Download the most recent syllabus: HDFS 294 TAP Syllabus 2017 FALL 2017

Instructors: Aaron T. Ebata, Ph.D., Anne Hall, Linda Tortorelli, Cheryl Light-Shriner, Ph.D.

Class Meetings:

  1. Mandatory Orientation Meeting:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019  4:00-5:30 PM
  2. Mandatory Class Meetings: Wednesdays, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (begins January 16, 2019).

Course Description:

This course will provide students with experience in (1) staffing a resource center on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) for families and professionals who work with families, (2) developing information and resources for families and professionals; (3) participating in programs that provide supports or services related to ASDs to
families or professionals, and (4) obtaining training to prepare them for certification as Registered Behavior Technicians* (RBTs).

As a result of this course, participants will:

  1. Develop an understanding of the mission of The Autism Program and become familiar with services that are available from TAP and other agencies and organizations for families in Champaign County in order to provide resource and referral services.
  2. Be able to inform lay audiences about autism spectrum disorders, treatment options, and evidence-informed “best practices” typically used by parents and professionals
  3. Be able to create customized picture schedules and social stories for families and professionals using the Boardmaker software program
  4. Complete online and in-person training to pass the RBT* Competency Assessment and be eligible to register to take the RBT exam.* The Registered Behavior Technician TM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services. The RBT is often referred to as a “line therapist.” More information can be found at:


A more detailed description of staffing procedures, the course schedule, and list of specific assignments will be provided in an updated syllabus.