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, and (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).
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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.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
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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.
This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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:
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:
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.
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.
Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
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.
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.
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.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
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.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
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.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
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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"I loved the overview of things to look for in young children. The course was so very, very informative." – A.S. (Apr. 2020)
"I enjoyed the videos, statistics, and the presenter's expertise and knowledge about the course." – H.F. (Mar. 2020)
"The information on early development (especially the 6-24 month old children) and different testing available was most beneficial. It's very useful for explaining to parents why there might be a concern." – K.S. (Feb. 2020)
"I particularly enjoyed the discussion of play and the play skills that are difficult for children with ASD have difficulties learning. This will greatly assist me in my daily practice as I often use play in my therapy and will now be better able to assess what I observe." – K.H. (Jan. 2020)
"Excellent speaker! Great speaking style! I work in EI so this fit what I do. I appreciated the multiple videos showing both typical and atypical behaviors so that I SEE what I am looking for." – G.D. (Dec. 2019)
"Very clear description of how to identify autism. I appreciated the side by side examples of normal development versus autistic like behaviors. It was presented well, very clear and easy to understand, good pace, excellent video examples, and extremely useful information for daily practice on how to identify and assess autism." – A.C. (Nov. 2019)
"I found it very beneficial to learn just how early symptoms of ASD can be seen in infants/toddlers and to have those characteristics presented in a very clear, concise and structured way. I am able to apply these learnings to my EI practice immediately." – L.M.W. (Oct. 2019)
"The presenter was very knowledgeable. The information provided was presented clearly and was useful." – A.G. (Sept. 2019)
"I liked the practical application to clinical practice. Going over the specific attributes of infants/toddlers with ASD was especially useful." – S.P. (July 2019)
"I liked the video comparisons of typical toddlers and ASD." – L.M. (July 2019)
"Going over discussing possible ASD diagnosis with parents was most beneficial." – J.G. (July 2019)
"Each of the linked videos was very helpful to get a clear picture of what was being discussed." – C.S. (June 2019)
"I appreciated the assessment tools for early detection of autism signs as well as the life examples/videos." – J.D. (June 2019)
"I found the discussion on the age at which a child can be identified as possibly being on the spectrum. As an EI provider, this is most of my caseload now. I appreciated the convenience and quality of the information. I'm grateful for NSS, particularly the diverse, quality courses you offer. I feel that I'm always on top of my game with education from this organization. Your CSR department is stellar. I don't go anywhere else for education." – S.G. (May 2019)
"I enjoyed learning more about the screening tools available. They are free! This will be helpful for the age group that I work within Private Practice." – K.O. (Apr. 2019)
"Learning about the atypical behaviors that occur for infants and toddlers with ASD was most beneficial. I liked seeing the video samples of children with ASF." – E.B. (Mar. 2019)
"The information about significant differences in the 15 to 18-month population was very helpful. I am an EI SLP and am often the first in the home when concerns arise. The video presentations really highlighted the presentation of data." – S.S. (Mar. 2019)
"The entire module was beneficial overall. This was an excellent training opportunity." – J.G. (Jan. 2019)
"I appreciated the presenter's breakdown of the types of play. I work with children in early intervention and help families to understand the importance of play and moving their children beyond the exploratory/sensorimotor phase. I liked the way the presenter breaks down and describes the different phases in ways that can easily be relayed to families." – J.W. (Dec. 2018)
"Really well-rounded and interesting presentation. Liked visiting the various practices of talking to parents about results. Liked that the materials were diverse and the presenter had an expressive voice for an audio presentation. Enjoyed the video examples." – M.S. (Oct. 2018)
"I found the entire presentation to be a stellar example of what online presentations should be. There were excellent slides, commentary, and explanations throughout the presentation." – S.M. (Sept. 2018)
"The video examples really helped. All of the testing methods that I did not have knowledge about were the best part of the course." – G.M. (July 2018)
"I think the course was very helpful. I liked the examples and videos as well as the various screening tools available and clarification about symptoms." – M.E. (May 2018)
"I appreciated the screening tools mentioned." – J.R. (Feb. 2018)
