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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A Seamless Path for Families

The Autism Navigator® is linked with a tiered system of online courses, tools, and resources to support families. Families are first invited for universal screening with the Smart Early Screening for Autism and Communication Disorders (ESAC) beginning at 9 months of age and to join a parent portal. This portal posts the screening report and sends invitations to the tiered system of supports for families based on the child’s screening outcome. Families are invited to be re-screened every 3 to 6 months until 30 months of age. Following are the tiered supports for families:

16 Gestures by 16 Months and more

For all families—the 16 by 16™ Lookbook series helps families and others learn critical social communication skills that children should reach by 16 months to help their child learn to talk.

Social Communication Growth Charts

For all families—explore video clips to learn key social communication milestones that develop from 9 to 24 months and chart their child’s social communication development.

About Autism in Toddlers

For families of children with a positive screen for autism—to learn about the early signs of autism with video clips of over a dozen toddlers with ASD at 18-24 months of age, see early intervention in action.

ASD Video Glossary

For families of children with a positive screen for autism who want more information—to see a library of hundreds of video clips illustrating diagnostic features and many different interventions.

How-To Guide for Families

For families who suspect their child has ASD— get started right away, learn intervention strategies to use in their everyday activities, and support their child’s learning and development.

16 by 16™

Did you know that all children should have 16 gestures by 16 months? The 16 by 16™ series is a public awareness campaign designed to help families and others learn critical social communication skills that children should reach by 16 months in order to launch language learning, literacy, and much more by 24 months. This series of online Lookbooks illustrate with photographs each of the critical skills to provide a roadmap for families to monitor their child’s early development and celebrate these important small steps their child is making. This information can help families notice small delays early in order to prevent bigger delays later and give all children an edge before preschool to better prepare for success in Kindergarten.

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Social Communication Growth Charts

Most parents and professionals are familiar with early motor milestones— when infants learn to hold their head up, turn over, sit up, crawl, and walk. However, few parents or professionals know the key milestones of social, communication, and language development. Yet these milestones offer a critical window into an infant’s well being and are the earliest signs of healthy development and school readiness. These Growth Charts are available free to families who have been invited by their doctor or health care provider. Parents can explore our side-by-side video player to see video clips illustrating 80 social communication milestones that develop from 9 to 24 months of age in 5 different domains. They can watch the clips again with narration to see how they can support their child’s development. Parents can chart their child’s development and celebrate these early critical steps as they watch their children grow. The Growth Charts offer an unparalleled video library of hundreds of video clips of typically developing infants and toddlers interacting with their family in everyday activities. This information will help parents be better equipped to monitor their child’s development and share and express concerns with their primary care physician if their child has not yet met expected developmental milestones.

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Autism Navigator® — 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 2 hours to go through all of the slides and videos, or you can spend a few minutes and visit again later.

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Autism Navigator® — ASD Video Glossary

The ASD Video Glossary is a web-based tool built to help families and professionals learn more about the early signs of autism. This tool was developed by the Florida State University Autism Institute in collaboration with First Signs and Autism Speaks and has been available to the public free of charge since 2007. The Glossary contains more than 100 video clips illustrating the diagnostic features of ASD. Side-by-side video clips show behaviors that are typical in contrast with those that are red flags for autism. The Glossary also contains over 100 video clips to illustrate different common treatments available for children with autism. The ASD Video Glossary is being brought into the Autism Navigator collection and updated both in content based on the new DSM-5 diagnostic framework and in technology for accessibility on mobile devices. The updated ASD Video Glossary will be launched in early 2016.

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Autism Navigator® — How-To Guide for Families

This interactive web-based course is for families who suspect their toddler 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 toddlers with ASD. This How-To Guide for Families will also be instrumental for early intervention providers to use with families to improve outcomes of toddlers with ASD and their families.

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