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Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

1 credit

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Course Overview

In this course, attendees will gain a better understanding of the range of characteristics associated with an autism spectrum disorder, including social skills, communication, behavioral and other characteristics. This course is helpful for professional or paraprofessional staff working with those on the spectrum across a range of settings. Importance of family support will also be discussed. 

Course Length: 50 minutes


By completing this course participants will learn about:

  1. Processes in obtaining a medical and educational evaluation/diagnosis.
  2. Characteristics exhibited by those along the autism spectrum.
  3. Practices identified as evidence-based in supporting students on the autism spectrum.

Meet the Presenters

Betty Lou Rowe, M.Ed.

Betty Lou is an Educational Consultant for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) and Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISMHI), School Based Certified Provider of PEERS®, serving as project manager for behavior consultants and research associate for Bring Change to Mind high school mental health clubs. Betty Lou presents on topics which include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), understanding ASD, challenging behaviors and the FBA process, developing supports (sensory, behavior, communication, instructional) and peer-to-peer program development. She also supports districts and schools who identify areas of need where additional training is necessary to best impact student success.

Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D

Cathy is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism located at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Dr. Pratt is also the director of the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative. Dr. Pratt has served on numerous advisory boards across Indiana and nationally. She writes and presents internationally on the following topics: autism spectrum disorders, ASD and co-occurring Mental Health, functional behavior assessment/positive behavior supports, applied behavior analysis, instructional approaches, evidence-based practices, systems change, and policy.

How to Access

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  4. If you do not already have an IU Guest Account, you must create one. You'll find more information about  creating an IU Guest Account here.
  5. Each registered learner will need to create an IU Guest account to enroll in the course and obtain the course materials.
  6. After obtaining access to an IU Guest Account, come back to this page and click Login to enroll.
  7. Click the Enroll button. And then click the "Enroll in Course" button.  Once enrolled, click "Go to Canvas course" to get started. All coursework will be delivered through Canvas.
  8. After course completion you will return to the IU Expand dashboard,, to obtain your Certificate of Attendance. If you have taken courses for Type II BCBA credit, send an email to Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D,


Length:  1 hour


Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community


Credit: Certificate of Attendance (1 hour); Type 2 BCBA credits available upon course completion.


Audience:  This course is designed for the General Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, School Psychologists, Behavior Consultants, Autism Consultants, Special Education Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Administrators, Classroom Assistants/Paraprofessionals, and Family Members.

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