About Autism in Toddlers
  • Our first online course – FREE to the public
  • For families, professionals, or anyone interested in learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Video clips of over a dozen toddlers with ASD at 18-24 months of age

Courses for parents, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about autism.

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About Autism in Toddlers

Our first online course free to the public is for families, professionals, or anyone interested in learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You will learn about the core diagnostic features and early signs of autism in toddlers, the critical importance of early detection and early intervention, and current information on prevalence and causes of autism. This self-paced course has video clips of over a dozen toddlers with ASD at 18-24 months of age. It takes about 3 hours to go through all of the slides and videos or spend a few minutes and visit again later.

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Autism Navigator® — How-To Guide for Families

This interactive web-based course is for families who suspect their young child has autism or a social communication delay. It will put in the hands of families hundreds of video illustrations of evidence-based intervention techniques they can implement in everyday activities to support their child’s learning as soon as they suspect autism. This interactive program will teach families how to embed strategies and supports into their everyday activities, provide developmental growth charts to help families recognize and monitor meaningful outcomes, and offer a video library to illustrate how to promote learning and development for young children with ASD. This How-To Guide for Families will also be instrumental for early intervention providers to use with families to improve outcomes of young children with ASD and their families.

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Autism Navigator® for Primary Care

This interactive web-based professional development course is designed for providers who work with the general pediatric population to increase the capacity for universal screening to improve early detection of ASD, make referrals for children with or at risk for ASD, and help families access resources, support, and early intervention sooner. The course is for physicians and other healthcare providers in primary care, service coordinators and other team members in early intervention systems making decisions about eligibility, as well as child development specialists in early learning environments who screen and make referrals. This 8-hour course integrates current research with video illustrations of over two dozen toddlers with ASD and families participating in early screening, diagnosis, and intervention. Users can get CMEs or other continuing education units. Users who complete the course have access to the tiered system of family supports with an online screening tool, Social Communication Growth Charts, and other resources for families they serve. Group rates are available for Autism Navigator courses. If you are interested, please contact us.

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Autism Navigator® for Early Intervention Providers

This interactive web-based professional development course is designed to increase the capacity of early intervention providers to better serve infants and toddlers with or at risk for ASD and their families. The 30-hour self-paced course at the Knowledge and Skills level integrates current research with extensive video illustrations covering 5 topics: 1) Improving Early Detection, 2) Collaborating with Families, 3) Developmental Perspectives, 4) Evidence-based Intervention Strategies, and 5) Addressing Challenging Behaviors. A certificate of completion and continuing education units are available upon completion of each unit. The Mastery level course supports ongoing learning and application with extensive libraries of video clips and self-guided lessons for providers to gain more experience practicing and implementing the concepts and to access more video examples to better serve families. Using strategies based on implementation science to support statewide or regional system change, the Mastery level is the initial training of Autism Navigator regional specialists to mentor and support learning of other early intervention providers. Users are invited to attend monthly interactive webinars for each course level with research briefs, focused topics identified by learners, and video review with chat discussion and be part of a larger Autism Navigator learner community. Group rates are available for Autism Navigator courses. If you are interested, please contact us.

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Social Communication Development in Infants and Toddlers

Children learn to talk at an amazing rate but what does it take to learn to talk? Social communication milestones offer a critical window into the wellbeing of infants and toddlers and are the earliest signs of healthy development and school readiness. This online Knowledge and Skills level course is designed as a stand-alone course for continuing education units or a module within a university course for undergraduates or beginning graduate students. It is geared for any discipline that works with young children and families, including child development, communication science and disorders, psychology, social work, early childhood education and special education, nursing, pediatrics, family medicine, or other related fields. This self-paced course has an Explore function with side-by-side video players to illustrate 80 social communication milestones that develop from 9 to 24 months of age organized into two threads for each of 5 domains—language, play, social interaction, emotional regulation, and self-directed learning. The Study Guide function of the course has self-guided Lessons to provide opportunities to study how the social communication milestones shift and change over time from 9 to 24 months, how reaching milestones in these 5 developmental domains culminate in school readiness indicators by 24 months, and how the developmental interaction of reaching these milestones across domains has a cumulative impact that leads to 5 critical paths to learning. Group rates are available for Autism Navigator courses. If you are interested, please contact us.

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