Pyramid Approach to Education: Establishing Effective Learning Environments for Children with Autism or Developmental Disabilities and Severe Learning Impairments

This workshop will be presented LIVE ONLINE via the Zoom platform.

The Pyramid Approach is based on two different types of learning elements: structural and instructional. Through the use of applied behavior analysis, this method provides the foundation for a positive environment for growth. Structural elements focus on functional activities and communication, powerful reinforcers, and behavior intervention plans. These elements form the base of the Pyramid Approach, creating the necessary positive setting that will foster learning. Instructional elements include lesson formats, prompt strategies, error correction strategies (uniquely developed and suited to specific prompting strategies), and generalization. When all of the elements of the educational pyramid are combined, this system results in success in a broad array of settings. The Pyramid offers a unique blend of applied behavior analysis and an emphasis upon the development of functional communication skills, regardless of communication modality. The Pyramid emphasizes how to teach, rather than simply what to teach.

About the Workshop:

This practical, interactive workshop provides a blueprint for building effective learning environments, resulting in direct positive outcomes for learners. Through lecture, video example, discussion, and activities, participants will understand the rationale for implementing each of the nine elements of the Pyramid Approach as well as how to apply the information in a myriad of settings. The “why” of learning and the “how” of teaching are described using the three-dimensional shape of the pyramid, which symbolizes an integrated and interactive framework for teaching. This workshop will guide professionals, parents, caretakers, and teams in designing an effective program. Participants will leave this workshop with many new tools to add to their “teaching toolkit” and empowered with the knowledge of how to apply them in each individual situation.


This workshop will be presented LIVE and ONLINE via the Zoom platform.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, paraprofessionals, parent/caregivers- anyone who lives or works with individuals with special learning needs.
LIFE skills, Special Education, Autism
1 - Planning, T-TESS 3 - Learning Environment, T-TESS 1.1 - Planning: Standards and Alignment, T-TESS 3.1 - Learning Environment: Classroom Environment Routines and Procedures, T-TESS 3.2 - Learning Environment: Managing Student Behavior
Online, Live Broadcast

CPE Credits: 13.00  
Registration Closes: 8/3/2020 8:00 am
Mon. 8/3/2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Tue. 8/4/2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm