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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

If you have questions, Brooke Carson will be available via ZOOM on the following Fridays, from 9:30-11:30.

**Office hours will not be held on November 13 or November 27**

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).

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Zoom Meetings

Meeting ID: 824 4878 0431
Passcode: 578387

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

Webinar: How do you Support Executive Functioning During Online Learning

Presented by: Laura Anthony, PhD

Many of our kids struggle with executive functioning while receiving all of the structure and supports of school. What happens to kids when those structures and supports are no longer available in online learning? How can we help our students who are struggling? We will discuss ways to use your online educational platforms to your advantage and go all the way back to the basics of Executive Functioning to help get, and keep, your students engaged.

View the recorded webinar

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.

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

Upcoming Virtual Training Opportunities!

Announcing the ASD Literacy Institute, Tier 1 & the Education Identification of ASD 

View the ASD Professional Learning page to learn more about these virtual events.

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 attend 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

Trauma Informed Practices: Understanding Why Students Do What They Do​

On September 24, 2020 Linda A. Aldridge will address how rauma impacts brain development and behavior. When behavior is a barrier to personal goals, trauma informed practices flavor the support plan with understanding and empathy. Thus, a trauma informed perspective is helpful when assisting another person. This perspective starts with the question, “Why?”

Webinar Flyer with Registration Link

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 your 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

Alissa Mullett, M.A. CCC-SLP - Email Alissa Mullett

Kelsey Young, Ph.D. - Email Kelsey Young

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