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Summer Training Institute 2014

August 18/19, 2014 Toronto English/Toronto French /Barrie/Webinar
August 21/22, 2014 London/Ottawa

Summer Training 2014 ProgrammeCelebrating 40 years of service in 2014, Geneva Centre for Autism is a clinical, resource and training centre for children, young adults and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families and the professionals who support them. Geneva Centre is the only organization of its kind in Canada, and is an international leader in the field of autism.

Founded on the principles of partnership and skill building, Geneva Centre provides direct intervention, information, and support services to more than 3,000 children and families in the Toronto Region. Additionally, Geneva Centre’s Research, Education and Training Institute provides comprehensive education and training services to parents and professionals around the world to help build capacity to integrate children with autism into classrooms and communities.

2014 is a momentous year for Geneva Centre, as we not only celebrate 40 years of direct service to our clientele, but also host our 30th Summer Training Institute in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Training offerings this year have been modified to reflect the busy lives of educators, and to accommodate your desire for continued learning and professional development.

Facilitated by Geneva Centre for Autism staff, introductory training will be running in Toronto (English, French and Webinar) and Barrie on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19, and London and Ottawa on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22. This training will provide education staff new to teaching or new to the field of ASD with teaching strategies proven effective in school settings. Over two days, participants will explore the components of communication, social understanding, sensory processing and anxiety. The cognitive components of executive function and learning styles will also be examined, and the impact that all of these components have on behaviour will be discussed. Participants will be engaged throughout the two days via group activities and a case study, and will practice developing an autism support plan based on the knowledge they will have learned.

This year, educators who have completed the introductory training, or have experience working with students with ASD, can register for our Online Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Certificate Course for Educators. Available September 2014, this module-based course is delivered entirely online, and is geared towards educational staff with experience working with individuals with ASD. Participants will learn the theory, strategies and ethical considerations that will assist them in applying ABA principles in their classroom.
  • "I would have gone in blind this school year if I hadn't come for these two days. I'm very grateful."