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Module Overview

Indicators for ASD and Tools to Assist with Early ID

ID Early for ASD

This module prepares early childhood professionals to define autism, identify early indicators, and share developmental concerns related to ASD utilizing a combination of video, research articles, and online resources. Content covered in this module reviews autism, developmental milestones and early autism indicators, early indicators in the areas of social interaction, social communication and restrictive, repetitive patterns of behavior, and developmental monitoring and screening for autism.

Designed for early childhood professionals, this module is part of a broader series that offers information and resources on critical elements promoting the earlier identification of autism. Learners are encouraged to complete this module before starting any others in the series.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Recognize early social interaction and social communication signs of ASD
  • Recognize restrictive, repetitive patterns of behavior signs of ASD
  • State the importance of developmental monitoring and screening for children
Estimated Time to Complete: 5 hours

Module Developers:

Jessica E. A. Foster, MD, MPH, FAAP, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and Maggie Gons, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Module Content

You can download a document that includes all content from the module, with the exception of videos. This resource can support your learning while completing the module or be saved for future reference.

Reflection Questions

The Reflection Questions document can be downloaded at any time and used in a variety of ways. You can view it before starting your work so that you know which questions will be asked in the videos and/or on the webpages. You can also access it at the end of your work so that you can see all your responses to the questions. This tool can be helpful for documenting your learning and referring to later or for sharing it with others in group discussions or as demonstration of your online progress.


This module is eligible for five (5) unit hours in the areas of EI developmental specialist/supervisor and EI service coordinator/supervisor as approved by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).


Table of Contents

Locked Pre-Assessment Locked Chapter 1: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Locked Chapter 2: Developmental Milestones and Early Indicators Locked Chapter 3: Early Indicators for ASD: Social Interaction and Social Communication Locked Chapter 4: Early Indicators for ASD: Restrictive, Repetitive Patterns of Behavior Locked Chapter 5: Developmental Monitoring and Screening Locked Module Summary Locked References Locked Post-Assessment Locked Survey