Professional Learning Opportunities

Formal professional learning opportunities for Local Education Agency (LEA) staff, parents, and other educational professionals offered by the Diagnostic Center, Central California.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder - All Offerings
    • A-1 Assistive Technology to Support Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • A-2 Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment to Zany Conversation
    • A-3 Treatment Ideas for the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Working with the Student Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders…Building a Road Map for Successful Communication
    • A-4 Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Social Intimacy and Social Skills
    • A-5 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Strategies for Supporting Students with ASD, Attention, and Social Anxiety Needs
    • A-6 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Combining Evidence-Based Practices to Optimize Learning
    • A-7 Antecedent-Based Interventions: Stay Ready So That You Don't Have to Get Ready (New!)
    • A-8 The Spectrum of Learning: Evidence-Based Practices for Autism (Custom EBP Training) (New!)

Student Engagement and Behavior

  • Student Engagement and Behavior - All Offerings
    • B-1 Maximizing Student Engagement; Minimizing Disruptive Behavior
    • B-2 No Good Very Bad Day…Could it be Communication?
    • B-3 Enhancing Check-In, Check-Out (CICO) to Create Effective Student Support
    • B-4 Looking at Behavior Through a New Lens
    • B-5 Impacts of Emotions and the "Rage Cycle" for School Age Children and Adolescents
    • B-6 Executive Function Instruction Strategies
    • B-7 The Blueprint for Bonds: Constructing Connections with Students (New!)
    • B-8 Sensory-Supportive Environments: Classroom Structures for Success (New!)

Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

Early Childhood

  • Early Childhood - All Offerings
    • E-1 Fun, Phonemes and Future Reading Success
    • E-2 Making Every Day a Learning Day
    • E-3 Planting the Seeds of Early Literacy
    • E-4 Shaping Positive Early Childhood Behaviors
    • E-5 Managing Meltdowns; Impacts of Emotions and the "Rage Cycle" for Young Children

Complex Communication and Intellectual Disabilities

  • Complex Communication and Intellectual Disabilities - All Offerings
    • I-1 Building Communication Opportunities Throughout the Day for Students with Complex Communication Disorders
    • I-2 Students with Complex Communication and Intellectual Disabilities…Avoiding the Impact of Learned Helplessness
    • I-3 Evidence-Based Practices that Support Students with Complex Communication and Significant Cognitive Disabilitie
    • I-4 Developing a Language Enriched Environment

Language and Literacy

  • Language and Literacy - All Offerings
    • L-1 Integrating Literacy for Students with Complex Communication Needs
    • L-2 What is Dyslexia?
    • L-3 Once Upon a Word: Morphology
    • L-4 Assistive Technology and Dyslexia
    • L-5 The What, the How, and the Why of Phonology and Phonics for Parents, Paraeducators, and Child Care Providers
    • L-6 Best Practices in Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
    • L-7 Assisting Older Struggling Readers: It's Never Too Late!


  • Paraeducators - All Offerings
    • P-1 Maximizing Student Engagement; Minimizing Disruptive Behaviors – How a Paraeducator Can Help
    • P-2 A Paraeducator's Role in Enhancing Check-In, Check-Out (CICO) and Effective Student Supports
    • P-3 A Paraeducators Role in the Science of Reading
    • P-4 A Paraeducator's Role in Assisting Students Impacted by Environmental Adversity, Trauma, or Foster Placement
    • P-5 Paraeducator Opportunities for Looking at Behavior through a New Lens!

Speech and Language

  • Speech and Language - All Offerings
    • S-1 Assessment and Treatment: Speech Fluency Disorders
    • S-2 Building Social Skills Groups for Diverse Learners
    • S-3 Differential Assessment and Interventions for Students with Significantly Reduced Speech Intelligibility
    • S-4 Language Processing Disorder: Assessment and Treatment Considerations

Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Assistive Technology and Agumentative and Alternative Communication - All Offerings
    • T-1 Assistive Technology Assessment – Certificate Program
    • T-2 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment to Intervention – Certificate Program
    • T-3 Augmentative and Alternative Communication – Building Literacy
    • T-4 Assistive Technology Supports for Organization and Executive Functioning
    • T-5 Assistive Technology Supports for Mathematics
    • T-6 Assistive Technology Assessment to Intervention: Building Supports for Written Language
    • T-7 Aided Language Stimulation and Data Collection for Trials in Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • T-8 Using Technology to Support the Essential Elements of Literacy Including Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Language Skills

Specialized Topics

  • Specialized Topics - All Offerings
    • Z-1 Concussions: More than Just a Bump on the Head! (Traumatic Brain Injury)
    • Z-2 Secondary Transition Planning 101: IEP Mandates and Compliance
    • Z-3 IEP Basics: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Effective Collaboration (New!)
    • Z-4 Teacher Burnout and the Importance of Self-Care (New!)
    • Z-5 Writing IEPs for Students with Autism from a Neurodivergent Mindset (New!)