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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Autism/Understanding Autism/Training Module

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Special Education Administrators, Special Education Teachers, ECSE Teachers and Directors, others interested in special education services for young children

Date: October 21, 2010

This message is to inform you of a free online training module on Understanding Autism in Young Children that is now available.

The module is an overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the criteria used to diagnose children with ASD.  It is hosted on the University of Missouri Extension website.  Persons who wish to view the training will need to register for an Extension Passport and select the Understanding Autism course to view.  There is no charge for the passport or to view the training.  A link to the Extension website is available through the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders website at

The Understanding Autism training was developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, which is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities.  An online module was created from the training through a partnership with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri Extension, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Office of Autism Services.