Practical Strategies For Identifying And Assessing Infants And Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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0.35 ASHA CEUs

$69.00

$55.00


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Learn to identify behavioral characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children as young as 12-15 months.


"The different screening and assessment tools will definitely help me with my practice The videos and resources were very helpful and informative!"

– S.M., prior course participant

Recent evidence indicates that behavioral characteristics of ASD can be seen in some children as young as 12-15 months of age and in many by 18 months. This online course will highlight the research findings on key social communicative, sensory, and play behaviors shown to be symptomatic of ASD diagnosis. Video examples of infants and toddlers with ASD will be used to illustrate what these behaviors look like in young children. Particular emphasis will be on

  • (1) early behaviors indicative of an ASD diagnosis.
  • (2) early screening and assessment tools and the practical issues that surround their use.
  • (3) working closely with families and other professionals in early identification and screening.

Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 contact hours.

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this course for 1.5 hours of EI credential credit in the area of Assessment, 1 hour in Atypical Development, and 1 hour in Working with Families (3.5 Total).

Course Overview – Run Time: 3:46:68

  • Identify symptoms of ASD in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Choose appropriate tools for screening for ASD and assessing communication and play skills in young children with ASD.
  • Describe strategies for collaborating with parents and other professionals in screening and assessing this population.
"All of the characteristics clearly described were helpful, as well as how to discuss information with caregivers. I appreciated all the strategies at the end about actually discussing the results with parents. This is not a typically discussed topic, but she had many excellent suggestions."

– S.D., prior course participant

Over 98% of prior course participants would recommend this course to their SLP colleagues.

"I learned so much from this course. To be able to focus on early signs of ASD will be beneficial for my practice." A.M. (Apr. 2022)

"Lots of practical tips, videos, and time to process information with examples." M.M. (Mar. 2022)

"I learned to look for and identify Autism red flags in young children, how to talk to parents with children who present with these red flags, and screening/assessment tools that can be used." M.M. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the diagnostic indicators – videos were helpful." S.E. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the new data on assessing children with red flags for Autism, and the flexibility of an online course." D.J. (Jan. 2022)

"I liked the summary of different screeners and learning the strengths of different screeners – the videos were very helpful." J.F. (Dec. 2021)

"A good refresher of the different assessment batteries and screeners available. I enjoyed the presenter's style and overall format, and the supplemental videos were helpful." A.C. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the detailed descriptions to identify symptoms." P.J. (Oct. 2021)

"The course was very informative and formatted well." M.G. (Oct. 2021)

"Very practical and thorough course." M.N. (Oct. 2021)

"The videos were a great addition to the presentation. Learning what the key features of autism are in infants and toddlers and being able to list examples was good." N.R. (Sept. 2021)

"The entire course was very informative. I enjoyed the descriptive nature of characteristics and video examples." M.H. (May 2021)

“I loved the videos! It helped the discussion come together and was very functional. I am a newer SLP and trying to build on my skills for assessing and discussing autism with parents of young toddlers who are suspecting something but not autism. I feel much more confident in my ability to feel confident in what I am observing and LOVED the tools to support what we are seeing. I liked how Dr. Crais discussed how to bring concerns to families in a way that will be supportive but informative.” D.D. (Apr. 2021)

“I liked the breakdown between social interaction/communication and repetitive behaviors, and the different subcategories under each grouping.” D.O. (Feb. 2021)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the videos with specifics examples.” K.N. (Feb. 2021)

"The different screening and assessment tools will definitely help me with my practice The videos and resources were very helpful and informative! As well as updated studies and results." S.M. (Jan. 2021)

"All of the characteristics clearly described were helpful, as well as how to discuss information with caregivers. I appreciated all the strategies at the end about actually discussing the results with parents. This is not a typically discussed topic, but she had many excellent suggestions." S.D. (Jan. 2021)

"I thought the video examples were helpful. I also liked how the presenter outlined a conversation with parents. I find this difficult and uncomfortable, but having some structure to the conversation in mind will be helpful to me when discussing this with families. I also thought it gave clear information, and I could easily follow along with what the presenter was saying." J.L. (Dec. 2020)

"I am looking into doing EI PRN. If and when I do, all aspects of this course will be extremely helpful. I enjoyed the way the presenter explained the information. She made the information easy to understand by giving specific examples and through numerous videos." J.G. (Dec. 2020)

"I loved the overview of things to look for in young children. The course was so very, very informative." A.S. (Apr. 2020)

The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.

