The Thompson Center offers six free online autism 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 full-length 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. The final module is a brief introduction to the Autism Friendly Business initiative.
|Understanding Autism in Young Children||Screening
|Evidence-Based Practice and Interventions||Transition
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.
Enroll in the “Understanding Autism in Young Children” module here.
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.
Enroll in the “Screening and Referral” module here.
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.
Enroll in the “Evidence-Based Practice and Interventions” module here.
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 what both families and educators can do to support the process for transition from adolescence to becoming an adult and why employment is essential.
Enroll in the “Transition to Adulthood” module here.
We know that having a successful support system and team can have a large impact on the life of an individual with autism, so this module focuses on how to effectively build and maintain family and professional partnerships. Throughout the course of this training you will hear from the perspectives of several parents who will share their experiences in building professional partnerships to address the needs of their children and family, as well as from several professionals as they share recommendations on how to effectively team with families to best serve the individuals that they are working with.
Enroll in the “Family-Professional Partnerships” module here.
This course is an introduction to how businesses can be autism friendly in their hiring practices. This brief module will provide some basic steps that your business can take to hire and maintain employees with autism.
Enroll in the “Autism Friendly Business: Considerations for Human Resource” module here.
The online 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 online autism training modules, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.