Direct Instruction for Exceptional Learners


DI is a systematic approach to teaching basic academic skills. It involves the use of carefully designed curriculum with detailed sequences of instruction. Students are taught individually or in small groups that are made up of students with similar academic skills. Instructors follow a script for presenting materials, requiring frequent responses from students, minimizing errors, and giving positive reinforcement (such as praise) for correct responding (Association for Science in Autism Treatment). Group instruction is important for providing the least restrictive programs. Many programs are adopting the highly effective system of Direct Instruction. This webinar will describe how to set up and implement DI programs for students with disabilities in small groups. *Participant complaints regarding this or any other BACB CE event requirements violations must first be directed, in writing, to the Relias Learning ACE Coordinator, Rhonda Davin, PhD. Please contact Dr. Davin via email: [email protected] The ACE Coordinator will make every reasonable attempt to resolve participant complaints; however, should the ACE Coordinator be unable to resolve the complaint, the complainant may file a formal complaint directly with the BACB.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


This course is designed to meet Type 2 CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-DI
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Includes coverage of teaching language and literacy with DI
Provides video examples of instructional elements central to DI
Provides foundations in establishing group instructional control
Explores ways the lessons can be presented to exceptional learners for optimum success
Instructor: Randi Saulter
Randi Saulter has worked as a speech/language pathologist and special educator. She has served as a district-wide program coordinator for special education; and worked as curriculum director for schools and districts. In addition, Randi has been a lecturer at San Francisco State University for the Department of Communicative Disorders, the Department of Special Education and the Department of Elementary Education. Disclosure: Randi Saulter has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA
In 2008 Emaley McCulloch co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC and is currently the Director of Behavioral Products and Research at Relias Learning. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has 17 years experience in the field of autism and ABA and has provided and overseen services to individuals between the ages of 18 months to 24 years in homes, schools and clinical settings. For eight years she served as a consultant and supervisor at agencies based in Hawaii and Japan where she trained groups of professionals and parents. Emaley’s passion is staff training, dissemination of evidenced-based interventions, film and videography and using technology in the field of behavior analysis and special education. Disclosure: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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