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Following includes a list of webinars and other training materials on autism.

Video Tutorial: Bringing the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders into Focus
The AAP, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, autism advocacy groups, and researchers have all drawn attention to the importance of the early detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to make access to early intervention possible. The scientific literature indicates that the average age of ASD diagnosis is 4 years, despite the fact that about half of children with this neurodevelopmental disorder may be detected by age 14 months. The AAP recommends that ASD-specific screeners be administered within pediatric practices beginning at age 18 months. However, these screeners are imperfect and often require parents to provide ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to questions about the presence of certain behaviors. Yet ASD-related behaviors often present inconsistently, and are intermixed with behaviors seen in typically-developing children. In addition, ASD-related behaviors often differ from typical development in quality, not just in quantity.

To improve recognition of the early signs of ASD among pediatricians, parents, and early intervention providers, autism researcher Dr Rebecca Landa of Kennedy Krieger Institute has developed a free 9-minute video tutorial on ASD behavioral signs in one-year-olds. The tutorial consists of 6 video clips comparing toddlers who show no signs of ASD to toddlers who show early signs of ASD. Each video is presented with voice-over explaining how the specific behaviors exhibited by the child, as they occur on screen, are either indicative of ASD or typical child development. Dr Landa is the director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders. The videos and information presented within this tutorial were obtained through her research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, focused on early markers of autism spectrum disorders and early developmental characteristics of children with and without ASD.

Autism Case Training: Free Online CME, CNE, CEU
The CDC Autism Case Training is an AAP-endorsed curriculum designed to educate future pediatricians on identifying, diagnosing, and managing ASDs through case-based scenarios. Based on the curriculum, the Web-based Continuing Education course includes 3 modules, which can be taken separately or together, are based on real-life scenarios and include up-to-date information, illustrative videos, and pertinent references and resources. Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, and CEU) are available for each of the modules.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs): What We Know and How Pediatric Health Care Professionals Can Help Patients and Families
This webinar, presented by national autism experts, was designed to provide pediatric health care professionals with the latest information on autism prevalence, discuss identification and management of children with ASDs within a practice, and highlight resources available to help children with ASDs and their families. The video of this webinar; webinar presentation; and webinar Q&A are available.

Pediatric Care Online (PCO) Webinar—Autism Spectrum Disorders
This webinar focused on: screening and diagnosis recommendations; an overview of treatment approaches, including medication; and a review of current controversies. To access an archived recording of this event and the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Autism Identification & Management Webinar PPT
This webinar provided child health professionals with information and practical strategies for providing a medical home to children with ASDs. The webinar was led by nationally recognized experts with the goal of describing the recommendations put forth in the 2 AAP clinical reports regarding identification and management of ASDs, providing insights on how to utilize the algorithm in practice, and recommendations for implementing pieces of toolkit.

Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) Webinar Series – Research to Practice
This 5-part webinar series, "Research to Practice," was designed to showcase successes of CAAI grantees, connect attendees to CAAI grantees, and highlight CAAI activities. Webinars include: