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  • 1. Advanced Practicum<br />Fall 2010<br />Room: TBD<br /> <br />Amanda Smith<br /><br />Office hours: Wednesday 2-4 pm<br /> <br />Undergraduate assistant<br />TBD<br />The Advanced Autism Practicum is the last in a set of three practica with the goal of training undergraduate student technicians to administer Discrete-Trial Therapy to preschool-aged children with autism. Students must detect specific skill deficits, author a procedure to address the problem, interpret the data, and write recycles phases to increase the procedures effectiveness. Students also complete an introduction to functional assessments for problem behaviors. <br /><ul><li>Roles and Responsibilities of Practicum Students
  • 2. All practicum students are subject to the rules and regulations of Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (KRESA). For instance, verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated.  If a WMU student engages in verbal or physical abuse of any kind, then the student will be terminated as a staff member of KRESA and the WMU student must drop the course.  If it is too late to drop the course, then the WMU student will receive an “E” for the course. 
  • 3. Dress Code - CAS is a professional site and you are expected to adhere to the dress code.
  • 4. Examples of acceptable attire: clean jeans, khakis, walking shorts, stretch pants, casual dresses and skirts, sweatshirts, tennis shoes, and sandals.
  • 5. Examples of unacceptable attire: Any dirty, torn, patched, or stained clothing, cut-offs, beach wear, low-cut shirts, bare-midriff shirts, short skirts or shorts ("Daisy Dukes"), T-shirts inappropriate for an educational setting (sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.), exposed undergarments, and clothing worn inside out or backwards.
  • 6. Grading
  • 7. Participation
  • 8. 20 points per seminar, 10 points per practicum hour
  • 9. Monitoring Score
  • 10. approx. 2 scores a week, 100 points for each
  • 11. Professionalism
  • 12. 100 points a week, deductions are taken when necessary
  • 13. Homework
  • 14. Quizzes, 7 at 10 points each
  • 15. Literature reviews, 3 at 10 points each
  • 16. Oral report, Pre-proposal, procedure draft, 10 points each
  • 17. Procedure Final Draft, 20 points
  • 18. Paper, 5 at 10 points each
  • 19. Final Paper, 55 points
  • 20. Red Dot
  • 21. First Presentation & rehearsal, 20 points
  • 22. Presentation, 50 points
  • 23. Grading Matrix</li></ul>Participation, HomeworkGrade92878277726762<61Professionalism & Monitoring97ABABCBCDCDE93BABCBCDCDE89BBCCDCDE85CBCDCDE81CDCDE78DCDE75DE71E<br /><ul><li>Cheating of any sort results in our recommending to the WMU Student Judiciary Committee that the student receive a grade of "E" for the course.  Entering false data at Croyden Avenue School will also result in our recommending to the WMU Office of Student Judicial Affairs that the student receive a grade of "E". ENTERING FALSE DATA ALSO HURTS YOUR CHILD!
  • 24. Accommodation for disabilities Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Ms. Beth Denhartigh at 387-2116 or at  at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor.
  • 25. Student academic conductYou are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the academic policies and procedures in the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalogs (found online, that pertain to Student rights and responsibilities. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity, and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.
  • 26. We go by Croyden’s calendar, not WMU. Therefore if WMU is closed for a certain holiday, break, etc., Croyden may still be open and you are required to attend your shift.
  • 27. Responsibilities for an Advanced Practicum Student
  • 28. Weekly seminar (Wednesday 6-8pm)
  • 29. 10 hours a week at Croyden
  • 30. Create procedure for your child
  • 31. Implement procedure
  • 32. Weekly updates on progress of procedure
  • 33. Evaluate procedure
  • 34. Write paper on procedure
  • 35. Presentation about your experience
  • 36. At least one Red dot for a child
  • 37. Analyzing whistle blown procedures
  • 38. Making decisions based on data analysis
  • 39. Subphases
  • 40. Presenting updates during weekly seminar
  • 41. Homework assigned in seminar
  • 42. Includes readings and literature reviews
  • 43. You will be given one article for a literature review, but you must find the other 3 on your own
  • 44. Quizzes in seminar based on syllabus and special lectures
  • 45. Training basic practicum students during first 2 weeks of semester if needed
  • 46. Observing other practicum students throughout the semester
  • 47. Semi-weekly meetings with Carmen, Margaret, Joe, and Amanda at Croyden (this may be scheduled outside of your Croyden shift).
  • 48. Higher monitoring criteria
  • 49. Croyden Expectations
  • 50. Practicum students are expected to
  • 51. Inter-trial Interval (ITI): 3-5 Seconds
  • 52. Inter-procedure Interval (IPI): 60 seconds or less
  • 53. Reinforcer Duration: 5-10 seconds
  • 54. Goal: to do at least 4 meaningful procedure trials per minute
  • 55. How to meet these expectations:
  • 56. When doubled up—
  • 57. One tutor is working with the child
  • 58. The other is:
  • 59. Helping to prompt
  • 60. Setting up materials / preparing for next procedure
  • 61. Help give SDs (when appropriate)
  • 62. Make reinforcers more easily accessible
  • 63. When alone:
  • 64. Come in a couple of minutes early to
  • 65. Organize materials
  • 66. Read over procedures
  • 67. Ensure you have everything you need
  • 68. (e.g. icons, reinforcers, etc)
  • 69. Other Recommendations—
  • 70. When doubled up and outside the booth (in the playroom, snack, speech, etc) one tutor stays with the child, and the other should:
  • 71. Clean/organize the booth
  • 72. Set up materials
  • 73. Reorganize materials
  • 74. All of which will help pacing.