Alaska Autism Modules
As part of the combatting autism initiative, the State of Alaska developed training modules for families and professional providers. The modules are designed to increase your knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorders, what the first signs of Autism are, how screening and evaluation are completed, what the Alaska service system looks like, as well as an overview of many of the best practice approaches and interventions that have demonstrated effectiveness for working with children and families that experience autism.
Module1 provides an overview of the nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the impact that it has on toddlers and children, and their families. It is aimed at First Responders and others seeking an initial orientation to the disability.
Module 2 provides First Responders with a first time orientation to the process of identification and core tools that are used to screen infants and toddlers for autism. The importance of early identification and fast response is emphasized.
Module 3 introduces various informal means to provide support and assistance to families of young children with autism. It uses video to communicate what needs these children and their families often have, and suggests practical ideas for helping.
This fourth modules addresses the specific procedures for implementation and manual scoring of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Version 3 (ASQ-3).
Module 5 discusses the specific procedures for implementation of the Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT) and the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT), each tools that Health Care Providers can use to screen for autism.
Module 6 is an overview of services for Alaskan children and youth with Autism.
Module 7 addresses the results of screening, the evaluation process and specific tools that are commonly used to diagnose autism with young children.
This 8th module introduces visitors to Applied Behavior Analysis. It overviews its role and history, while also discussing key principles, especially in how reinforcement is used to teach new skills or reduce problem behaviors. As time goes on, additional components will be added here to detail other principles of ABA.
The ninth module overviews the goals, methods and applications to Discrete Trial Training (DTT), an empirically validated model that has been effectively employed as the foundation for Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions.
Module 10 overviews the goals, methods and applications to Pivotal Response Training (PRT), another empirically validated model that has been effectively employed as the foundation for Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions. This approach promotes generalization and builds skills from child-directed choices and engagement.
The eleventh module overviews the goals, methods and applications to effective instruction of communication and social skills. It focuses on the use of PECS and the SCERTS model.
Module 12 overviews the 4 key considerations for 1) effective parent and family support, 2) effective person centered planning, 3) effective use of culturally sensitive methods to collaborate with families, and ) effective parent training for home intervention.