5-Day Intensive Summer Training

HANDS in Autism® Week-Long Intensive Training for School Personnel

Join the HANDS in Autism® Team for an intensive training that focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated lab environment. The training is designed for school personnel, community service providers, administrators and consultants working with preK-12 students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities. The training is sponsored, in part, by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

While the program includes traditional instructional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is on increasing participant knowledge and skill towards the process of making effective programming decisions for individuals with ASD and related disorders through hands-on application and coaching.

What makes our training different?

  • Proactive supports, environmental setup, staff engagement, goal setting, skills assessment, teaching and task adaptations that can be immediately applied in in both public and private classroom settings.
  • Hands-on practice within a simulated classroom environment interacting with students on the spectrum.
  • Valuable coaching and feedback provided by staff with extensive experience in diverse classroom and community settings.
  • Evidenced-based approach using data-driven decision-making that leads to solutions that work across settings and disabilities.
  • Online access to foundational evidence-based information about strategies and supports.
  • Continuing Education and Graduation Credits available for participants successfully completing all components of the program (up to 42 contact hours).

Register in 3 easy steps:

  1. Select the training session, you or your staff would like to attend.
    Applications are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Week selection preference will be accommodated to the greatest extent possible. Current availability:
    July 6-10, 2020, July 20-24, 2020
  2. Apply Online: Team training with multiple professionals from the same site has been found helpful for practice and further transfer to the classroom. Consider sending a team!
  3. Complete pre-training online modules that provide foundational information resources and tools that will be actively practiced. You retain access to the information after the end of the online training.


Individual registrations: $1,250 before April 3, 2020; $1,500 after April 3, 2020.

Limited scholarships are available. For more information, contact us at hands@iupui.edu Payment may be made with credit card at time of registration or via invoice with 60 days to pay following event.

Applications can also be submitted by mail, though please allow ample time. Campus mail can cause up to a 3-week delay. All mailed applications must be received in our office by 5:00pm (EST) on the due date. Mail to the following address:

HANDS in Autism
re: Intensive Summer Training Application
1002 Wishard Blvd, Suite 1021, Indianapolis, IN 46202

About HANDS in Autism® Summer Training: What to Expect

Training participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the topics within the HANDS in Autism® framework and curriculum, be exposed to students with autism spectrum disorder in the HANDS in Autism® training classroom (Indianapolis) with the ability to observe and shadow the HANDS in Autism® team working with the students, as well as have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on techniques and approaches introduced in training. Additionally, participants will complete pre-, post- and follow-up training packets as a part of their experience to enable HANDS trainers to best tailor the experience and receive input that will guide current and future trainings.

Intended Audience

The HANDS in Autism® Intensive Training Program is appropriate for school and other community service personnel (teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, consultants, social workers, administrators and other professionals) working in both public and private settings with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders.

Continuing Education and Graduation Credits

Approximately, 42 contact hours will be awarded to those participants who (1) complete the pre-training packet; (2) attend 5 days of training; (3) complete the follow-up training packet. Certificates of completion will be provided for participants to submit in accordance to the guidelines of their particular professional organization.

Participants interested in graduate credits will need to contact HANDS in Autism® (hands@iupui.edu or 317.274.2675) to get the list of applicable universities.

Looking for ways to pay for training opportunities? Consider APPLYING for one of the grants and scholarships.

Learning is important to effectively support individuals with ASD. To make learning accessible for families and professionals, we have created a resource list featuring grants for individuals and also have partial scholarships available with approved applications.

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Download the flyer for the 2020 sessions.