Autism Training Websites
Here is a selection of online resources for families, caregivers and professionals, providing autism-related training for both children and adults with ASDs. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.
UC Davis Extension
The list of free information sessions can be found here, but there is not always an Autism Spectrum Disorder session scheduled. You can view a previous session here:
Porchlight Autism Education Series
Porchlight’s mission is to help families affected by developmental disabilities through short, simple, and understandable learning modules. Their strategies are designed to be used easily and immediately by parents and all those involved in the care and treatment of those with developmental disabilities. Their modules include: Understanding Autism, Caregiver Toolkit, Daily Routines, Self Help, Social Skills, Functional Communication, Safety Skills, and Behaviors - available here.
The Autism Speaks website includes toolkits, and a diverse resource list with books, educational manuals, magazines, software, and more. You can also find apps for developing many different skills on their site.
Autism Navigator is aimed to early intervention providers, educators, and families. Current research has been utilized in creative an interactive platform using mainly video clips and print materials to share. The course "About Autism in Toddlers" is currently free, though other resources and courses require payment.
Autism Distance Education Parent Training (ADEPT) - UC Davis
UC Davis’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities has sponsored production of educational videos and online training modules, in hopes to improve community access to educational resources on developmental disabilities. There are two modules: “Strategies for Teaching Functional Skills” and “Positive Behavior Strategies for Your Child with Autism,” which are available in English and Spanish. Each includes 10 lessons, and is designed for parents to establish tools and strategies positive behavior and skills. Modules can be found here.
National Autism Center at May Institute
The National Autism Center provides free materials about ASD interventions, mainly based on the applied behavior analysis model. Their information is tailored for families, practitioners, and educators and is entirely free as pdf downloads, or as hard copies for a cost. Their mission and resources can be found on their website.
Thompson Center at University of Missouri
The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri offers 5 free online training modules covering a diverse array of topics, including: “Understanding Autism in Young Children”, “Screening and Referral”, “Evidence-Based Practice and Interventions”, “Transition to Adulthood”, and “Building Family-Professional Partnerships”. They are applicable for anyone who wants to learn more about ASD. These online training modules can be found here.
Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM)
AFIRM offers free online modules to guide application of evidence-based practices with learners from birth to 22 years old. They teach the key components and approaches, behaviors and skills that are addressed by the practice, a process for applying, and resources to download and customize using case examples, multimedia presentations, and interactive assessments. Each module also offers the option to earn a free professional development certificate, if desired. Click the following links for: a list of their modules, more about their educational technique, and guidelines for selecting a module.
Tri-State On Demand Webinars (Colorado Dept. of Education)
The Colorado Department of Education, Kansas TASN Autism and Tertiary Behaviors Supports Group, and the Nebraska Autism Supports Network have collaborated to make 21 webinars available to teachers, administrators, parents, and others who want to learn more about ASD. These webinars are free, and available on-demand online here.
Fee for Access
UC Davis Extension
Online courses created by the UC Davis extension, which aims to continue professional education on autism and associated topics. Courses include:
Based on the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship model (DIR model) to advance development of all those with autism and special needs using their trademarked model “Foundational Capacities for Development” to help parents, professionals, and educators to use many approaches toward addressing challenges, barriers, and needs of those with autism and other special needs. Visit their site for toolkits, certificates, training programs, and webcasts.
Relias offers online learning programs of high quality and standards. Using free videos, or paid webinars, ebooks, and courses, their resources provide training tailored to the needs of organizations or individuals.
Rethink uses evidence-based treatment solutions directed toward educators, clinicians, and parents. Using sequences of 7-10 minute training modules, viewers can learn behaviorally-based teaching strategies. There are also printable materials and lesson plans available, for a comprehensive curriculum for a variety of functioning and grade levels. The Activity Center can be customized for fun and educational online activities aligned with the curriculum, and all progress can be monitored on the Admin Dashboard.
Current research has been utilized in creative an interactive platform using mainly video clips and print materials to share. The course "About Autism in Toddlers" is currently free, though other resources and courses require payment. Courses can be found here.
Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area provides information but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The Autism Society provides an I&R service but individuals must assume personal responsibility for what they do with the information provided. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.