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Interventions: A Review of Therapies, Models, and Strategies

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center to promote the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. The Center operates through three sites that include the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the M.I.N.D. Institute at University of California at Davis Medical School, and the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Each year, three states are selected through a competitive application process for a two-year partnership with the Professional Development Center. The Center works in coordination with each state's Department of Education, Part C agency, and University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to provide professional development to teachers and practitioners who serve individuals from birth through twenty-two years with autism spectrum disorders. (Select "Evidenced Based Practices")

National Institutes of Health: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's mission is to explore CAM practices using rigorous scientific methods and build an evidence base regarding the safety and effectiveness of these practices. NCCAM achieves its mission through basic, translational ("bench-to-bedside"), and clinical research; research capacity building and training; and education and outreach programs. (Search: evaluating web-based health, web resources)

Autism Internet Modules

The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD.

Connect Modules

Learn about practices to solve dilemmas in early childhood settings: Videos, activities and narratives will guide you through a process to learn about serving children with disabilities

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

The Gray Center For Social Learning and Understanding is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those who work alongside them to improve mutual understanding. We approach the social impairment in ASD as a shared impairment. We work to improve social understanding on both sides of the social equation, helping both persons with ASD and those who interact with them to be able to communicate more effectively.

Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc

Pyramid offers a variety of training opportunities and products that focus on the initiation of communication and the design of effective educational environments. We are the exclusive source of training and consultation for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the Pyramid Approach to Education.


UC Davis MIND Institute Offering  New Parent Training Online Course

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute is offering an exciting  new online course for parents of children with autism and other related neuro-developmental disorders. ADEPT, Autism Distance Education Parent Training Interactive Learning  is designed to give parents useful tools and training to more effectively teach their child functional skills using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques. ADEPT is a 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning course.  The training requires Adobe Flash to run.  

Topics include:

Lesson 1: The ABCs of Skills Teaching

Lesson 2: Understanding Reinforcement

Lesson 3: Using Reinforcement Effectively

Lesson 4: Planning and Preparation

Lesson 5: Creating a Task Analysis

Lesson 6: Prerequisite Skills

Lesson 7: Prompting and Chaining (Part 1)

Lesson 8: Prompting and Chaining (Part 2)

Lesson 9: Setting the Stage for Learning

Lesson 10: Dealing with Errors


Autism Speaks

Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorders


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