Autism and Behavioural Science
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Interested in working as an instructor therapist in an Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program? This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides you with a firm grounding in the principles and practices of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA); specifically, in the application of ABA to IBI with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The curriculum covers the range of evidence-based practices in autism treatment, the characteristics of ASD, as well as child development and augmentative communication systems.
Graduates of the program work predominantly with children and career opportunities may include ASD treatment teams, school boards, community agencies and family settings.
To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within six years.
Fees & Expenses
Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.
Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.
- Applicants are required to provide proof of successful completion of a two-year Ontario College Diploma (minimum) or equivalent, or an approved diploma or degree program in a related discipline: behavioural science, early childhood education, child and youth worker, developmental services worker, social services worker, sociology, psychology, child studies and education.
- Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either: TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with minimum of 22 in each section OR IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.
- Prior to clinical experience, students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or an Immunization Form. As well, all students are required to provide evidence of approved certification in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention/Intervention as a prerequisite to the Field Placement component of this program. GEN0184 - Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention is offered at the Woodroffe campus in the Fall and Winter semesters. Please contact the coordinator for more information.
Police Records Check Documentation
Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Autism and Behavioural Science program. Agencies that provide placement opprtunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.
Clinical Placement Eligibility
To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies. It is the applicant's responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from the local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by the Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Coordinator.
Note: Field Placements are completed at pre-approved agencies/institutions in consolidated blocks of time in order to meet placement learning outcomes.
Please fill out an application form and return with all supporting documentation to:
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa
ON K2G 1V8
- A grade of at least C- is required in each course in order to be successful in the program.
Please note the following equivalencies:
FAM0040 is equivalent to FAM0015
FAM0041 is equivalent to FAM0016
FAM0045 is equivalent to FAM0018
FAM0046 is equivalent to FAM0019
FAM0049 is equivalent to FAM0023
FAM0044 is equivalent to FAM0017
FAM0047 is equivalent to FAM0020
FAM0048 is equivalent to FAM0021
FAM0051 is equivalent to FAM0024
For more information, please contact Sogol Kafi at email@example.com.
|FAM0015||60.0||Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis|
|FAM0016||42.0||Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)|
|FAM0018||45.0||Working with Families and Teams|
|FAM0019||45.0||Ethics and Professionalism|
|FAM0023||45.0||Specialized Instructional Strategies|
|FAM0017||45.0||Treating Challenging Behaviours|
|FAM0020||60.0||Behavioural Skill Building|
|FAM0021||45.0||Parent and Staff Training|
|FAM0025||140.0||Field Placement I|
|FAM0024||30.0||Transition Planning and Implementation|
|FAM0026||210.0||Field Placement II|
FAM0015 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
This course introduces students to the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which is the basis for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (IBI). In addition to basic terminology, students learn when and how to use these techniques appropriately. Students also learn how to access and interpret journal publications in the field of autism and applied behaviour analysis.
FAM0016 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This course examines the five major syndromes of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS according to their core features and their diagnostic criteria. This course provides an introduction to a neurodevelopmental and behavioural understanding of children with ASD.
FAM0018 Working with Families and Teams
This course presents students with theories, terminology, and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The focus is on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful intensive behavioural intervention. Students develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.
FAM0019 Ethics and Professionalism
This course will introduce the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework. Students will be introduced to professional codes of ethics that are essential for ethical practice. They will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structured exercises and group discussions. This course will provide participant with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BACB guidelines of responsible conduct for a behaviour analyst and the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.
FAM0023 Specialized Instructional Strategies
This course introduces the student to common evidence-based behavioural approaches applied in teaching individuals with autism new skills with an emphasis on strategies for teaching language, academic skills, activities of daily living, play skills, and social skills. Topics will be approached by providing the student with an understanding of the terms used, a description of the teaching techniques characterized in each of the modules (where applicable) and a basic understanding of the conceptual elements motivating the approaches.
Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0018 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045
FAM0017 Treating Challenging Behaviours
The student will be introduced to a variety of procedures used to assess and treat challenging behaviours presented by individuals with autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder. The topics covered will include functional behavioural assessment and functional analysis and scientifically validated techniques for the treatment of challenging behaviours, e.g., stereotypy, pica, aggression, self-injury, etc. Emphases will be placed on ethical considerations such as the utilization of the least intrusive, least restrictive model and effective treatment. Techniques covered will include antecedent control strategies, schedules of reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement strategies, social stories, desensitization procedures, and decelerative procedures.
Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041
FAM0020 Behavioural Skill Building
This course presents a comprehensive review of procedures for choosing and organizing curriculum for students with autism of various ages. A review of basic behaviour principles and teaching strategies is discussed. Emphasis is placed on curriculum development such as the utilization of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS). Curriculum development is discussed with an emphasis on speech and language, social and play skills, personal care skills, and inclusion into less restrictive environments.
Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0023 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0049
Co-requisites: FAM0017 or FAM0044
FAM0021 Parent and Staff Training
This course introduces the student to techniques for training others specifically to implement behaviour change plans (technology transfer). Students will learn and practice techniques for individual and group presentation formats for the training of families or professionals. Students will also learn how to maintain procedural integrity, use performance feedback, evaluate the effects of training, and understand the challenges that may impact before, during and after mediator training. Emphasis will be placed on in-class presentations and role-play practice.
Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0018 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045
Co-requisites: FAM0017 or FAM0044
FAM0025 Field Placement I
This course provides a practical opportunity to demonstrate some of the vocational program standards. The placement consists of 140 consolidated hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. Students develop technical skills through application of their knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. Students also have the opportunity to observe the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques. Students must have Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention training.
Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0018 AND FAM0019 AND FAM0023 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045 AND FAM0046 AND FAM0049
FAM0024 Transition Planning and Implementation
This course prepares the student for assisting in planning and mediating transitions for children with ASD within and across home, school, and community settings. Topics include models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation, understanding differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments, developing collaboration and relationships with parents and professionals, understanding transition practices and relevant legislation, and practice in the use of transition assessment and evaluation tools.
Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0017 AND FAM0018 AND FAM0019 AND FAM0025 or FAM0025 AND FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045 AND FAM0046 AND FAM0049
FAM0026 Field Placement II
This course provides a practical opportunity to demonstrate some of the vocational program standards. The placement consists of 210 consolidated hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. Further technical skills are developed through application of knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. In addition to implementing a further range of treatment plans, students are required to critically evaluate ongoing interventions within the placement. Students continue to have the opportunity to observe and practise the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
Pre-requisites: FAM0017 AND FAM0020 AND FAM0021 AND FAM0025 or FAM0025 AND FAM0044 AND FAM0047 AND FAM0048
Co-requisites: FAM0024 or FAM0051