Written by: Danielle Kessinger, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA Challenging behavior can be described as an individual’s…
Continuing education and professional development foster engagement and drive results. In order to improve the quality of direct services and advance systems level work, we offer everything from embedded coaching and public training to virtual learning and an annual conference. All of these offerings aim to increase awareness, enhance knowledge and evolve practices.
Due to COVID-19, all in-person trainings have been put on hold.
This program offers a new, progressive approach to teaching clinical professionals to diagnose autism using Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). We recognize that confidence and expertise come from practice and experience, so in addition to a three-day workshop, this program includes three follow-up coaching sessions, live webinars and peer support.
ADOS-2 is the latest version of what was already considered the gold standard for observational assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You can use ADOS-2 to evaluate almost anyone suspected of having ASD, from non-verbal toddlers to verbally fluent adults. Because of the hands-on, interactive nature of these workshops, participation is limited.
We know that in order to achieve large-scale systems change, organizations must not only build, but also sustain, their capacity to serve. Training is key to that effort, but it shouldn’t be confined to the classroom.
We help organizations perform better with embedded coaching. After conducting a thorough needs assessment, we identify strengths and gaps, establish goals, and work with you to create a strategic plan to help you reach those goals. To that end, we deploy coaches from our staff to educate, train and support your staff in their environment. The coaches use a teams and systems approach for every aspect of program and staff development.
Throughout the year we offer a variety of open enrollment learning experiences. Most of these sessions allow you to earn continuing education units (CEUs).
We can also train your entire team on evidence-based support strategies for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and Positive Behavior Support. We offer standard courses and can also create custom learning experiences. If we don’t have the training expertise you need, we’ll connect you to someone who does.
We offer support to professionals who are interested in becoming certified in behavior analysis. Research shows that ABA is an effective treatment, so it is referred to as being “evidence-based.” ABA works for children, adolescents and adults. ABA uses techniques and principles such as reinforcement to address socially important problems and effect meaningful behavior change.
There are three levels of certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):
Each certification level requires a specific amount of coursework and supervision to sit for the certification exam. To learn more about this process, visit the “Become Certified” page of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BCBA) website. To find colleges and universities offering ABA coursework near you or to explore remote learning (“distance education”) opportunities, visit the “Verified Course Sequences page of the BCBA website.
CA can also provide supervision required for certification.
Shared Service Alliances are membership organizations that allow childcare providers to share back-office services such as accounting and human resources. The goal of Shared Service Alliances is to enable educators to focus more on high-quality childcare and instruction by focusing less on business functions. Doing so helps them save time, effort and money that they can redirect to employee salaries and benefits, professional training, classroom supplies, etc. The back-office functions Shared Service Alliance offer may include:
We customize membership packages and prices based on the scope of shared services you choose to use. Over time, your membership in the alliance dramatically lowers your administrative and overhead expenses. So, ultimately, the cost of a membership will be lower than the cost of your own staff providing these same business functions. Alliance members also do a better job of keeping their programs fully enrolled and collect more revenue.
Alliance participation is open to legally operating licensed (or licensing-exempted) childcare programs that share a commitment to the mission and vision of shared service alliances. We currently offer two shared service alliances in Virginia: Richmond Area Shared Service Alliance (RASA) and Hampton Roads Shared Service Alliance (HRSSA).
We’ve partnered with No Wrong Door Virginia, a statewide network of shared resources that streamlines access to long-term services and supports, to create our resource directory. To learn more about this statewide network, visit the No Wrong Door website Our Autism Resource Database includes everything from camps for children with ASD to training opportunities for ABAs.
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