Upcoming Trainings


Integrating Employability Skills: Improving Transition to Employment for Students with Disabilities

Bozeman - November 29

This interactive session will:

  • Introduce participants to the Employability Skills Framework and explain why it is important for students with disabilities 
  • Connect employability skill preparation to transition plans and lesson planning. 
  • Provide tools and strategies to select appropriate assessments and prioritize employability skills at the employer, district, and individual teacher levels.  

The session is relevant for special and general educators, career and technical educators, and vocational rehabilitation staff.


LINK (Course #9951)


Montana Youth Transitions Conference

Billings - Nov. 13-15

Go here for more information about the conference.

Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Transition Training 

Bozeman - November 28

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

• Use existing resources to identify evidence-based practices in transition services and planning
• Describe the components of three common evidence-based transition practices used in schools programs
• Design and implement a transition-based education for students with disabilities

The session is relevant for educators responsible for supporting the development and implementation of transition programs. Although not required, participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own transition plans for activities.

LINK (Course #9952)


A Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors

Great Falls - December 6th

Havre – December 7th

Discussion focuses on the importance of addressing students’ skill deficits prior to or simultaneously with addressing behavior excess or other unwanted behavior is explored. This workshop teaches participants to determine and define unwanted behavior targeted for intervention. Participants are assisted with understanding the functional assessment of behavior, and the selection and teaching of alternative responses to replace unwanted behavior. Participants are exposed to antecedent strategies designed to reduce unwanted behavior as well as differential reinforcement procedures and consequence based strategies. Finally, issues related to the evaluation and monitoring of behavior plans are discussed.

Registration LINK

You can also view trainings as they are added on the OPI Montana Autism Education Project blog


Online Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavior Interventions


We offer subscriptions to a highly-rated online training in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral interventions. The training provides 55+ hours of instruction in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral interventions.  The training must be completed in 90 days. OPI renewal units and ASHA CEUs are available. New groups start the middle of each month. 

If you are interested in taking the training please go here to register.


Recent Blog Posts of Interest

Study claims vaccines-autism link; scientists find fake data, have rage stroke

In a series of blogs and forum posts, scientists pointed out flaws and weaknesses throughout the study, including, but not limited to:

  • Injecting aluminum under the rodent’s skin, rather than into muscles, which is how vaccines are delivered
  • Using dosing regimens that make incorrect assumptions about the development of mice and do not mimic vaccine schedules in children
  • Studying genes based on outdated literature
  • Using an outdated and inaccurate method to assess gene activity
  • Using inappropriate statistical tests
  • “Clear and deliberate” removal of control data
  • Being funded by private foundations that question the safety of vaccines, which is noted in the study. (A report in 2015 noted that it had received nearly $900,000 in grants from the foundations).

Read more here.


Chuck E. Cheese's Unveils 'Sensory Sensitive Sundays' For Kids With Autism, Special Needs – Billings, Montana

The company has unveiled “Sensory Sensitive Sundays”, in which select locations open two hours early on the first Sunday of each month. During that time, the lighting is lowered while music and the show is either lowered or turned off.

There will also be limited appearances by the popular mascot, Chuck E., while food and games are offered as they would be during normal hours. If you are in Billings, don't miss this. 

Read more here.


Autism prevalence and socioeconomic status: What's the connection?

Children living in neighborhoods where incomes are low and fewer adults have bachelor's degrees are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder compared to kids from more affluent neighborhoods. 

Read more here. 


Good Science Versus Bad Science: Why Wifi Networks Don't Cause Autism

A recent paper in Child Development has caused concern by alleging a causative connection between Wi-Fi networks and autism. In this work, we outline why these claims are devoid of merit, and why they should not have been given a scientific veneer of legitimacy. We also outline some hallmarks of potentially dubious science, with the hope that authors, reviews and editors might be better able to avoid suspect scientific claims.

Read the paper here. 


The labeling issue, by a 'mildly autistic' 'high-functioning' 'person with Asperger Syndrome’