Course titleUnderstanding Autism in Young Children
Learning objectiveParticipants will be able to:
•Describe the three primary characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
•Identify three red flags for autism
•Indicate at least one resource for help if you think a child has ASD
•Identify why it is important to screen children early.
•Name a common instrument for ASD screening and describe its characteristics.
•Describe three elements of a good diagnostic assessment.
DescriptionThis module is an overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the criteria used to diagnose children with ASD.

The Understanding Autism training was developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, which is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities. An online module was created from the training through a partnership with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelomental Disorders, University of Missouri Extension, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities Office of Autism Services.

El video de capacitación está disponible en idioma inglés solamente, pero las diapositivas de la presentación y la hoja con recursos están disponibles en idioma español y puede bajarlas. Para acceder a este material traducido debe inscribirse en el curso.

Janet E. Farmer, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs,
Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders,
University of Missouri
Dr. Janet Farmer is the Director of Academic Programs at the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She is a Professor of Health Psychology in the School of Health Professions and Professor of Child Health in the School of Medicine. Dr. Farmer served as one of four members of the Project Leadership Team for the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative on Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment. Additionally, she is a member of the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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