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**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901417

2 Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Strategies to Increase Communication Skills in Children with Autism

The ultimate success of a treatment program for children with autism is one that maximizes the development of their communication skills. This workshop addresses four essential tenets of communication skills intervention: family focused assessment, clarity of goals, strategies to increase communication in children with speech and children who are nonspeaking, and careful documentation of progress. Case studies are used to explain the intervention process. Practical solutions to common obstacles are highlighted.

Dates:2 and 3 Sep 2024 (Mon and Tue)
Time:8.30am – 12.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Professor Kathleen Quill

Dr. Kathleen Quill, BCBA-D (www.autisminstitute.net) provides professional and family support to improve the quality of intervention to children and adolescents with autism. She is a licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA- D), developmental psycholinguist, adjunct professor in the graduate program for Autism and ABA at Endicott College, MA, and a bestselling author and advocate.

Dr. Quill lectures internationally on contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), innovations in assessment and program planning for social and communication development, and meaningful intervention for challenging and complex behavior. Dr. Quill is the editor of the seminal text Teaching children with autism: Strategies to enhance communication and socialization. (Delmar Publishers, 1995); and author of the bestseller DO-WATCH-LISTEN-SAY: Social and communication intervention for individuals with autism (Brookes Publishing, 2000; 2nd edition, 2017), both translated into 10 languages. Kathleen authors e-learning courses on social, language, and communication and was principal author of AutismPro (2004), the first online system that delivered assessment, curriculum and resources to home-based providers and families. Her current work focuses on Intervention for Repetitive and Restricted Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder (text in development).

Kathy is on the editorial board for Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and is a member of the Professional Panel of Advisors for the Autism Society of America (ASA), serving as co-chair of the ASA commission on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Course Outline (Equal time is devoted to each sub‐topic)
  1. Overview of the communication learning differences in autism
  2. Family Focused Assessment of Communication Skills: A case study
  3. Identifying obstacles to acquiring communication: A case study
  4. Developing a Communication Intervention Plan: A case study
  5. Strategies to increase beginning communication skills: A case study
  6. Use of Augmentative Communication for non-speaking children: Case studies
  7. Strategies to expand communication skills: A case study
  8. Monitoring progress in communication skills: the importance of generalization data
Course Objectives

On completion of the webinar, participants will understand how to:

  1. The communication learning differences in autism
  2. How to complete a Family Focused Assessment of Communication Skills
  3. How to Identify obstacles to acquiring functional communication
  4. How to Develop a Communication Intervention Plan
  5. How to use contemporary ABA to teach beginning communication skills
  6. How to use Augmentative Communication to build communication
  7. How to use contemporary ABA to expand communication skills across all settings
  8. How to monitor communication progress and collect generalization data
Who Can Benefit?

Health and educational professionals who support children autism spectrum disorder (ASD All Levels) as part of their practice, including Special Needs Teachers and Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Clinical and Developmental Psychologists

Course Fees & Closing Dates

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901417

  1. UTAP funding is only applicable to NTUC union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above; this will apply from 9 January 2024 to 31 March 2025) each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP. This excludes SkillsFuture Credit utilisation and other government subsidies.
  2. Union Members Eligibility for UTAP Application (https://www.ntuc.org.sg/skillsupgrade)
    1. Union member must commence the course within UTAP approved period.
    2. Union member must achieve minimum attendance (75%) for the course based on existing Government regulations and sit for all prescribed examination(s) if any.
    3. Union member must submit claims via UTAP system within 6 months after course completion.
    4. Union member must not claim full funding through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
    5. Union member must have paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout the entire course duration and at the point of claim.
  3. Should trainees have queries on the UTAP funding scheme, they can email to UTAP@e2i.com.sg or use the Live Chat function to enquire on membership matters
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
30 Jun 2024 300
Normal Till Full 350