Ocali Autism Internet Modules
Starting 11/9/2022 at 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Event Groups:
• State Support Team Region 5 - State Support Team Region 5


Would you like to learn how to engage students in learning by using their special interests? Join this professional learning community for a FREE 5-session exploration of two OCALI Autism Internet Modules (AIM): Restricted Patterns of Behavior, Interests, and Activities and Using Special Interests in the Classroom. One of the primary characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is restricted and repetitive behaviors, interests, and activities. Individuals on the spectrum may display this characteristic through behaviors related to their special interests. These special interests can be a pathway to engagement and learning.  Strategies and examples for incorporating strong interests into teaching will be shared through this virtual AIM study. AIM Author Bobby Huffman will be a part of this learning community. 


Attendees will be able to describe perseverative special interests of individuals with autism

Attendees will be able to explain how special interests are more than just an interest or hobby to individuals with ASD

Attendees will be able to describe how to use special interests to teach new skills by tapping into the world of the individual with ASD, rather than expecting them to always tap into our world 

Attendees will be able to explain that special interests don’t have to be viewed as something negative and that we should not try to extinguish the interest

Attendees will be able to explain that special interests can often unlock hidden potential and increase engagement

Bobby Huffman Bio:

Bobby Huffman is an intervention and behavioral specialist for Jones Middle School in the Upper Arlington school district. Throughout his teaching career, Bobby has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ages 18 months to 12 years old in both the school and home settings using special interests to increase learning opportunities. Bobby received his master's degree in applied behavior analysis at The Ohio State University where he published research on using special interests in classroom settings. In addition, Bobby is a part-time research assistant for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI).

Autism Internet Modules https://autisminternetmodules.org/

Participants will need to set up a free account to access the two modules: 

  • Restricted Patterns of Behavior, Interests, and Activities 

  • Using Special Interests in the Classroom

ZOOM Webinars will take place from 4:00pm-5:00pm on the following dates:

September 28, 2022

October 12, 2022

October 26, 2022

November 9, 2022

November 30, 2022 

One graduate credit is available for purchase through Ashland University. The assignments are as follows: thoroughly read two OCALI modules entitled, Restricted Patterns of Behavior, Interests, and Activities and Using Special Interests in the Classroom, complete and fulfill all requirements of a Reflection and Application Response Journal on the assigned modules, and attend and participate in the five zoom webinar session listed above. For additional questions regarding assignments for Ashland credit, please contact Marlo Miller at [email protected] 

Register Here for Ashland credit before 11/1/2022.

Ohio Approval (OCCRRA) is pending for this AIM study.

Registration is limited.

Families are encouraged to participate as well!

Click here to register

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