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 currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 888-696-9655.
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. 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.
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 courses include closed captioning.
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 liked the detailed descriptions to identify symptoms." P.J. (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. (Feb. 2021)
“I liked the breakdown between social interaction/communication and repetitive behaviors, and the different subcategories under each grouping.” – D.O. (Dec. 2020)
“I thoroughly enjoyed the videos with specifics examples.” – K.N. (Oct. 2020)
"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. (Aug. 2020)
"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. (Jul. 2020)
"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. (Jun. 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. (May 2020)
"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)