Instructional Programs and Training

Through our innovative and personalized services developing web-based, blended, and in-person instructional courses and training programs, the Shriver Center provides families and friends of children and adults with disabilities, self-advocates, clinicians, educators and human service workers with the knowledge and skills to meet the unique needs of this population.

We have produced at least 100 learning programs for children, online teaching programs for people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, training for professionals, and information and resources for the community. A sampling of our the courses we’ve designed and staff development and training programs we’ve developed are below.

Instructional Design and Course Development

Shriver Center faculty, researchers, and the Instructional Technology Team have produced numerous online and e-learning courses for children, parents, and professionals. Recent programs include:

Discovering Behavioral Intervention
Designed by child development experts from the Shriver Center, Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent's Interactive Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is for parents and caregivers whose child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The self-paced, 10-module interactive learning guide provides families with the resources to understand behavioral intervention by:

  • Offering comprehensive information about ABA
  • Providing real-life stories from parents of children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Suggesting interventions for managing challenging behaviors

Learning ABA!
Learning ABA! is an online learning experience for paraprofessionals in behavioral intervention for the treatment of children on the autism spectrum as they prepare for live training with a mentor. It simulates the one-on-one mentoring process used in effective face-to-face training, and allows the paraprofessional to practice intervention skills interactively with an onscreen child. The training is a first of its kind and a valuable addition to behavioral intervention agency training programs.

The BIA Program of the University of Massachusetts Lowell
This series of courses are an award winning cost effective Behavior Analyst Certification Course Sequence, created for UMass Lowell, to prepare individuals to provide behavioral interventions for people with autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Course
This course is designed for professionals who will be seeing and working with children on the autism spectrum. It is divided into 3 modules, each about an hour long. 

Staff Development and Training

The Shriver Center has created or offered a wide range of staff development programs and trainings throughout Massachusetts and the nation. Some examples include:

Massachusetts Act Early Program
Massachusetts Act Early seeks to educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely early intervention whenever there is a concern. To increase related training for health care, early childhood and educational professionals, the state team’s services include:

  • Distance learning webinars for pediatricians, early childhood educators, early intervention providers, families and professionals who work with young children
  • Live training on topics such as cultural and linguistic competence in autism screening, as well as the full range of the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Autism Case Training curriculum

Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research
CDDER provides valuable training services to developmental disability service agencies in order to enhance the health, safety and quality of life of the people they serve. These include:

Emergency Preparedness and Response
The programs and resources of our Emergency Preparedness and Response Initiative are geared toward self-advocates and families of indivduals with disabilities.These are also targeted to first responders, including fire fighters, police and public health officers, and health care personnel. Some programs offer continuing education credits.

Our Emergency Preparedness training offerings include:

  • Hands-on, in-person and online interactive training and disaster simulation exercises
  • Disaster drill consultations
  • The ability to promote equitable and efficient emergency planning and response for people with disabilities

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)
Shriver Center experts provide training to those who coordinate the online training and certification program that prepares behavioral health professionals to use the Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative
This initative supported the successful transformation of 46 primary care practices to patient-centered medical homes, including collaborative planning, learning curriculum, community engagement, evaluation and project management. Four of the courses developed continue to be available to the public free of charge (you will be required to create an account).

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