Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practical Applications course

Introduction to ASD in-house training dates (2019-2020 School Year):

  • March 2 - 6, 2020 *SOLD OUT*
  • May 4 - 8, 2020 *6 seats left*
  • Jun 15 - 19, 2020 (*location is 3688 Cessna Dr. Richmond, BC for this course only)

This course is 5 days long and is held at our training facility in Delta BC (see additional location information below). The entire course must be attended in order to receive the course certificate - we do not offer makeup hours or days.

Before registering/applying for POPARD training, please review our Training/Course Policies and Registration information, specifically our policies regarding: Participant Code of Conduct & Attendance; Course Work & Evaluation; Expected English Language Proficiency; Accommodations For Participants With Disabilities.

Registration Information

Employees of BC school districts and independent schools

Employees of BC school districts and independent schools can register directly online. You may pay online with a Visa or Mastercard. After you have registered, you will have to provide a signed Confirmation of Employment (COE) form that shows you are a school district / independent school employee (download a COE form).

Can't find dates that work for you? School district employees can check our scheduled Regional Courses to see if there is a course hosted by a school district that they may be able to attend. Note that regional courses are intended for school district employees only. (POPARD provides district-hosted courses to various BC school districts every school year. Learn more on our Regional Courses Page).

NOT an employee of a BC school, but interested in taking our course?

If you are NOT an employee of a school district/independent school, you must first submit an Online Application for POPARD's review. If your application is approved, POPARD will email you with details on registration and fee payment.

Course Fees

Administration fee of $75 (payable by ALL registrants) includes participant workbook and additional reference materials. This fee is non-refundable.

Tuition fee is $300. The tuition fee is waived for employees of BC School Districts or Independent Schools following the BC Ministry of Education curriculum as long as a signed-off Confirmation of Employment form is submitted (school employees can download a COE form here).

Tuition fee will only be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by POPARD at least 2 weeks before the first day of class.

NOTE: Fees paid to POPARD for courses held at POPARD are not transferable to regional courses held in school districts or other locations.


Unless otherwise noted, in-house POPARD courses are held at POPARD's Training Facility in Delta, BC at 4746 57th Street (map & directions). For those taking public transit, the Ladner Exchange is nearby.

Course Overview

This 5-day course reflects current research and evidence-based practice in teaching students with ASD. In addition, research-based methods of effective adult instruction are used in this course. These include practical hands-on activities, demonstration, coaching and application exercises as well as a variety of ways of evaluating participant learning.

Fifty percent (50%) of the mark will be based on completion of activities performed daily in class, individually and/or in small groups; the remaining 50% of the mark will be based on a closed-book quiz written on the final day of the course, comprised of multiple choice, fill in the blanks and short answer questions.

Daily readings are also required.

This 30-hour course is held at our training facility in Delta over a 5-day period, from 8:30 am–4:00 pm daily, with two 15-minute breaks and a 1-hour lunch break.

Course Content

Theoretical Foundations:
  • Characteristics of ASD
  • Diagnosis and assessment
  • Cognitive profiles and ranges of ability
  • Executive functions
  • Theory of mind
  • Sensory difference
  • Social and communication skills
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Effective instructional practices
Application of Theory to Classroom Practice:
  • Behaviour observation
  • Data collection & analysis
  • Positive behaviour supports
  • Environmental/antecedent supports
  • Teaching approaches including:
    -direct instruction
    -differentiating curriculum
    -cognitive/behaviour interventions
    -augmentative communication


For more information, please email