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Online Training Modules

The Thompson Center offers five free online training modules to individuals wanting to learn more about autism. The modules were developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, a project funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities. The five modules provide information of topics such as: autism in young children, the screening and referral process, evidence-based practices and interventions, transitions to adulthood and building the family- professional partnership.

Free Training Modules

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Understanding Autism in Young Children

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Screening and Referral

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-Based Practice and Interventions

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Transition to Adulthood

Building Family-Professional Partnerships

What is the Understanding Autism training module?

This module is an overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the criteria used to diagnose children with ASD. Family members, childcare providers, school personnel and others who interact with young children are encouraged to take this training module to learn more about the signs of ASD. 
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What is the Screening and Referral training module?

This module focuses on screening for ASD. It also describes the next steps if referral for further evaluation is needed. Health care providers, childcare providers, school personnel, family members, and others who interact with young children are encouraged to take this training module to learn more about this process. 
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What is the Evidence-Based Practice and Interventions training module?

This module explores the importance of using evidence-based interventions when working with children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The module provides an overview of 11 interventions that have the strongest research evidence for their effectiveness. It also discusses factors to consider when choosing interventions for individual children. School personnel, care providers and family members will learn of additional resources that can enhance their ability to select and provide high quality interventions for children and youth with ASD. 
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What is the Transition to Adulthood training module?

As individuals with ASD leave the high school setting they need to be prepared for the next stage of life experiences and becoming an adult. Families often ask where, how and when do I start this process? This training module is an overview of life skill areas to address during the planning process for the transition from adolescence to becoming an adult. The life skill areas covered in this training are: Community Living, including self-advocacy and self-determination, Health and Safety, Education and Training, Employment and Adult Services. 
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What is the Family-Professional Partnerships training module?

Family-centered care is an innovative approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients and families. Partnering is a part of the family-centered care approach and is defined as families and professionals experiencing equal value as partners at the table and receiving mutual benefit from the knowledge and perspectives that are shared. The information provided in this training represents one aspect of quality care provision for individuals with autism and special healthcare needs. The module focuses on how medical providers can partner with families to provide health care or their patients. Information will be provided about predictors of families who may need more support, the advantages of partnering with families in the care of children with special health care needs and effective strategies for developing and sustaining partnerships for families.

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The autism training modules were developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, a project funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities. The online version of the modules were created through a partnership with the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri Extension, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities Office of Autism Services. The modules are hosted on the University of Missouri Extension website. It is recommended that you bookmark the module once you have logged in to view it .

For more information about the training modules, contact: trainings@missouri.edu.