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Autism Awareness Month: Free courses available

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM

During Autism Awareness Month in April, state interagency partners encourage Minnesotans to go beyond awareness to learn strategies for interacting with people on the autism spectrum. 

The Autism Certification Center provides free online video courses that include practical information, real-life examples and an introduction to skills that can be used to care for and support a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from early childhood through young adulthood. Parents, grandparents, neighbors, co-workers, teachers and others all may find helpful information. 

The 90-minute free introductory “Many Faces of Autism” course describes common characteristics of ASD, as well as strategies to address communication, restricted interests and patterns of behavior, sensory and emotional regulation, cognition and information processing.

The courses were created through the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and are available at the Autism Certification Center. For free access to the courses on the website that take an in-depth look at the toddler and preschool age, school age and transition age, email the DHS autism policy team. For additional information, visit the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal to learn more about the variety of services and supports that might be available to a person with ASD.

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