Autism Assessment Toolkit

This is a 10-part series on autism evaluation in the schools presented by Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman. Each course is 60-90 minutes. This toolkit was designed to help evaluation teams conduct best practices assessment of autism. Each module carries its own CEs and can be viewed individually or as a complete course.

(A) Autism Assessment Toolkit 1: Autism Assessment in the Schools and the Law (1 hour)

Workshop #SU1942046

At completion of this part, the participants will be able to discuss: • The primary characteristics of federally mandated rules for special education evaluation • The primary definitions of Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the law • What is FAPE, IDEA, ChildFind, and other federal laws? • Who is responsible for evaluation in public schools?

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(C) Autism Assessment Toolkit 3: The Two Tiers of Eligibility (1 hour)

Workshop #SU1942055

At completion of this part, the participants will be able to discuss: • How students who are diagnosed are eligible for special education services (according to the student's respective state of residence) • Many of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder • The "Levels" of ASD - how they are defined and what services should be offered for each

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(D) Autism Assessment Toolkit 4: Formal and Informal Assessment of ASD (1.5 hours)

Workshop #SU1942056

At completion of this part, the participants will be able to discuss: • The importance of the evaluation team vs. the tests and instruments used for assessment • The various informal and formal instruments used to assess • The information an assessor should gather during interviews with students, parents, and educators

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(E) Autism Assessment Toolkit 5: Working as a Transdisciplinary Team (1 hour)

Workshop #SU1942057

At completion of this part, the participants will be able to discuss: • The importance of the having trained and knowledgeable personnel and what this entails • The essentials and requirements of a "transdisciplinary" assessment • How to benefit the student by drafting great Individualized Education Plans with your transdisciplinary team

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(F) Autism Assessment Toolkit 6: Report Writing (1 hour)

Workshop #SU1942058

At the completion of this part of the toolkit, participants will be able to discuss: • The various components of evaluation • The answers to the core challenge of report writing: who is the student and what does s/he need? • Good examples and nonexamples of report writing • The team process and workflow of report writing

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(G) Autism Assessment Toolkit 7: Developing Effective Recommendations (1 hour)

Workshop #SU1942059

At the completion of this part of the toolkit, participants will be able to discuss: • The journey from evaluation to intervention, including developing concerns, recommendations, and goals • The strategies and supports that help a people move towards a long-term vision • The benefit of team written recommendations versus individual written recommendations

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(H) Autism Assessment Toolkit 8: Differential Diagnosis and Identification of ASD (1 hour)

Workshop #SU1942060

At the completion of this part of the toolkit, participants will be able to discuss: • The effects and consequences of delaying identifying children with autism • The procedures and skills necessary for transdisciplinary assessment and diagnosis • The pitfalls and “novice errors” of diagnosis due to behavioral assumptions and lack of training and experience • The decision-making process for the differential diagnosis of ASD

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(I) Autism Assessment Toolkit 9: Identifying Females with ASD (1 hour)

Workshop #SU1942061

At the completion of this part of the toolkit, participants will be able to discuss: • The “gender gap” in the identification of ASD between boys and girls and its implications • Strategies to increase awareness and improved identification of females with ASD • Some of the ways females may “mask” and “camouflage” their behavior • Strategies and solutions for identifying females with autism

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(J) Autism Assessment Toolkit 10: The Challenges of Identifying High Functioning Individuals with ASD (1 hour)

Workshop #SU19412062

At the completion of this part of the toolkit, participants will be able to discuss: • The adverse effect on educational performance for high functioning individuals who do not receive services • The implications of assuming high functioning individuals don’t need services because they excel in academics • Misconceptions and examples of “unintentional neglect” • The social and behavioral skill deficits that may warrant evaluation

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