid maladaptive behavior, and implement replacement behavior.

Neurodiversity Makes Life Better (focus on teenage students)   3 hours

This training will explain what neurodiversity is, the strengths it brings to students, educators and schools, and why it is an essential part of a better life for all. Participants will gain an understanding of neurodiversity as a whole, how to negotiate challenging situations, solutions for executive functioning deficits, and communication strategies that meet the needs of everyone. 


Brain Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder   1.5 hours

In this 90 minute virtual training, learn about the brain structure, the difference in autism, and how this portrays itself.  Understanding brains with autism creates better interventions.

Using Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) To Teach Safety Skills   1.5 hours

Safety is priority.  Learn how to use different EBPs to teach your students safety information and strategies.

Girls with Autism   1.5 hours

Girls with autism present differently and experience unique challenges.  Learn about girls with autism and what their supports can look like.

Educating Parents and Peers about Autism   1.5 hours

Helping parents and peers understand autism spectrum can be challenging.  Learn some key phrases and analogies to explain autism spectrum disorder and intervention approaches.


Sunday, December 11, 2022

New!! Trainings from Social Thinking (virtual trainings)

The OPI Montana Autism Education Project has a limited number of scholarships for Montana public school educators to attend online Social Thinking Trainings. These are recorded trainings and we therefore cannot offer OPI renewal units. ASHA CEUs are available from Social Thinking. Access to these trainings will be available through March 31st.

Trainings Offered: (descriptions can be found here)

What’s Alexithymia? and How Does It Affect Emotional Regulation and Awareness?

Implementing Social Thinking® School-wide: Bringing the Concepts into Classrooms & Beyond

5 Critical Life Skills for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults

Small Talk & Conversations: Strategies to Demystify Conversational Complexities

What’s a Friend, and Do I Really Need Friends? (Tips & Strategies to Make and Keep Friends, Unpack Social Dislikes & Manage Social Anxiety)

What’s It Mean to “Behave”?  (Tips, Tools & Strategies for Teaching Students Self-Regulation)

Raising an Organized Child: Strategies to Promote Executive Functions

New!! - Strategies for Expanding Social Emotional Learning in Emerging Social Communicators

New!! - Understanding and Supporting the Social Emotional Learning needs of Challenged Social Communicators

New!! - Part 1: The Social World: Practical Vocabulary and Concepts for Teaching How It Works

New!! - Part 2: Strategies and Concepts for How to Navigate to Regulate in the Social World

New!! - Helping Students Gain Perspective on Their Emotions  

You can register here for up to three trainings. 


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Autism: See the Potential



This video, which features the incredible Michael McCreary, is a wonderful introduction to autism spectrum disorder. The video was created to support customer service professionals when they provide services or support to people with ASD; however the positive response from the general public has been overwhelming. This video is so accessible and entertaining, it offers something for everyone.

View the video here. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

iPad Boot Camp

REGRETFULLY, BOTH TRAININGS BELOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A LACK OF REGISTRATIONS. 

We are working with the training provider to see if we can re-schedule to a summer training in different cities. 

Billings   February 27/28, 2023   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Bozeman    March 1/2, 2023   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Discover what is new in the world of awesome apps, adaptations and accessories. 

This is our highest-rated training ever! Quotes from previous attendees: "Great visuals, videos and hands-on!"  "I loved how practical this was."  "It was an awesome workshop. I absolutely loved it. Therese has a great sense of humor and is fun to listen to!"

Twelve OPI renewal units are available for this training. Attendance is limited to 50 people. Attendees must bring an iPad for which they have the ability to add apps or other software. 

 

Day 1

The awesome iPad and it’s many features to support students with disabilities

Resources for finding appropriate apps for specific functional limitations

There is an app for that—feature mapping and finding appropriate apps

Create access solutions for the iPad for vision impairments—tactile overlays

Build a multi-use iPad holder

Creating and using a scan and read station for the iPad for students with print disabilities

Creating access solutions for physical impairments

And . . .  on the first day of the boot camp you will be making seven different iPAD supporting devices to take home. The seven devices that they would be making include: a multi-use iPad Holder; an Adapted Stylus; a Tactile Overlay for iPADs for Blind; a multi-use vertical iPAD holder for Low Vision; an iPAD Flipper for the Deaf; an iPAD enhancer for Hard of Hearing; and an iPAD Scan and read station for learning disabilities and print disabilities. 

Day 2

101 Uses for the iPad camera to support students with disabilities

Explore 10 ways to Interact with the iPad without ever touching the device – using voice, geo fencing, switch access

Creating access solutions for students with communication impairments

Apps and executive function impairments

Apps and adaptations for deaf and hard of hearing

Apps for self-regulation and relaxation

iPad access when using a wheelchair, table, floor, car or bed to accommodate for physical limitations


Therese Willkomm, PhD, ATP, is currently the director of the New Hampshire statewide assistive technology program with the Institute on Disability and a clinical associate professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has been engaged in providing and managing assistive technology services for over 28 years in the areas of home, school, and worksite modifications for persons with disabilities. She is known nationally and internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology.” She has invented over 600 different Assistive Technology solutions including 50 different iPad solutions.


Make Stuff and Love People (virtual training)

December 5, 2022 Registration has closed.

March 29, 2023    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thousands of “low-cost high touch” solutions can be made in five minutes or less to support students with disabilities in achieving educational success. This one-day workshop will discuss and demonstrate over 100 different solutions that can be made for reading, writing, communicating, sensory and self-regulation, and life skills and transition. Explore over 50 different tools, materials, and techniques for quick solution creations. 

You can register hereAttendance is limited to 50 people. Six OPI renewal units will be provided for this training.


Therese Willkomm, PhD, ATP, is currently the director of the New Hampshire statewide assistive technology program with the Institute on Disability and a clinical associate professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has been engaged in providing and managing assistive technology services for over 28 years in the areas of home, school, and worksite modifications for persons with disabilities. She is known nationally and internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology.” She has invented over 600 different Assistive Technology solutions including 50 different iPad solutions.