What will the ASD Toddler Initiative Project accomplish?

During Year 1, the ASD Toddler Initiative will:

  • update an instructional module on early identification of ASD;

  • expand content, video examples, and resources on 10 evidence-based practice modules, previously developed for use with preschool through high school-aged students with ASD, but shown to be efficacious for infants and toddlers and their families;

  • develop new family-friendly learning materials to support the use of these practices by family members; (d) finalize the development of the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale – Infant/Toddler, a home-based program quality measure of early intervention services, and adapt for use by other early intervention program models; and

  • develop procedures for selecting state implementation sites for field testing the model.

In Year 2, the ASD Toddler Initiative will engage in the following activities during the field-testing component:

  • convene an interagency planning group to provide leadership for addressing needs of toddlers and their families in the state;

  • select three early intervention sites to field-test use of the materials and procedures and  provide data for evaluation of the model;

  • provide professional development for technical assistance providers and site teams to enhance the quality of programs, use of evidence-based practices, and implementation of a coaching process;

  • provide ongoing technical assistance to the site teams; and

  • report toddler, family, provider, and program outcomes associated with implementation of The ASD Toddler Initiative.