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Autism Speaks Launches Webpage for Autism Professional Development

Posted by Lauren Elder, Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination sciences

At Autism Speaks, an import part of our service to families is increasing their access to high-quality services. This includes helping healthcare professionals, therapists and educators develop expertise in serving individuals with autism and their families.

Outreach to community providers has long been an important part of the mission of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. It’s likewise an important part of our Early Access to Care initiative, which includes autism awareness materials developed specifically for professionals.

Today, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve launched a Professional Development Resources page on our website. It includes a comprehensive list of training programs in autism services. 

Are you a psychologist who would like to know more about how to use cognitive-behavioral therapy to help a child, teen or adult with autism?

Are you a teacher seeing more and more children with autism in your classrooms?

A pediatrician who wants to learn about the gold-standard measures for diagnosing autism?

Do you know a healthcare professional, educator or therapist who would welcome such information?

We want you all to have one place to find the training resources you seek. Our goal is to develop a one-stop shop for behavioral therapy and healthcare professionals who want training in our field’s best, evidence-based practices.

So far the programs listed on our professional resource page cover diagnostic, educational and intervention services.  They are evidence-based and involve active training.

Importantly, we’ll be expanding our resources in the months ahead.  If you have a program you’d like to submit, please e-mail us at: ProfessionalTraining@autismspeaks.org.  We’ll also be expanding the type of resources we offer.  Look for guidelines on autism screening to come soon.

We’d like feedback from professionals on the resources they need most.  After visiting our new Professional Development Resources page, we hope you’ll fill out our online survey to help us plan future resources.

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