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  • 1. Advanced Practicum Syllabus<br />Room: TBD<br /> <br />Amanda Smith<br />Amanda.m.smith@wmich.edu<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 />
    • 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
    Participation, HomeworkGrade92878277726762<61Professionalism & Monitoring97ABABCBCDCDE93BABCBCDCDE89BBCCDCDE85CBCDCDE81CDCDE78DCDE75DE71E<br />WoodsEdge Learning Center Participation: <br />At WoodsEdge, tutors earn 10 points an hour. Therefore, a day at WoodsEdge is worth 20 pts. Participation points are deducted for doing other homework or socializing when you should be working with your child, etc. You cannot make up absences with OAPs.<br />When a tutor misses a practicum day (for whatever reason), s/he will lose participation (20 points) points for that day.<br />When a tutor misses more than three days either at WoodsEdge or in seminar, on the fourth missed day, the grade is lowered half a letter grade. <br />If a tutor loses all participation points for any given day either at CAS or in seminar due to being late, s/he must still participate in all activities during the time remaining. Otherwise, the tutors final grade will be lowered half a letter grade.<br />Tutors lose 1 point for every minute s/he arrives late or leaves early (for any reason). <br />In addition, when a tutor is going to be late and does not call to warn classroom staff, 10 Professionalism points will be lost. <br />If you lose 60 points or more for lateness or leaving early at WoodsEdge, your final grade will be lowered by half a letter grade.<br />Rationale for the stringent attendance policy: Consistency is crucial for the tutors and the children. Tutors benefit most from daily practice and feedback in order to acquire the skills needed to properly perform DT sessions. Absences affect their repertoire (DT skills) but also the repertoire of the child with whom they are working. Please note that this “get-tough” attendance policy is designed to avoid the hopeless hassle of coming around during, or at the conclusion of, the semester pleading for some way to make up points lost throughout the semester! <br />Seminar Participation: <br />One seminar session is worth 20 pts. Participation points are deducted when: (1) you do not participate in role plays, (2) you are late for seminar (3) you do not participate in the discussions (4) you are absent from seminar.<br />When a tutor misses a seminar session (for whatever reason), s/he will lose both participation points (20) and quiz points (20)<br /> When a tutor misses more than three days either at CAS or in seminar, on the fourth missed day, the grade is lowered half a letter grade. <br />Tutors lose 1 pts per minute late to seminar. <br />If a tutor loses all participation points for any given day either at WoodsEdge or in seminar due to being late, s/he must still participate in all activities during the time remaining. Otherwise, the tutors final grade will be lowered half a letter grade.<br />
    • 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 beth.denhartigh@wmich.edu  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, http://catalog.wmich.edu) 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.

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