Online Training: Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder


VCU Autism Center for Excellence offers this course to provide participants with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD, which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior as well as sensory processing issues. Secondary characteristics, including executive dysfunction, imitation, sequencing, and motor deficits as well as common co-morbid conditions will also be explored. The course will discuss the myths and facts surrounding ASD as well as the supports and services available to those with ASD and their families. The course will also provide an overview of the history, cause, and early signs of ASD as well as discuss the importance of understanding and utilizing strengths and interests. This course will also examine ASD throughout the lifespan.

This course is for anyone who is interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorders, including parents, family members, educators, therapists, service providers and medical professionals.

This course runs from Jan. 8 - Feb. 8, 2018


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the history and causes of ASD
  2. List the categories under the heading of ASD and describe the differences
  3. Discuss the primary and secondary characteristics of ASD
  4. Describe strengths of individuals with ASD
  5. Describe the differing ways individuals with ASD learn
  6. Discuss the impact ASD has on the person and the family
  7. Discuss what ASD looks like across the life span



1/8/2018 - 2/8/2018


Taryn Goodwin


Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent/Family Professional Development