Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)
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Basic Skill Sets for Students with Autism or Other Complex Needs

July 19, 2022 at 8:00 am - July 21, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Establishing Basic Skill Sets for Students with Autism or Other Complex Needs:    The focus of this training is for students with autism or other complex needs who present limited or absent communication skills including tact (labeling) and mand (requesting repertoires).  This training will cover conceptual skills, protocols, and methods to teach early social interactions that are necessary to establish basic skillsets for such students. Additionally, assessment and instructional practices related to the use of an object sort process for providing intensive teaching and data collection procedures will be directly taught. Training will also focus on teaching students to Mand/make requests.  Mand is the process by which we teach functional communication in order to get the things they want/need, and, is a critical component of programming for these students. Mands can be taught through sign, vocal speech, and the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  This training will cover the teaching procedures used in formal mand training as well as appropriate data systems.  This training addresses the Kansans Can state goals in the area of social-emotional growth and Kindergarten readiness by building earliest communication skill repertoires.


Training Requirements:

  Three online modules and read two articles prior to training – 4-5 hours

  Coaching support after training


Materials to bring:   2” binder and 8 count tabs; charged laptop or device.  Come with a target student in mind.  


College Credit Opportunity:  You may apply through Friends University for 2.0 credit hours @ $85/credit hour for this training.   Information on requirements and how to enroll can be found in the "Materials" section. 


Lactation Room:  If you require a lactation room during training days, please indicate this in the accommodations section of this registration.   


If you have questions, please contact:  peggyv@tasnatbs.org

Professional development credit or CEUs are available for participants who attend the entire event.  No credit will be provided for partial attendance.

Approved for 18 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, LTS S1318


This event is approved for Learning:  Ace Event  (formerly Type 2) continuing education units for BCaBAs and BCBAs by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

The BACB does not warrant, endorse, sponsor, or approve, or partner with the event, organization, or instructor.  18 CEUs will be awarded for the completion of all requirements. The content for this event is considered intermediate.

There is no fee.  For further information, contact Peggy VonFeldt, peggyv@tasnatbs.org.   


Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives – Participants will:


1. state and demonstrate basic concepts and methods of assessing students with complex needs related to establishing early cooperative responding and instructional control, identifying instructional targets, and promoting response variability.  
2. demonstrate teaching acquisition procedures for establishing cooperative responding and context-controlled responses.
3.  state verbal operants, prompting procedures. errorless teaching procedure and error correction procedure.
4. demonstrate a run-through with object sort, mand, and emerging verbal operant skills utilizing errorless teaching procedures and error correction procedures. 
5. identify the basic steps of a mand trial and the two types of mand transfer trials.
6. demonstrate a mand training session that involves targets.
7. demonstrate mand data collection procedures.
8. demonstrate data collection procedures related to assessment and skill acquisition.
9. use the Function-based Thinking framework to create a plan for reducing problem behavior.
10. create a plan to design a balanced instructional program related to establishing a basic skill set for critical social-communicative behavior. 


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Time July 19, 2022 at 8:00 am - July 21, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Check In at 7:40 A.M.
Format Meet In Person
18.0 Professional Learning Contact Hours
Provider(s) TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports (ATBS)
Contact Peggy VonFeldt
Trainer Karine Gleason, Mary Ellen Hodge, Peggy VonFeldt
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Venue Derby Administration Center 1
550 E Walnut Grove Rd. Derby, KS 67037