This Autism Interventionist (ROA) program provides intensive training to those students interested in learning how to use the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to implement and design evidence-based behavioural intervention plans.

This ROA program enables students to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be employed as Instructors/Therapists in a variety of home and professional settings.

Entry Requirements

The basic admission requirement is the Ontario Secondary Graduation Diploma.

Consideration is also given to mature persons over the age of 19, who do not possess a high school diploma. Mature students may be advised to take college preparatory English. Refer to the College/University preparatory section of the calendar or website. It is preferable that students have a completed degree in education, psychology or diploma in E.C.E., social services, child and youth or developmental service worker, or educational assistant diploma/certificate.

New students can begin the program in any of the three semesters (Fall, Winter, Summer).


It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.

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This course provides a brief overview of the characteristics, causes, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To best understand the complexity of ASD, students will learn topics with a developmental perspective, and will be provided with information about the social, linguistic, and behavioural development of both typically developing children, and children with ASD. We will begin in the early years, and progress through adolescence and into adulthood. For example, the development of social understanding, empathy, play, and language, will be addressed across the lifespan. As well, children with ASD live within a larger family unit, and their unique role will be taken into account. Lastly, we will explore a number of community resources available for individuals with ASD.

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Introduction To Behaviour Analysis



This course provides a broad overview of the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), with specific applications to the treatment and education of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA is compared and contrasted to Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), as well as examined from a historical perspective. The basic principles of Learning Theory are covered in detail. Students also learn to identify and implement a wide range of technologies used to establish and build appropriate skill repertoires for individuals with autism. In addition, systematic strategies to promote generalization and the maintenance of skills are covered.

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Methods Of Instruction


ABA100, ABA200

This course provides students with an understanding of how the basic principles of behavioural analysis are applied to the treatment and education of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students are exposed to various skill acquisition teaching methods and are given the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on their teaching techniques. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to visit centre-based programs who currently implement ABA technologies for individuals with autism.

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To be eligible to receive the Autism Interventionist Recognition of Achievement (ROA) students must successfully complete the 3 theory  courses.

The curriculum includes the study of Autism Spectrum Disorders, the principles of Behaviour Analysis, and methods of ABA instruction.

Program Outcomes

The outcomes of the Autism ROA program are:

  1. Acquiring knowledge in the areas of concepts, terminology, and program implementation skills.
  2. Learning concepts, terminology, and skills that are drawn from research evidence-based in the fields of applied behaviour analysis, early behavioural intervention, child development, autism and development disabilities, and support for families of children with developmental disabilities.
  3. Utilizing practical methods of instruction based on behavioural principles including the use of: measurable learning outcomes; mastery criteria; clearly specified instructional content; effective instructional techniques; and direct measurement of learner's knowledge and skill acquisition.
  4. The Autism Interventionist will acquire the following competencies in the program:
    • Ability to create a stimulating, and educational environment that is motivating for the child.
    • Ability to implement skill building programs for a child with autism.
    • Ability to deal effectively with a child's maladaptive or inappropriate behaviours.
    • Ability to take data reliably and maintain accurate records.
    • Ability to work with others in a team context.
    • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and professionalism.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Office of the Registrar.


Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.

Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant

416-491-5050 ext.22512

Norma Columbus
Program Coordinator

416-491-5050 ext.22847

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.