5-Day Intensive Training for School Personnel

HANDS in Autism HOUSE Model
HANDS HOUSE Model

Join the HANDS in Autism® Team for an intensive training focused on innovative, interactive experiences and coaching in a special ed/general ed classroom (preK-12). Training days consist of a combination of independent and group learning opportunities enhanced by simulated and live practice of skills and strategies with students with ASD allowing for ongoing modeling, coaching, feedback and mentoring from HANDS trainers. With an emphasis on building increased knowledge and skill in the process of making appropriate programming decisions for each student, classroom, and/or intervention team, training topics build successively across each day using the HANDS in Autism® Model Training Curriculum, Framework and Process.

During the training, we will cover all the topics of the HANDS in Autism Model!

  • Building the Environment: Physical and Visual Structure, incl. Schedules and Work Systems; and Choreography
  • Assessment: Educational and Behavioral Assessment, Systematic Data Collection
  • Setting Goals: Goal Development & Writing; Ongoing Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Teaching: Skills Teaching, Tasks and Adaptations
  • Generalizing: Maintenance, Team Collaboration, Community & Cultural Considerations

NEW in 2022!

As busy professionals, you need flexibility as to when and how you can develop your professional skills. With the new training structure offered by HANDS in Autism®, you can select from meeting online ONCE A WEEK + INDEPENDENT STUDY TIME (3-6 days total) to scheduling one SINGLE WEEK of intensive training online and/or onsite (3-5 full days).

Synchronous Session I (once a week):Session II (5 consecutive days):
DAY 1*: Fri June 17 | 1-4pm EST
DAY 2*: Fri June 24 | 1-4pm EST
DAY 3*: Fri July 1 | 1-4pm EST
DAY 4*: Fri July 8 | 1-4pm EST
DAY 5*: Fri July 15 | 1-4pm EST
DAY 6*: Fri July 22 | 8am-5pm EST
July 18-22 Mon-Fri | 8am-5pm EST
*In addition to the live session, schedule at least 2 + hours a week for independent review of materials and homework

Virtual vs Onsite Experiences

Types of ExperienceVirtualOnsite
Didactic opportunities (live presentation)XX
Hands-on experiences with studentsXX
Case-based learning in small groupsXX
Access to online downloadable resources for later useXX
Just-in-time coaching and mentoringXX
Bringing in your own classroom experienceXX
Access to Professional Learning Community (post-training)XX
Access to free office hours (post-training)XX
Certificate of attendance (42 contact hours)XX
Attendance at the HANDS office (downtown Indianapolis)X
Learn from home or your classroomX
Didactic opportunities (independent)X

About Our Intensive Training

Our training focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching according to the HANDS in Autism® framework, curriculum and process for a range of school personnel, community service providers, administrators, and other preK-12 professionals working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities in school and community settings.

Since 2005, we have been offering this training to school personnel and community members from across the state, nation and globally amassing over to 500 alumni! Since the onset of COVID-19, we have offered this and other intensive trainings online as well. We hope you will attend the training and join in our alumni group, keeping in touch and abreast of new opportunities with HANDS for years to come.
We are happy to welcome a range of school personnel, community service providers, administrators, and other preK-12 professionals working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities in school and community settings.
Our virtual (or online) training is similar to our onsite training. The main difference is in the application, in other words, whether you will work with online students or students present in our own classroom. That is, we are designing interactive activities to allow opportunities for engaging in practice of skills learned both independently and in groups, as well as opportunities for ongoing feedback and mentoring from our HANDS trainers. Though we do have to warn you that just because you can take class while wearing your pajamas, it does not mean that the course is easy! To gain the skills that you can take with you to your school, office, or community setting, you will need to work with us just as hard in this online format as is required during the traditional onsite training!
Our intensive training is based on the comprehensive HANDS in Autism® Model composed of evidence-based behavioral and educational strategies rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),  current literature and practice.  The Model provides the framework, curriculum and process for training participants in the flexibility to effectively set up the physical environment, understand the reasons behind student behaviors, and develop teaching and support strategies that will help students reach their potential in the educational setting and beyond. Topics including proactive supports, classroom and community accommodations, goal setting, skills assessment and teaching. You will engage in:
  • Interactive practice, coaching and feedback within simulated and video-based formats
  • Practical discussions regarding problem-solving solutions that work across settings and disabilities
  • Experiences perfect for new and experienced teachers, para-professionals, administrators, job coaches, transition specialists, coordinators & other service providers.
For more information, see the HANDS in Autism® HOUSE Model description on our Training & Services page.  
  1. Participate! (in learning, assessment, including pre, post, and follow-up): Regardless whether you are in a virtual or onsite environment, our learning activities are synchronous and team-based with multiple breakouts, design and development, and hands-on experiences with students. To learn, you MUST participate!
  2. Collaborate! (with your peers and HANDS trainers): Whether it is a small group discussion or design of teaching activities for students, you are learning as part of a team!
  3. Engage! (in small and large group discussion, submit your work, and enjoy the activities): To better remember new skills and tie them in with what you already know, you need to practice! Engaging across all types of activities will help you with that!
  1. Canvas, our learning management system, where you will access learning materials, videos, simulations, and individual and group activities, submit your quizzes and assignments, and receive individual feedback as planned, and
  2. Zoom, online conferencing platform, that we will use throughout the week to hold small group activities and large group discussions, provide modeling of techniques, and foster participation in other group assignments.
Participation across both platforms is required! You can access the training from any device: phone, tablet, or laptop. However, we would recommend using a larger device (e.g., laptop) to make your interaction with HANDS trainers, other learners, and materials easier.
The registration fee is $1,000 until June 1 and $1,250 thereafter.* The fee includes the following:
  • Active learning with our experienced trainers
  • Access to learning materials during the training course
  • Downloadable resources to use and share within the natural setting after the training
  • Unique virtual networking and training experience
  • 42 contact hours towards your professional development
  • Ongoing boosters after training to support the generalization in your setting
  • Connection with HANDS trainers and fellow participants for networking, collaboration and general support ongoing
Yes, partial scholarships through HANDS in Autism are available to qualifying participants. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Additionally, 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. ACCESS THE LIST

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