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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Aversive Treatment Procedures - A Review of the OPI Rule (virtual training)

November 2     2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

This training will review the use of aversive treatment procedures in public schools, which is governed by ARM 10.16.3346. This is training on the rule and not on how to write aversive treatment plans.


The training will discuss the following requirements of the rule: 


1.  The requirements for conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and positive behavior interventions before aversive procedures can be implemented; 

2.  When physical restraint is/is not an aversive treatment procedure; 

3.  The definitions of isolation time-out and what is/is not isolation time-out; 

4.  Prohibited procedures; 

5.  The requirements of a behavior intervention plan using aversive treatment procedures;

6.  Parental consent for the use of aversive treatment procedures; and

7.  Requirements for notifying parents when aversive treatment procedures are used.


You can register for the training here


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

October 20, 2022     8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  (virtual training)


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.


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.

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

You can register here. 


This training will be repeated on March 1, 2023



Monday, September 19, 2022

STAR Training

Billings   December 12-13, 2022    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This comprehensive two-day workshop provides participants with detailed examples and practice activities on how to implement the evidence-based practices.

Detailed information on the three evidenced-based instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching through functional routines are shared. 

Participants will learn how to implement these strategies through structured lesson plans and a curriculum scope and sequence. The workshop will include extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making. 

Twelve OPI renewal units are available for this training. Training attendance is limited to 35 people. 

You can find more information and register for the training here


Friday, September 16, 2022

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 December 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

You can register here for up to three trainings. 


iPad Boot Camp

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. 

You can register here

 

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

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.


Moving Forward with LAMP (virtual training)

 January 11, 2023   8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

January 18, 2023   8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

April 28, 2023   8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

This course is designed to further the communication partner’s ability to implement the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning approach at different language stages and across environments. The language structure of the LAMP Words for Life language system and use of device features to support language learning will be explored. The presenter will cover a variety of strategies and supports to support language development such as expanding vocabulary in natural environments, modeling, teaching the motor plan, and how to use aided language input. Previous attendance at a Language Acquisition through Motor Planning course is required.

Three OPI renewal units are available for this training. 

You can register here


LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) (virtual training)

January 12, 2023     8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

April 21, 2023     8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through a speech generating device. 

This course will cover the components of LAMP: readiness to learn, engaging the learner through joint engagement, and learning language through a unique and consistent motor plan paired with an auditory signal and a natural consequence. Discussion will include how this approach addresses the core language deficits of autism, device features that are beneficial to teaching language, and how to use those features to implement LAMP components. Videos will be used to illustrate the treatment components. (LAMP web page)

Five OPI renewal units and .5 ASHA CEUs are available for this training. 

You can register here

Make Stuff and Love People (virtual training)

December 5, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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. 


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.



Teaching Critical Communication Skills - Great Falls

 Great Falls   November 29, 2022     8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You will learn how to teach critical communication skills that lead to greater independence in the home, work, school and community settings. We review nine specific skills: requesting reinforcers, requesting help, requesting a break, indicating yes and no, waiting, following directions, schedule-following and transitioning. Through lecture, demonstrations, video and participatory activities, you will acquire specific teaching strategies that are relevant for anyone who has limited communication skills, regardless of their communicative modality (e.g., Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS], signing, device use, speech).   (course description)

Attendance is limited to 40 people. 

You can find more information and register here


PECS Level 1 - Billings // Bozeman

Billings   November 8-9     8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bozeman    January 10-11 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Individuals who are nonverbal or have limited speech need a communication system they can start using right now. PECS provides an immediately useful method for requesting things, actions and people, in a way that requires and promotes social interaction. Using the principles of applied behavior analysis, PECS starts by teaching spontaneous requesting and as quickly as possible, moves on to responding to questions as well as commenting about things in the environment.

Fourteen OPI renewal units are available for this training. Attendance is limited to 40 people. 

You can find more information and register here