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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Definition: A child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a child with a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal social communication and social interaction, generally evidenced by the age of three. Other characteristics often associated with ASD are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental changes or changes in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.


ASD Documents from the Colorado Department of Education

Autism Program Quality Indicators, Revised August 2015

The quality indicators are used to design and evaluate a program(s) for students with ASD that is comprehensive and grounded in evidence-based practices.

Determination of Eligibility- ASD

This form is to be used for eligibility meetings including initial and triennial reviews.

Guidelines for the Educational Evaluation of Autism

The information in these guidelines may be used to guide the process of identifying students with ASD and developing appropriate programming, supports and services

Technical Assistance: ASD

Professional Development Opportunities

 Check out the Autism Spectrum Disorder 2015-2016 Training Flyer!
CDE is offering many different training opportunities that cover multiple topics pertaining to autism spectrum disorder.  During the 2015-2016 school year training, some topics will be presented via webinar or distance technology at locations throughout the state, as well as full day sessions.


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Consultant/Specialist Contacts

Brooke Carson, Ph.D.
Phone: 303-866-6691 | Email

P. Charlie Buckley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Phone: 303-866-6707 | Email

Kate Loving, BCBA - Email

Katie Wells, M.Ed., ECSE - Email

Cara Woundy, B.S., M.Ed., C.A.G.S. - Email




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