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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (Tri-State Webinar)

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (Tri-State Webinar)

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff, Parents, Community Partners, General Public | Topic: Autism, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

On-Demand format. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (Tri-State Webinar)
On-Demand format

Presenters: Rhonda Danner, M.A.Ed.; Alissa Mullett, M.A., CCC-SLP
Original aired January 30, 2019


Learner Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the triad of characteristics present in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understand how these characteristics may affect students in the school setting
  • Understand basic strategies used to develop communication, social, and behavioral skill sets in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Study Questions

After watching the webinar in the section called View the Webinar (upper left-side), please email Janet Zimmermann your contact information and your response to the 2 study questions to receive your certificate.  Janet's email is

Contact Information:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Email Address
  3. Your District
  4. Your Role (teacher, para, SLP, etc.)

Study Questions:

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder includes differences or difficulties in three primary areas referred to as “The Triad of Characteristics.

The Triad includes:

  1. Communication
  2. Sensory
  3. Behavior
  4. Social
  5. A, C, & D
  1. Social stories, video modeling and power cards are 3 interventions that can help students with social skills.
    1. True
    2. False
  2. Repetitive body movements, heavy focus on odd topics of interest, rigidity and inflexible thinking are characteristics of which part of the Triad:
    1. Social
    2. Communication
    3. Behavior
  1. Some examples of visual supports would be:
    1. Daily schedule
    2. First/Then
    3. Task list
    4. All of the above
    5. None of the above
  1. Reinforcement increases the likelihood that a student will engage in the same behavior again
    1. True
    2. False

View the Webinar:


Contact Information

Janet Zimmermann


.75 hours (45 minutes) will be awarded to those participants who view the webinar and complete the study questions.

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