CIRCA Colloquium Series 2021

The Science of Math: Applying the Instructional Hierarchy with Learners with Autism and Intellectual Disability

Date: December 2, 2021
Time:  3:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Root, BCBA-D, Associate Professor of Florida State University

This presentation will focus on aligning instructional targets and strategies with individual’s phase of learning in the instructional hierarchy (i.e., acquisition, fluency, maintenance, generalization). A process for identifying socially significant mathematical learning goals will be presented. Highlighted practices will reflect the science of math instruction as it is known in the field to date for individuals with autism and intellectual disability based on empirical research.

BACB credits (if applicable): 1.0 BACB CEUs will be available for people who attend the LIVE event. Details will be provided at the start of the colloquium.

No registration is required. Please contact for Zoom meeting details.

*These events with be recorded and posted on the CIRCA website at a later date; see for past colloquia.

What if we told you it was ok for your student/client to be prompt dependent?

Date: November 18, 2021
Time:  2:30-4:00 pm
Presenter: Drs. Amy D. Spriggs and Sally B. Shepley, BCBA-LBA

Often times students with intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continuously rely on prompts or reminders from their teachers to complete everyday tasks. When their access to school ends, so do the prompts they have come to rely on. With technology being an integral part of society’s everyday life, it is logical to teach individuals with ID/ASD to rely on technology as a necessary support when presented with situations in which more information is needed. Individuals with disabilities need to learn how to self-manage, including self-prompting and self-instructing tasks throughout their day-to-day activities to increase their employability, independence, quality of life, and overall self-determination skills. There is an emerging amount of literature to support the use of self-management for individuals with disabilities, specifically with mobile technology. This presentation will include data from our recent studies, where we have focused on the acquisition and generalization of self-management skills using mobile technology.

BACB credits (if applicable): 1.5 CEUs

No registration is required. Please contact for Zoom meeting details.

Autism and Neurodiversity in the Workplace: The First of Four CIRCA Professional Development Programs

Date: May 12, 2021
Time:  11:00-12:00
Presenters:  Karen Bopp, Ph.D., CIRCA Director of Provincial Outreach and Sharon Hu, B.A., Instructional Designer

This colloquium will provide an overview of the CIRCA Professional Development series and its key components.  In particular, the presenters will describe the Autism and Neurodiversity in the Workplace program, a series of five self-paced, interactive modules filled with useful activities and videos. The program is designed to assist human resource professionals, employers, supervisors, managers, co-workers, job coaches and counsellors, autistic employees, parents, students, and anyone interested in inclusive employment to learn practical strategies on how to support all employees to be successful on the job.  Additional CIRCA Pro-D programs for physicians, dental professionals, and childcare providers will be available in late 2021 and will also be described.

No registration is required. Please contact for Zoom meeting details.

Sleep and Behavior Analysis: Application and Case Studies of Sleep Support for Autistic Children

Date: April 20, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm PST
Presenter: Hilary McClinton, M.Ed., BCBA and Nicole Shallow, M.Ed., BCBA, Healthy Sleep Solutions

This presentation will be a “crash course” on how behavior analysis can be applied to addressing sleep challenges, including sleep assessment and treatment of sleep problems. The presenters will review the science behind sleep and basic sleep hygiene, and will also use case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of various comprehensive and personalized sleep plans.

1.5 BACB CEUs will be available to people who attend the LIVE event. Details will be provided at the start of the colloquium.

No registration is required. Please contact for Zoom meeting details.

Balancing Bodily and Social Needs: Sensory Processing and Friendship Experiences in Autistic Adults

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:00 am PST
Presenter: Jad Brake, Ph.D candidate, UBC Department of Anthropology; Graduate Fellow at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

This presentation will discuss the sensory experiences of autistic adults and the way they affect their daily and social lives as well as their emotional state. More specifically, the presentation will focus on explaining how unusual sensory experiences and sensitivities shape friendship perceptions and practices in autistic adults. The results are based on a thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews as well as two focus groups, as part of a larger PhD ethnographic research project conducted in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

No registration is required. Please contact for Zoom meeting details.

Mindfulness-based Interventions: Benefits to Families, Caregivers, and Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Date: March 9, 2021
Time: 11:00-12:00 PST
Presenter: Georgina Robinson, Ph.D., Principal, Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). Dr. Robinson is a trained teacher of Mindful Self Compassion by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion and also has certification in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

This colloquium will provide an overview of the concepts, rationale, and evolution of mindfulness-based interventions. Research supporting the benefits of these interventions with families, caregivers, and individuals with ASD and other disabilities will be included. The presenter will describe the characteristics of effective programs and tips to support individuals with ASD.

No registration is required. Please contact for Zoom meeting details.\

A Secondary Prevention Model of Family-Centered PBS: The Low-“Down”

Date: January 20, 2021
Time: 10:30-12:00 PST
Presenter: Alana McVey, Ph.D., Post-doctoral fellow, Dept. of Psychology, University of British Columbia

In this presentation, Dr. McVey will discuss her research examining an evidence-based social skills intervention, the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®). She will present her findings demonstrating the intervention’s secondary effects on mental health symptoms (depression, social anxiety, and suicidality) and changes in neural activity.

No registration is required.

Identifying and Supporting Trauma in Complex Cases of ASD

Date: January 6, 2021
Time: 2:30-4:00 PST
• Alexia Stack, M.Ed., BCBA, Clinical Supervisor, A Block Above Behavioral Consulting
• Bobbi Hoadley, M.Ed., BCBA, RCC, Practice Leader, Parley Services
• Andrea Schneider, BCR, BCaBA, A Block Above Behavioral Consulting

Trauma rates in children with ASD may be underestimated due to the range of symptoms that potentiate the risk for maltreatment; thus, overshadowing of trauma symptoms is likely in this population (Stack & Lucyshyn, 2018). Using case studies, this seminar will provide an overview of trauma; how it can present in individuals with ASD; and a review of the literature.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss how symptoms can present themselves in individuals with ASD and trauma;
2. Discuss applications of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) to trauma;
3. Discuss applications from Trauma-Focused Trauma-Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
4. Discuss applications from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
5. Discuss and apply how to integrate trauma-based approaches with an ABA- based intensive intervention program.

No registration is required. BACB CEUs will be available to people who attend the LIVE event. Details will be provided at the start of the colloquium.