Training & Workshops


Six Series Workshops SPRING 2023 – Webinar*

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our in-person workshops have been suspended and will be provided as webinars. Once you are registered, a Zoom link will be provided 48 hours before the start of the workshop.  For registration please contact Noshin Nawar

Introduction to Contemporary ABA & Autism

DATE: Tuesday April 25th, 2023 
TIME: 6pm to 8pm
LOCATION: Online Webinar
COST: $50.00 per person
This educational session teaches basic information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and why ABA-based autism treatments are the most effective and scientifically validated treatment approach for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

Social Referencing & Joint Attention

DATE: Thursday April 27th, 2023
TIME: 6pm to 8pm
LOCATION: Online Webinar
COST: $50.00 per person
Two key, related skills that children normally acquire early in their development are social referencing and joint attention. These skills are thought to be especially important for children to efficiently learn from the people and events in their environment. Children on the autism spectrum usually show significant deficits in these areas, and so intervention to address these skill deficits is very important. This workshop will define and explain what social referencing and joint attention are, elaborate on their importance, and provide guidance, with examples, on how these skills are taught to children with autism using behaviour analytic methods within the context of a verbal behaviour program.

Pairing & Manding

DATE: Tuesday May 2nd, 2023
TIME: 6pm to 8pm
LOCATION: Online Webinar
COST: $50.00 per person
This educational session teaches the importance of pairing preferred items and activities with the parent or interventionists to make the adult a “conditioned reinforcer”. This increases the likelihood of cooperation with instructions, which leads to more efficient teaching/learning opportunities.
Participants are also taught the importance of teaching the child to make requests for things the child wants. This is “manding” and participants are supported in understanding how manding can be accomplished through voice, sign or picture exchange.

Intensive Teaching

DATE: Thursday May 4th, 2023
TIME: 6pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Online Webinar
COST: $50.00 per person
Participants are taught that in a Verbal Behaviour program, discrete trial teaching is called Intensive Teaching and it is an empirically proven technique known to teach specific skills and behaviours to children with autism spectrum disorders. It is important for participants to gain understanding and participate in hands-on practice of Intensive teaching so they are able to facilitate generalization of the taught skills.

Natural Environment Teaching

DATE: Tuesday May 9th, 2023
TIME: 6pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Online Webinar
COST: $50.00 per person
This session shows participants that teaching can permeate every activity and that they can support the child’s learning by following the child’s lead using activities in the child’s daily life to encourage the use of language targets and other skills taught explicitly. Each child has particular interests and motivation, and participants are shown how to use the child’s motivation for some preferred activities and reinforcers to encourage learning and practice of referencing, communication, play and social skills. A NET lesson plan will be developed and discussed by the participants.

Dealing With Problem Behaviour

DATE: Thursday May 11th, 2023
TIME: 6pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Online Webinar
COST: $50.00 per person
This workshop teaches parents, Behaviour Interventionists (BIs), and school teams about the dynamics of problem behaviour and the different functions of challenging behaviour(s) and discusses the steps required to develop support plans that are likely to be effective. A variety of video examples and scenario questions will be used throughout the presentation.

To find out more information or to register for this workshop, please contact Noshin at

For more information on upcoming Autism Community Training (ACT) Workshops visit



DATES: Summer 2022 Dates To Be Confirmed
TIME: 6pm to 7:30pm
LOCATION: Online Zoom
COST: $800 per family, 10 group sessions and 1 one on one session with BCBA

This structured, evidence-based group training program is aimed at teaching and applying techniques and tools to help parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder manage their child’s challenging behaviours. 

The RUBI Autism Network developed this skill – based curriculum and topics covered include: 

  • ABA Principles 
  • Prevention Strategies 
  • Functional Communication Training 
  • Teaching skills effectively  

New topics will be introduced each week along with homework review from the previous week and personalized strategies to apply the theory.   

The RUBI program is best for children whose caregivers can be actively involved in treatment and practice treatment between appointments 

For registration, please contact BCBA Sarah Gentile at or call 604-232-4122.


When Should You Tell Your Child He/She Has ASD?

Developed and Presented by Dr Suzanne Jacobsen

Can be viewed by request.

Parents are often unsure when or if to tell their child they have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This introductory workshop presents three considerations:

  • Why you tell your child
  • When to tell your child
  • What to tell your child

Time will be allocated for sharing concerns or ideas regarding the wisdom of telling the child considering the unique qualities of each child. After attending you should have an understanding of the importance of including your child in understanding the diagnosis of ASD and have direction about the appropriate time and way to begin the discussion.

To find out more information on this workshop, please contact or call 604-232-4122