"I liked how applicable this course is to my role at work, and I especially enjoyed her going over the signs before 12 months." – W.W. (Jan. 2018)
"I found the updated data surrounding prevalence as well as the detail on the screeners available to be helpful. The course included several videos that were good to visually see what was being explained." – S.B. (Dec. 2017)
"The comparison of typical vs atypical behaviors presented in multiple formats (shown in video, spoken, powerpoint) was very helpful. The resources that were provided will also be extremely beneficial for my daily practice." – S.R. (Dec. 2017)
"The presenter had an excellent command of the subject matter, and she explained the content clearly. The videos were excellent." – M.C.E. (Nov. 2017)
"I greatly appreciated the discussion of how to talk to the families about results pertaining to Autism and also the focus on play development." – D.N. (Nov. 2017)
"I enjoyed the discussions on viewing each child as unique, identifying their strengths and areas for growth, and the use of more systematic methods for assessing young children that are at risk for ASD. I liked the videos, as well as the resources to assist with assessment and reviewing results with families/CG." – D.S. (Sept. 2017)
"I found the topic beneficial OVERALL! I like the videos/examples provided. I like that I could work the course around my work schedule. It was convenient and easy to follow." – D.G. (Aug. 2017)
"All of it was beneficial! I loved learning about how to spot the signs of autism in young infants, as well as toddlers. Hopefully, knowing what I do now, I can help to intervene with kids earlier. I also loved the screenings and assessments covered in this lecture. I felt it was within the scope of the lecture and went into just enough detail. I thought the whole course was excellent! I wouldn't change anything." – W.L. (Aug. 2017)
"Learning about the CDC website with information and videos to share with others and families were excellent. The videos help a lot." – D.T. (July 2017)
"I appreciated the different screening tools available as well as the reminder of what typically developing looks like. The video examples were great!" – L.R. (June 2017)
"The details of specific behaviors observed at specific ages was very helpful. I work with 3-5-year-olds who are already coded for significant receptive and expressive language delays. I'm thrilled that early identification of ASD is progressing. I wanted to know how to identify risk in the birth through toddler range." – S.P. (June 2017)
"I really enjoyed the in-depth description of repetitive behaviors/restrictive behaviors, etc. Also, I very much appreciated the summary of various screening and testing tools. I appreciated how the course 'broke down' the signs and symptoms of autism and how each can be interpreted. Loved the video examples, too!" – W.R. (May 2017)
"I love the screening and testing tools section as well as ideas on sharing results with parents. The course is easy to follow along with and nicely organized." – A.J. (Apr. 2017)
"The description of children with ASD was helpful. The YouTube videos were great." – E.L. (Mar. 2017)
"The speaker communicated in a clear easy to understand way. Loved the combination of videos and slides. Congratulations! Will definitely recommend this course to my colleagues." – A.B.L. (Feb. 2017)
"I found the research on early identification most helpful. I work with young toddlers and there is often skepticism about when to refer for testing. I enjoyed the examples/videos." – A.T. (Feb. 2017)
"As I work in an early intervention setting, all of the e-course was beneficial! There was a nice review of information that I have learned from other sources, but the information that was completely new to me was the information about early vocalizations (i.e., atypical acoustics at 6 months and lower proportion of canonical syllables) and which repetitive behaviors are earlier or later developing." – J.G. (Feb. 2017)
"I appreciate feeling confident in sharing/discussing red flags with family and recommending full developmental assessment. The videos were very helpful." – S.G. (Jan. 2017)
"The review of social and communication milestones of infants and toddlers was very helpful. I liked the use of videos to compare typical toddlers and atypical toddlers." – M.N. (Jan. 2017)
"The discussion regarding the assessment tools was most beneficial. The videos enhanced the course and made it more real by seeing examples of what was being discussed." – W.L. (Dec. 2016)
"I appreciated going over the early markers to be aware of. I liked that the speaker had a very soothing voice! Also like watching videos that sharply contrasted normal-developing skills to early ASD markers." – J.D. (Dec. 2016)
"I liked the way the videos were included in the course." – P.M. (Dec. 2016)
"The portion on how to interact with parents was excellent. I liked that the course was very easy to follow." – K.H. (Dec. 2016)
"Everything was beneficial. I liked the format, flow and the videos to support the narrative." – A.G. (Dec. 2016)
"Going over how to evaluate was very useful. Easy to understand, step by step." – L.W. (Dec. 2016)
"The discussion on how to diagnose was most helpful. I liked the handouts." – I.E. (Dec. 2016)
"This is great - very timely. The talking to the parent part is very beneficial - no one is comfortable approaching the subject." – C.T. (Nov. 2016)
"This is an excellent course for any clinician that needs specific information on diagnosing or evaluating a young child that is possibly or has been diagnosed as being on the spectrum. School Based SLPs could use a lot of this information to include in their speech and language assessments for younger children entering the district. It would be very appropriate for a speech pathologist to comment on these skills during assessment and re-evaluation procedures. The format was amazing. There were so many specific examples that had videos to ensure comprehension." – M.K. (Oct. 2016)