Course #6 Autism


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Course #6- Using “Cheat Sheets” to Promote Independence for Students with Autism

by Patrick Mulick, MS, BCBA, Consultant, Renton, WA

About the Speaker

Edited (2)Patrick Mulick, MEd is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. Patrick earned his master’s degree in special education and behavior analysis from Gonzaga University. While spending seven years educating students with disabilities, from pre-school to high school, Patrick developed a particular love for working with students with Autism and behavioral challenges.  Today he works as an educational consultant and as the Autism Coordinator of the Auburn School District in Washington State.  Patrick believes that in order for students to have access to a meaningful education all whom they encounter must be provided access themselves to ongoing supports that are effective and easy to implement.  Patrick has committed his work to special needs learners through a hybrid of instruction and inspiration.  His resources and strategies have helped simplify the complex, equipping teachers, administrators, therapists, para-educators, and bus drivers alike. Disclosure: Financial-Patrick is employed by the Auburn School District, receives speaking fees, and fees (self published) for The Ultimate Access Card, a visual support aid for students with disabilities.  Non-financial-Patrick has a blog on best classroom practices and teacher supports.

Target Audience (who should attend): Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Autism Specialists, School Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Principals/Administrators, Private Tutors, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Pre-Kindergarten through 21 years

Course Description: Despite schools’ best efforts, there are limited opportunities for students with autism as they grow into adulthood due to their inability to function independently.  This deficit is often a result of staff unknowingly helping too much and not creating a path by which the individual could better function on their own.  This highly interactive workshop explores research based strategies to enhance independence and remove limits to student potential.  Having been a teacher himself, Patrick directly speaks to the practical in-classroom application of these strategies.  For each that is discussed, a user friendly “cheat sheet” is provided.  Participants will leave inspired and equipped to help their students do more with less.

What You Will Learn
Course Objectives
– Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the detrimental effects of adult proximity for students with disabilities
  • Identify and discuss how and when to use visual supports to enhance independence
  • Identify the different levels of prompting and when to use them
  • Explain how to use Contingency Mapping
  • Explain how to promote independence during behavioral challenges
  • Identify simple data collection procedures to track a student’s degree of independence
  • Identify the quality of the teacher-para teaming in their classroom


8:00 – 9:00       The classroom dynamics of promoting independence
9:00 – 10:00     Setting the stage for success with the use of proper use of visuals
10:00 – 10:15   Break
10:15- 11:00    The prompt hierarchy and how to reinforce
11:00 – 12:00   Tools to support social independence
12:00 – 1:00     Lunch-On your own
1:00 – 2:00       Working on independence through challenging behaviors
2:00 – 2:45       Documenting growth and considerations for what is next
2:45 – 3:00       Break
3:00 – 4:00       Team practices to promote independence in students
4:00    Complete Program Evaluations