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Autism Spectrum Disorder


All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.

A recent updated report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder. Although symptoms and severity can differ among individuals on the spectrum, each person affected by the disorder has impaired communication skills and difficulties initiating or sustaining social interactions.

This unique certificate program, designed for mental health professionals, parents, special education providers and advocates, is the first to offer a full spectrum examination of autism spectrum disorders, along with tips for intervention from birth through adulthood. Participants will learn how to diagnose and establish treatment plans for children and adults on the autism spectrum, and will be introduced to new emerging treatment ideas and practical tips for the ongoing support and treatment of autistic adults.

Certificate requirements: A minimum of 50 hours is required. This includes five core courses and at least three electives. New electives will be available in each catalog, and different core courses are offered throughout the year.

Core Courses

  1. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adults
  2. Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  3. Applied Behavioral Analysis and other Established Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  4. Managing the Treatment of Adults on the Autism Spectrum: What Happens after High School?
  5. Effective Care for ASDs: Redefining the Therapist's Role

Courses Currently Offered

Core Course
Managing the Treatment of Adults on the Autism Spectrum: What Happens After High School?

Elective Course
Individual Education Program (IEP) Basics: Understanding Your Role in the IEP Process

Elective Course
Social Skills for Adolescents on the Spectrum

Discount Available
Enroll in three onsite classes together and receive 10 percent off each class. Call (800) 557-1384 to register.

Certificate Series Enrollment
The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment.  Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under "Related Downloads" on the right side of this page.

Certificate Series Completion
After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page or send an email to Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.

Frequently Asked Questions are available under "Related Downloads" on the right side of this page.