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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education

ASD Office Hours

Brooke Carson will be offering ASD office hours on following Fridays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM:

  • December 4th, 11th &18th
  • January 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
  • February 5th, 19th & 26th
  • March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
  • April 2th, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
  • May 7th, 14th & 21st

Join the ASD
Zoom Meetings

Meeting ID: 932 1846 7451

Please note, during the office hours we will not be able to give legal advice OR be able to discuss student-specific issues (e.g. IEP minutes, service delivery).

View other available ESSU office hours

ASD & COVID Resources

Our team has collected resources and tools specific to ASD that may be useful during this time as you plan for students.

View the Autism & COVID

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.

What's New

Early Identification of Autism in Girls

On March 17, Susan Hepburn presented a webinar where she presented a summary of the current research concerning early emerging markers of autism in girls. She discusses the possible implications of this research for improving early childhood autism assessments in girls.

View the Early Identification of Autism in Girls webinar

Dr. Susan Hepburn

An Evening with Temple - Recording Available

On February, 11th, 2021, Temple will shared a video of a recent presentation discussing her book, “Calling All Minds” among other thoughts on working with individuals with ASD. Following the video, we recorded a Q & A session with Temple.

View An Evening with Temple

Temple Grandin

ASD Literacy Institute - Tier 2

The Autism Literacy Institute Tier 2 training builds on content discussed in the Tier 1 training. Participants will continue to learn assessment strategies and develop deeper knowledge about best practices in literacy instruction for learners with ASD. Tier two involves opportunities for individual application as participants develop lessons for their classrooms based upon student data.

Learn about Tier 2 Literacy Institute (PDF)

Educational Identification of Complex ASD Cases: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Evaluations

This workshop will provide school professionals with advanced training pertaining to considerations regarding ASD assessment practices when working with traditionally underserved children, including children that are economically vulnerable, racially/ethnically minoritized and linguistically diverse.

Learn more about this Advanced Educational Identification of ASD

Revised Guidelines

The ASD Guidelines (Guidelines for the Educational Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder) contain information that may be used to guide the process of identifying students with ASD and developing appropriate programming, supports and services. A Spanish version of the ASD Guidelines is also available. Guía para la valoración educativa sobre el trastorno del espectro autista (PDF)

Guidelines for the Educational Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (August 2020)

Tri-State Webinar Series 2020-2021 

Anyone with an interest in learning about the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and evidence-based practices is invited to view any of our webinars. This may include administrators, general education teachers, specialist teachers, family members, paraprofessionals, special education professionals, healthcare, and related service providers.

2020-2021 Tri-State Webinar Flyer & Schedule


BCBA Conversations 2020-2021

If you are a BCBA working in a public or facility school across the state of Colorado, you are invited to a monthly gathering of other BCBAs to collaborate, problem solve and share resources. We will be picking up where we left off last year discussing delivering services in the time of COVID 19, so please come with questions, ideas and anecdotes about what has been helpful for you and your teams.

Hope to see you there!


  • Sep 3, 2020 04:00 PM
  • Oct 7, 2020 04:00 PM
  • Nov 4, 2020 04:00 PM
  • Dec 2, 2020 04:00 PM
  • Jan 6, 2021 04:00 PM

  • Feb 3, 2021 04:00 PM
  • Mar 3, 2021 04:00 PM
  • Apr 7, 2021 04:00 PM
  • May 5, 2021 04:00 PM
  • Jun 2, 2021 04:00 PM

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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Course Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in taking the RBT Course but have a few questions before you commit? Autism Specialist Kelsey Young put together some of the frequently asked questions she receives. 

View the FAQ

New Training Opportunity: Online Para-Educator Training

Due to the high demand of the RBT course, the Kansas Technical Assistance Network created a training geared toward para-educators who want further training on behavior and instructional strategies, but are NOT seeking the RBT credential.

View the Online Para-Educator Training for more information.


The Autism Education Network provides education, training, and field support for educational teams supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Our consultants provide individualized support based on the needs of educational teams.

Professional Learning

CDE provides face-to-face and online Education and Training in the area of autism.  You can participate in webinars presented by the Tri-State Autism Collaborative or you can access them on demand. Face to face trainings, projects, and coaching are provided in the areas of literacy and numeracy.



  • Technical Assistance Document for ASD
  • Guidelines for Educational Evaluation
  • Determination of Eligibility
  • Autism Program Quality Indicators
  • Local and national ASD organizations


Join the Colorado Autism Spectrum Disorder Listserv

To join the Autism Spectrum Disorder listserv please contact Brooke Carson or Janet Zimmermann. ​

Specialist Contacts

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

Rhonda Danner, M.A.Ed - Email Rhonda Danner

Kelsey Young, Ph.D. - Email Kelsey Young

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