2-Day Virtual POPARD Super Workshop
October 21 & 22, 2021 9am-3pm
Understanding Challenging Behaviour
The characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often manifest in challenging behaviour, causing school support personnel much distress as they struggle to understand and address the behaviors. Thankfully, there is a large evidence-base of effective instructional strategies to support positive behaviour in children and teens with ASD. This 2-day introductory super-workshop will prepare you to answer questions such as: For what reasons does challenging behaviour occur? How can I find out why my student is engaging in such behaviour? How can I limit the likelihood of challenging behaviour, both before it has occurred and after? Participants will walk away having learned how to begin planning to make improvements in the challenging behaviour displayed by students.
Participants will:
  • Understand the terms behaviour and challenging behaviour
  • Identify examples and non-examples of behaviours
  • Develop operational definitions of target behaviours
  • Understand how the environment influences challenging behaviour
  • Identify examples of antecedents, behaviours, and consequences from descriptions of challenging behaviour
  • Differentiate between setting events and antecedents
  • List the four main functions that behaviours serve and understand why it is important to determine the function prior to intervention
  • Discuss how to use ABC data collection to determine the function of behaviour
  • Give examples of class-wide and individual antecedent and reinforcement strategies
  • Practice adapting a task for an individual student
  • Use an intervention plan template to create an antecedent intervention for a student they know
  • Create a plan for a token economy for an individual student or classroom
  • Define replacement behaviours and identify appropriate skills to teach using case studies
  • Discriminate between punishment and extinction
  • Discuss the pitfalls of using punishment procedures
  • Develop datasheets using a case study
  • Identify the components of a competing pathway diagram
  • Develop a competing pathway diagram, identify appropriate interventions, and detail the components of the interventions
Audience: This training is directed toward employees of BC school districts and independent schools. This includes teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educational staff supporting students with ASD at any grade level (K-12) in developing their social, academic, and adaptive skills.


October 21 - 22, 2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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About this Workshop
  • Participants will attend this training virtually via Zoom (go to Zoom's Download Page or click here to learn more about Zoom)
  • To use Zoom, you'll need a reliable internet connection and a device equipped with a webcam and microphone (laptop / computer are recommended; tablets and mobile phones may be used, but smaller screens may make viewing challenging) 
  • The Zoom link and workshop materials will be e-mailed to you a few days prior to the workshop
  • Participants are expected to attend both days of the workshop (certificate will only be issued if both days have been attended)
  • 40 seats are available (no waitlist) and registration closes at 9am on Oct 19, 2021
Super Workshop Fees, Cancellations & Refunds
  • Workshop Fees for all partipants: $25, payable upon registration  
  • Cancellations: Please email training_lib@autismoutreach.ca if you need to cancel
  • Refunds: The fee is refundable if written notice of cancellation (via email to training_lib@autismoutreach.ca) is received at least 3 weeks prior to start of the workshop
  • Registrations are non-transferable
POPARD's English Language Policy
Please note that proficiency in English language is required for POPARD training. You must be able to speak/listen and read/write English to a standard equivalent to Grade 10 high school English or better. View all of our training policies and terms here.

*Choose your registration type, select '1' in the Quantity box, then click Continue.*
Registration     Price Quantity

VIRTUAL Understanding Challenging Behaviour Super Workshop: Oct 21 &   
22, 2021 9am-3pm

BC School Employee Rate     C$25.00
Parent/Guardian of child with ASD attending   
K-12 BC school
Others interested in ASD - limited seats     C$25.00

If this training shows SOLD OUT we do NOT keep waitlists.

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