Decades of rigorous research show that children's earliest experiences play a critical role in brain development and life-long outcomes. Starting at birth, children develop brain connections through their everyday experiences. These connections are built through positive interactions with parents and caregivers and by using their senses to interact with the world. Brain connections enable us to move, think, and communicate. That is why the amount of quality care, stimulation, and interaction children receive in their early years is so important. Because the first three years are a critical time, it is important to act early when concerns are raised about a child's development. And when the concerns raised are related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) there are many important things you need to know as an early intervention (EI) professional. Let's begin your journey to a better understanding of ASD, and what will be helpful to you as an early intervention professional to feel equipped and confident to provide the highest quality of service, care, and support.
Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours
- What's Included
- 31 pages
- Optional $20 certficate
- Identify characteristics of ASD and their impact on development
- Identify how to understand the family's perspective when they have concerns and their child is diagnosed with ASD
- List the current practices that have been shown to be evidence-based when working with young children with ASD
Modules on this site are always free. If you would like proof of completion, you can purchase a certificate when you have successfully completed this module. The certificate will provide contact hours for this module.
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Important: If you are an Ohio Early Intervention or Early Childhood provider, this module has received the Ohio Approved (OA) Designation.
To receive credit, please enter your Ohio Professional Registry OPIN in your Profile. If you do not know your OPIN, or you need to create one so you receive Ohio-approved training, visit occrra.org. When you have completed an approved module, you will submit it to OCCRRA by following the prompts provided.