YETI Program

Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI) Yeti logois a social skills intervention framework that uses evidence-based practices and strategies such as video modeling, social narratives, differential reinforcement, role-plays, and visual schedules. Children learn social and communication skills such as joining in peer groups, maintaining conversation, and coping with frustrations. Children learn new skills, practice in a safe environment, and use the new skills at home or school.


MOSSAICMentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus is for UM students and community members diagnosed with Autism and related disorders. MOSSAIC program has five essential components: direct speech language therapy services, peer mentoring, social activities, education readiness and academic support.

Training and consultation

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UM faculty provides professional development and technical assistance throughout Montana. Currently, seven Montana school districts, one adult services provider, one child and family provider, several Head Start and Early Head Start agencies and others take advantage of these services ranging from traditional lecture-style events to in vivo coaching and modeling formats. In the past, services have been provided to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and to the Montana Department of Corrections. UM supports the statewide Autism Act Early Team and is a member of the Governor-appointed Best Beginnings Advisory Council.

Children’s Autism Waiver 0667 1915(c) Waiver

Children’s Autism Waiver 0667 1915(c) Waiver Presented by: Novelene Martin, Bureau Chief
Developmental Disabilities Program
Date: May 11, 2017
The OPI Montana Autism Education Project is offering a limited number of registration scholarships for the Montana Association of School Psychologists Summer Institute in Billings, June 5 and 6. The registration scholarships are available to school psychologists, special educators, speech-language pathologists and paraeducators working with students with autism in a public school and also to university students in the degree areas of school psychology, special education and communication. The scholarships are for the conference registration only. The OPI will not provide travel reimbursement (gas, food, lodging.)


“Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones” helps families learn what to look for in their children as they grow. For brochure copies email to

MSU Billings offers 3-credit Seminar for BCaBA (Online, Summer)

SPED 597-800 Professional Seminar in SPED - This seminar covers three requirements for the BCaBA credential: (a) ethics, (b) research, and (c) autism. In the past, these requirements were arranged as independent study with faculty, but will be offered in this seminar due to increasing demand. The online course begins June 19 and continues through the first week of August, 2017. This course is offered concurrent with SPED 520 Applied Behavior Analysis - 3 credits (also online).

Online Training

Online Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavior Interventions The OPI Montana Autism Education Project is offering 35 hours of online training in Teaching Procedures (24 hours) and Behavior Interventions (11 hours) to public school staff in Montana who educate students with autism spectrum disorders.

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