Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practical Applications course

Note that Summer Courses are not available this year. In-house ASD courses for the 2019/20 school year will be posted towards in late August/early September, 2019, once the schedule has been determined.

You may want to check our scheduled REGIONAL COURSES to see if there is a course hosted by a school district that you can attend. Note that regional courses are primarily attended by school district employees. (POPARD provides hosted courses throughout the province, throughout the year, and the host district determines who may attend their training).

Employees of BC school districts and independent schools, once our 2019/2020 training schedule is posted, you'll click HERE to view course dates and to register online. 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 here).

If you are NOT an employee of a BC school district / independent school, but are interested in our in-house ASD course, you must first submit an ONLINE APPLICATION for POPARD's review. If you are given permission to attend, an email will be sent to you explaining how to register. *Note that because our training schedule for 2019/2020 has not yet been determined, you will not be able to submit an application at this time. We expect to have our training schedule determined by the end of August 2019, so please check back here then to submit an application to attend one of our courses.*

Course Overview

This 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

registration details & fees

**The following information applies to courses held at POPARD. Please check with your School District's Student Support Services Department to enquire about courses being held in your district. Information will also be posted on the Regional Courses page under the Training menu of our website.**

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

Tuition fee for this course is $300. This fee is waived for employees of BC School Districts or Independent Schools following the BC Ministry of Education curriculum with a signed Confirmation of Employment form (download a form here).

Tuition fees will only be refunded if request is made at least 2 weeks before the first day of class.

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

BC School District / independent school personnel, click HERE to view course dates and to register online (Visa, Mastercard, and cheques accepted for payment).

Non-school district / non-independent school personnel who are interested in registering for this course, you must first submit an ONLINE APPLICATION for POPARD's review.


School-year courses will be 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.

For courses held in school districts or other locations, please go to the Regional Courses page under the Training menu of this website.


For more information, please email