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Course Overview

Evidence-Based Practices 2

May 8, 2023 - August 18, 2023

Research supports the effectiveness of certain interventions with individuals with ASD, also known as evidence-based practices (EBP). By completing this online course, you will learn some of the most commonly used EBPs with individuals with ASD. This is the second of two courses on EBPs using the AIM modules.

  • Registration Instructions
  • Course registration is a two-step process: 1) Register on AIM and 2) Register and pay on Ashland University's system. Once you have completed this two-step process, this course will be available to you on AIM at the start of the semester, May 8, 2023.

    If you have questions about this course or the registration process, please contact the course instructor, Amy Bixler-Coffin at
  • Registration Details
  • Course registration open April 17, 2023 - July 21, 2023
  • 1-Credit course costs $225 paid to Ashland University
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Course Modules

Computer-Aided Instruction

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

Computer-aided instruction (CAI) is the use of computers to teach academic skills, promote communication and language development, and teach learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to recognize and predict others' emotions. Due to ever-changing computer technology and the rapid introduction of computer software into the educational market, this module will focus on the salient aspects of CAI and how to choose computer software that has been shown to be effective with learners with ASD.

Functional Communication Training

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

Functional communication training (FCT) is a practice that emerged from the research on functional behavioral assessment (FBA). Once the FBA has determined the function of a single interfering behavior, or a group of behaviors that all serve the same function, FCT is used to teach a new, communicative behavior that replaces the interfering behavior (i.e., the communicative behavior serves the same purpose as the interfering/target behavior). This module will provide information on the evidence-based practice, FCT.

Naturalistic Intervention

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

Naturalistic intervention is a collection of practices including environmental arrangement, interaction techniques, and strategies based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles. These practices are designed to encourage specific target behaviors based on learners' interests by building more complex skills that are naturally reinforcing and appropriate to the interaction. This module will provide information on the evidence-based strategy of naturalistic intervention.

Parent-Implemented Intervention

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

Parent-implemented intervention, teaches parents to use individualized intervention practices with their child to help them acquire/increase skills and/or decrease interfering behaviors associated with ASD. This involves a multi-step process that includes determining needs of the family, outlining goals, developing an intervention plan, and training parents to apply the intervention. This module defines each step of the process, discusses procedures and practices, and provides examples to be used as models using this evidence-based intervention.

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Estimated Time to Complete: 3 hours

Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a method of systematically applying the scientific principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to teach learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). PRT builds on learner initiative and interests, and it is particularly effective for developing communication, language, play, and social behaviors. This module will describe the fundamental principles of PRT, its conceptual framework, and how it can be implemented in a variety of settings with learners who display a range of ability levels and who have differing needs.

Task Analysis

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

Task analysis is the process of breaking a skill into smaller, more manageable steps in order to teach the skill. As the smaller steps are mastered, the learner becomes increasingly independent in his or her ability to perform the larger skill. This module will provide information on task analysis.

Evidence-Based Practices 2 Course Post-Assessment

Post-assessment for Evidence-Based Practices 2 course.