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Because identification of ASD is important, it is crucial that those who work with school age children and older individuals understand how to screen and detect signs of autism. This module will answer the following questions about screening:

  • What is screening?

  • Why screen for ASD and other developmental disabilities?

  • What are early red flags of ASD?

  • Who should screen children? 

  • When should children be screened? 

  • Who is involved in screening?

  • What screening tools are available?

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 18 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Describe screening purposes and processes
  2. Explain why universal screening is a recommended practice
  3. Identify and describe developmental and ASD-specific screening tools
  4. Explain why early identification is important
  5. Identify who should be involved in screening
  6. List challenges related to screening
  7. Explain recommended screening processes and procedures

Module Contributors

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She is co-creator of a comprehensive model of intervention. Along with Dr. Barry Grossman, Dr. Aspy has written The Ziggurat Model, winner of the 2008 Autism Society of America Award for literary book of the year. Dr. Aspy speaks internationally. She has experience in both clinical and school settings. Dr. Aspy has facilitated in the establishment of innovative training programs for parents of children with ASD.

Annette Wragge, M.S.

Annette Wragge is the State Coordinator for Nebraska's Autism Spectrum Disorders Network. Annette received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She provides consultation services to school districts across Southeast Nebraska on designing effective programs for students with ASD. Annette also organizes and provides training opportunities to support the needs of teachers, administrators and parents of children with ASD. She has presented locally and nationally on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Laura Maddox, Ph.D.

Laura Maddox, PhD, BCBA, COBA is the program director for the Center for the Young Child at OCALI. She has directed federal and state grants related to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and in foster care. She was assistant director of the Boys Town Institute for Child Health Improvement, co-director of the Barkley Autism Research Project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and state coordinator of the Nebraska ASD Network. She is a past recipient of the Alice B. Hayden Emerging Leader Award from TASH and the Ruth J. Eichman Early Childhood Educator Award from the Lincoln Public School Foundation.

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