Learning Online

Self-Paced Modules

Inspired by the new normal of working online and social distancing, HANDS in Autism has been working diligently to release a series of modules. These modules cover topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the implementation of evidence-based practices that allow individuals with ASD and those who know or provide services to them to strive for success. The courses are based in the Canvas LMS and are self-paced.

You can find a listing of our completion certificate-bearing courses on IU Expand. The following are courses that are currently available for no cost.

What is Autism: Characteristics, Considerations, Recommendations

Evidence-Based Practices: the What, the Why, and the How

Titles and Descriptions of Other Available Courses

TitleDescription and DurationEnroll Link
What is Autism: Characteristics, Considerations, RecommendationsIn this course, you will learn about characteristics of autism spectrum disorder, strengths and challenges of individuals with ASD, as well as the impact ASD has on individual lives. Duration: 1 hrENROLL in What Is Autism
Evidence-Based Practices: the What, the Why, and the HowIn this training, you will learn how to be a good steward of EBPs, using data to inform the decision of which EBPs to utilize and also tracking progress once the intervention is put into place. Duration: 1 hrENROLL in Evidence-Based Practices
Foundations of Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention PlanThis course discusses the process of conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and developing a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). You will also explore common pitfalls with the conduct and use of FBA and BIP. Duration: 1 hrENROLL in Foundations
Prompting for Success: Any Skill Level, Any SettingThis course discusses the use of prompts to teach skills and help individuals with ASD develop independence. We will also discuss the use of positive attention, block and ignore, and their use in a variety of settings. Duration: 1 hrENROLL in Prompting for Success
Strategies for Paraprofessionals: A Practical Guide for Classroom Support The set of modules addresses the foundational knowledge and skills that will help paraprofessionals best support individuals with ASD and others with social, communication, and behavioral challenges to be successful in a classroom/school setting. The course includes the overview of autism, visual and physical structure, development and use of visual supports, use of effective strategies and approaches for skills teaching. Duration: 6 hrsENROLL in Strategies for Paraprofessionals
Setting up for Success: Implementing Physical and Visual StructureIn this course, you will explore the importance of visual and visual structure in setting up an environment for an individual with ASD that allows them to be successful, understand expectations, and gain independence across settings. Duration: 1 hrENROLL in Setting up for Success
Foundations of Effective Goal WritingDo you cringe when needing to write goals? Is it a challenge to write goals that are individualized, meaningful, and useful in programming? Would it be helpful if goals written served to guide programming and outcomes? This course is perfect for you! Duration: 1 hrENROLL in Foundations of Effective Goal Writing
Show Me the Data: Choosing Data Collection Methods with Practical Application

Data collection, essential to successful planning and programming, can be an intimidating process, but when done well it can be straightforward and practical! In this training, you will explore methods for data collection that can even be implemented by data novices and will work in a busy classroom, home, or office setting. Duration: 1 hrENROLL in Show Me the Data
Practical Strategies for Collaboration: Home, School, CommunityIn this module, you will learn about ways to establish collaborative partnerships across school, family, and community in order to support individuals with ASD across lifespan and settings.ENROLL in Practical Strategies for Collaboration
Team Collaboration in School SettingsIn this module, you will learn about ways to establish collaborative partnerships across special and general ed teachers, classroom support staff, and other stakeholders in a school setting, including families and individuals with ASD. Practical suggestions are offered at every step of the way!ENROLL in Team Collaboration in School
Visual Schedules: From Designing to ImplementationIn this module, you will learn about creating visual daily schedules, mini or activity schedules, and work systems, as well as how to use them across settings and ages.ENROLL in Visual Schedules

Webinar Recordings

CategoryTitle/LinkNotes
Educational Strategies and SupportsMathematics Disorders: Assessment, Diagnosis, & InterventionCo-sponsored by the HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center and Indiana Association of School Pscyhologists (IASP)
Educational Strategies and SupportsReading Disorders: Assessment, Diagnosis, & InterventionCo-sponsored by the HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center and Indiana Association of School Pscyhologists (IASP)
Educational Strategies and SupportsWhat’s in Your Toolbox?Presented at 2011 Web Conference for Educators by Wendy Walter Bailcy & Barbara Horvath the Center on Assessment and Instruction
Educational Strategies and SupportsDeafblindness & Communication StrategiesPresented at 2011 Web Conference for Educators by Indiana Deafblind Services Project
Educational Strategies and SupportsOngoing Assessment and Child Documentation of Preschool StudentsPresented at 2011 Web Conference for Educators by Sally Reed Crawford, Effective Evaluation Center
TransitionGrow Up! : Providing Transition Services in Alternative LocationsPresented at 2012 Virtual Autism Awareness Fair by S.Savage, & G.Chesterfield, Project SITE, IU
TransitionEffective Job Placement for People with ASDPresented at 2012 Virtual Autism Awareness Fair by Molly Lang & Tim White, Noble of Indiana
TransitionPreparing for Life After High SchoolPresented at 2011 Virtual Autism Awareness Fair by T.Grossi, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Medical ConsiderationsNeurobiology: Early Brain Development & the Need for Early ScreeningPresented by Dr. Nancy Swigonski, Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University, IU School of Medicine
Medical ConsiderationsCulturally Responsive PracticePresented at 2012 Virtual Autism Awareness Fair by S.Ritter, The Equity Project
Insurance, Laws, and Family SupportsFacts about Charter Schools & Students with DisabilitiesPresented at 2012 Virtual Autism Awareness Fair K.Hope, JD, Office of Charter Schools, Ball State University
Insurance, Laws, and Family SupportsHealth Insurance Coverage for Autism Spectrum DisordersPresented at 2012 Virtual Autism Awareness Fair by M. Trivdei, Volunteer Autism Advocate
Insurance, Laws, and Family SupportsUnderstanding the Funding MazePresented at 2012 Virtual Autism Awareness Fair by R. Rodgers, Family Voices of Indiana
Insurance, Laws, and Family SupportsA Parent’s Perspective of the Special Education ProcessPresented at 2011 Web Conference for Educators by Jennifer Littlefield, IN*SOURCE
Insurance, Laws, and Family SupportsInstructional Consultation Teams OverviewPresented at 2011 Web Conference for Educators by Jim Ansaldo and James Robinson, Indiana Center for Assessment and Instruction
How-To VideoHow to Wrap a PresentA How-To video explaining how to wrap a present.
How-To VideoStop Light and CountDown BoardA How-To video explaining how Stop Light and CountDown boards are used as transition supports.
How-To VideoChoice BoardA How-To video explaining how to use a choice board during activities.
How-To VideoFirst-Then BoardA How-To video explaining how to use first-then boards.