Course Format

Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify symptoms of ASD in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  2. Choose appropriate tools for screening for ASD and assessing communication and play skills in young children with ASD.
  3. Describe strategies for collaborating with parents and other professionals in screening and assessing this population.

OT Process: Evaluation: analysis of occupational performance; Intervention: Develop intervention plan & approaches

Presenter & Disclosures

Elizabeth Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Professor and Coordinator of Ph.D. Studies in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences (DSHS) of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS) in the UNC-CH Medical School. She has 40 years of experience in working with children and youth with disabilities. Her research interests include ASD identification and intervention, personnel preparation, and implementation of family-centered practices.  She has served as a Principal Investigator or Investigator on four IES grants and one Autism Speaks grant, all focused in the area of ASD. She and colleagues have developed both home-based parent-mediated and preschool-based interventions for children with ASD. She has been the Project Director or Co-Director on several Department of Education-funded personnel preparation projects at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, some of which focused on children with ASD. Dr. Crais is the parent of a youth with intellectual disabilities.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Elizabeth Crais is a presenter of an online CE course sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments. 

Nonfinancial — Elizabeth Crais has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP
  • OT

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education. Provider #1654.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Course Completion Timeframe:

You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.

However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.

Content Access:

Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

Certificate of Completion:

On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.

ASHA CE Registry Submission:

During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

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What is an Online Course?

Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.

Receiving CEUs:

Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.

Registering for an online course:

You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.

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Testing requirements:

Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.

Number of CEUs offered:

We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.

State licensing boards and online CEUs:

NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.

Course formats:

Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.

Course handouts:

Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file. 

Group discounts:

Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.

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Course Cancellation Policy:

A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded. 

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Reviews

"I learned so much from this course. To be able to focus on early signs of ASD will be beneficial for my practice." A.M. (Apr. 2022)

"Lots of practical tips, videos, and time to process information with examples." M.M. (Mar. 2022)

"I learned to look for and identify Autism red flags in young children, how to talk to parents with children who present with these red flags, and screening/assessment tools that can be used." M.M. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the diagnostic indicators – videos were helpful." S.E. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the new data on assessing children with red flags for Autism, and the flexibility of an online course." D.J. (Jan. 2022)

"I liked the summary of different screeners and learning the strengths of different screeners – the videos were very helpful." J.F. (Dec. 2021)

"A good refresher of the different assessment batteries and screeners available. I enjoyed the presenter's style and overall format, and the supplemental videos were helpful." A.C. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the detailed descriptions to identify symptoms." P.J. (Oct. 2021)

"The course was very informative and formatted well." M.G. (Oct. 2021)

"Very practical and thorough course." M.N. (Oct. 2021)

"The videos were a great addition to the presentation. Learning what the key features of autism are in infants and toddlers and being able to list examples was good." N.R. (Sept. 2021)

"The entire course was very informative. I enjoyed the descriptive nature of characteristics and video examples." M.H. (May 2021)

“I loved the videos! It helped the discussion come together and was very functional. I am a newer SLP and trying to build on my skills for assessing and discussing autism with parents of young toddlers who are suspecting something but not autism. I feel much more confident in my ability to feel confident in what I am observing and LOVED the tools to support what we are seeing. I liked how Dr. Crais discussed how to bring concerns to families in a way that will be supportive but informative.” D.D. (Apr. 2021)

“I liked the breakdown between social interaction/communication and repetitive behaviors, and the different subcategories under each grouping.” D.O. (Feb. 2021)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the videos with specifics examples.” K.N. (Feb. 2021)

"The different screening and assessment tools will definitely help me with my practice The videos and resources were very helpful and informative! As well as updated studies and results." S.M. (Jan. 2021)

"All of the characteristics clearly described were helpful, as well as how to discuss information with caregivers. I appreciated all the strategies at the end about actually discussing the results with parents. This is not a typically discussed topic, but she had many excellent suggestions." S.D. (Jan. 2021)

"I thought the video examples were helpful. I also liked how the presenter outlined a conversation with parents. I find this difficult and uncomfortable, but having some structure to the conversation in mind will be helpful to me when discussing this with families. I also thought it gave clear information, and I could easily follow along with what the presenter was saying." J.L. (Dec. 2020)

"I am looking into doing EI PRN. If and when I do, all aspects of this course will be extremely helpful. I enjoyed the way the presenter explained the information. She made the information easy to understand by giving specific examples and through numerous videos." J.G. (Dec. 2020)

"I loved the overview of things to look for in young children. The course was so very, very informative." A.S. (Apr. 2020)