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Identifying and Learning More About Autism

Frequently Asked Questions

What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability characterized by differences in social interaction and communication as well as the presence of restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interest or activities. People on the spectrum may experience a range of abilities and characteristics. Some people may have very noticeable characteristics, others may not. For more information, learn about signs and characteristics or visit Screening and Identification for information on scheduling an evaluation.

How do I schedule an evaluation for myself or my child? If you have questions or concerns and would like an evaluation for you or your child, contact your primary care doctor. You can also call your insurance company, using the number on the back of your member ID card, to request a referral or find evaluation providers or other services in your network. Visit Screening and Identification for information on scheduling an evaluation.

What are the next steps following a diagnosis?

For your child

For yourself

How do I learn more about effectively caring for or supporting a person with autism? There are several resources and trainings to help understand the characteristics of autism and strategies to support people. Minnesota offers free training through the Autism Certification Center. A free 90-minute course, titled Many Faces of Autism, will introduce you to characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and dispel common misconceptions through the experiences and perspectives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

ASD Strategies in Action offers courses in evidence-based strategies that can be used in natural environments, during the typical routines and activities. Select from courses for toddlers and preschoolers, elementary and middle school students, and high school and transition age individuals. All courses provide video-based instruction filmed in natural settings and feature the perspectives of people on the autism spectrum.

Select the course that best suits the age range of the population you work with or support and access video-based instruction with real-life examples filmed in schools, homes, workplaces, and community settings.

For more training opportunities, explore Training and Events, view the Events Calendar or request a training or presentation.

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