Infant Toddler Autism Certificate- Online Beginning Fall 2013
certificate fills a void in the field for addressing the needs of infants and
toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). ASDs comprise the fastest
growing neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood. Research consistently
supports early intervention approaches that focus on enhancing parents’ capacity
to meet the needs of their infants and toddlers. This certificate will address
that need by improving the knowledge and skills of early interventionists
working with infants and toddlers with autism and their families. Classes will
be taught by internationally recognized leaders in autism intervention and
research. The certificate is offered
for providers in the field.
first course, Overview of Infant Toddler Autism Services, provides an
introduction to the field and the practices. The second course, Applied Treatment Delivery for Infants
and Toddlers with ASD, describes how to implement evidence-based practices with
infants and toddlers with ASD. The third course, Coaching for Families of
Infants and Toddlers with ASD, describes evidence-based family coaching
practices. Consistent with the needs of children with ASD, intervention goals
covered address language, play/socialization, early adaptive skills, and
positive behavior. The certificate will focus on evidence-based practices for
addressing these needs.
This certificate supplements the ECE program. Students in the ECE program can complete one course as a required elective and the certificate complements their degree.
Please note that space is limited. Registration will be completed on a first come, first serve basis among students who meet the registration criteria. In order to be considered, please send your resume outlining your education and professional experience, and a 1-page letter of intent to us at email@example.com. In your letter, please describe your interest in the certificate and discuss your current role in the field.
The courses will be offered online, consecutively during Fall, Spring, and Summer. Courses will be offered each year and they must be taken in order. All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition for each course is $349/credit + $100 online course fee for a total of $1147.
Instructors include: Drs. Phil Strain, William Frea, and Erin Barton.
Strain, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Psychiatry at the
University of Colorado Denver. Dr.
Strain is the author of over 250 scientific papers and he serves on the
editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. Dr. Strain has worked in the field of early
intervention since 1974 and he serves as a science advisor to the Institute of
Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of
Education. His primary research
interests include: a) intervention for young children with early onset conduct
disorders; b) remediation of social behavior deficits in young children with
autism; c) design and delivery of community-based, comprehensive early
intervention for children with autism; and d) analysis of individual and systemic
variables affecting the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based practices
for children with severe behavior disorders.
Frea, Ph.D. has worked with children on the autism spectrum, and their families,
for over 25 years. He is the author of over 30 publications on treating
children with autism, and has presented over 100 papers nationally on the
subject. Dr. Frea’s expertise is in play-based approaches to teaching, and
developing individual treatment packages within the family context. Dr. Frea
received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of California,
Santa Barbara. He completed a clinical internship at Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine, and a Research Fellowship in Special Education at Vanderbilt
University’s Peabody School of Education. Dr. Frea created the autism training
programs at Cal State Los Angeles’ Charter School of Education. The program
includes a Masters degree in autism, as well as a certification program for
teachers. This became the largest program of its kind in the U.S., with
significant federal grant funding. Dr. Frea also created Autism Spectrum
Therapies, one of the largest agencies in the country serving children on the
autism spectrum. Dr. Frea has served on federal grant review boards, national
and state advisory boards, and on editorial boards for numerous research
journals. He is active in parent support organizations, as well as community
and school focused projects to build resources for children on the autism
spectrum and their families.
Erin E. Barton, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Assistant
Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of
Colorado Denver. She teaches courses in Early Childhood Special Education on
evidence-based assessment and intervention practices for young children with
special needs and their families. She is a Board Certified Behavior
Analyst and has worked with children and families in homes, schools, and clinics.
Dr. Barton specializes in the education of young children
with developmental disabilities in inclusive and naturalistic settings. Her
research interests include early intervention practices for young children with
or at–risk for developmental disabilities and professional development of early
childhood practitioners. She regularly provides professional development to
programs, school, districts, and states on evidence-based, early intervention
practices for young children with special needs and their families.
|ECED 5210: Overview of Infant Toddler Austism Services
This course will provide students with a general
introduction to the legal and procedural elements that characterize
state-of-the-art services to infants and toddlers with ASD. The course will review the Federal mandate
for services, principles of practice, and evidence-based teaching strategies
for children with autism.
|ECED 5211: Applied Treatment Delivery for Infants and Toddlers with ASD The course is designed to inform students on current treatment methods and philosophies for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Common intervention approaches are reviewed, with discussion of the evidence base of each. Consistent with the needs of children with ASD, intervention goals covered address language, play/socialization, early adaptive skills, and positive behavior.
|ECED 5212: Coaching for Families of Infants and Toddlers with Autism The purpose of this course is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to implement recommended, evidence-based practices with families of infants and toddlers with or at risk for ASD. The course will review current evidence based strategies for supporting families of infants and toddlers with or at risk for ASD. The emphasis of the course will be on collaborating with families and using evidence-based family coaching strategies.