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Autism Intervention Training Program

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This program is available in English and French. To view the French version, visit: Formation en intervention auprès des personnes autistes.

Our Behavioural Intervention and Autism Programs use only evidence-based practices, such as Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), an established treatment that meets the National Autism Centre standards.

In the Autism Intervention Training Program, you will enhance your ability to modify the behaviour of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other behavioural challenges and apply more effective interventions. You will be able to make informed decisions and nurture respectful collaborative relationships for the benefit of those with ASD.

Program format

Run over the course of one academic year, in a flexible format, this program is offered online so you can balance family and work commitments with your learning.

The program consists of an 18-week online program:

  • 120 hours of online core theory lectures
  • 12 days of online training sessions via Zoom, working closely with autism experts

Who should attend?

The program is geared toward community living and human services counselors and social workers; daycare and group home workers; teachers and educational assistants; occupational therapists; caregivers and family members; and, healthcare providers.

Admission requirements

  • Have a post-secondary diploma related to Early Childhood Education (ECE) or two years of post-secondary studies in a related field
  • Have a minimum of one year of working with children or youth with developmental delays

Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) Certification: Participants will complete the BACB’s RBT Task List, which includes core tasks that are likely to be performed by behaviour technicians. Upon completion, participants will be eligible to apply to write the RBT examination.

Program topics

  • Knowledge of Autism (ABA*)
    • The Causes and Diagnostic Features of Children with ASDs
    • Typical and Atypical Development: Understanding Autism
    • Introduction to ABA and Basics of Behaviour Theory
    • Reinforcement
  • Evidence-Based Practices (1)
    • Evaluation of Child Progress
    • Prompts, Fading and Attending
    • Incidental Teaching
    • Communication
  • Functional Skills (ADL†)
    • Self Help Skills
    • Social Skills
    • Medical Awareness
    • Sexuality
    • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Understanding Behaviours
    • Shaping and Differential Reinforcement
    • Discrete Trial Instruction
    • Functional Behaviour Assessment and Functional Analysis
    • Behaviour Management
  • Evidence-Based Practices (1)
    • Verbal Behaviour Intervention
    • Generalization Maintenance
    • Task Analysis and Chaining
    • Visual Supports

*Applied Behaviour Analysis
† Activities of Daily Living


  • Support Skills
    • Reinforcement
    • Prompt and prompt fading
    • Error correction
  • Data Collection and Analysis
    • Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA)
    • Reducing problematic behaviours
    • Behaviour support plan