About Learning Paths
Learning Paths are small collections of curated activities that focus on an early intervention topic. To learn about the topic, you will complete each activity on the path. Activities might include reading an article, taking an online module, watching a video, etc. Once you complete the learning path, you will take a final quiz to earn a certificate documenting the professional development hours earned.
Autism Learning Paths
Path #1: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
This learning path provides an overview of autism spectrum disorder,
including information about the diagnosis, primary and secondary characteristics, early identification, and other introductory information
relevant to those who provide early intervention. GET STARTED
Path #2: Early Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder
This learning path focuses on illustrating and describing the early signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in very young children. With this knowledge, early intervention practitioners can improve early identification and provide appropriate early intervention for children who have or are suspected of having ASD. GET STARTED
The ITC of VA does not endorse any particular intervention for children with an autism spectrum disorder. As with all children, intervention must be individualized and evidence-based. In addition, practitioners are expected to use caregiver coaching and natural learning environment practices with all children and families. If you would like to learn about strategies for supporting very young children who have or who are suspected of having ASD and their families, consider the following additional resources.
- The Donovan Family Case Study: Guidance and Coaching on Evidence-based Practices for Infants and Toddlers with ASD (The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Supporting Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Families: Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia Guidance Document (2012)