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Just for Parents

Raising a child diagnosed with ASD can be challenging. Many times, parents and family members struggle to understand the diagnosis, the supports their child will need to succeed, and how to problem-solve through challenges related to the characteristics of ASD. Information from our seminars, webcasts, and online courses can help families and caregivers problem solve through such challenges. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to enroll in the various training activities we offer here at VCU-ACE. We also offer courses related to positive behavior strategies, evidence-based strategies for the classroom, and a beginner's course to ASD. To see the list of what we offer here at VCU-ACE, please click here.

However, because we realize families and caregivers have their own unique concerns, questions, and challenges we have created an online, self-paced course for family members raising a child recently diagnosed with ASD. This course teaches families about the characteristics of ASD and focuses on effective services, supports, and strategies that can be implemented in ANY environment and for a child of any age. Click here to register for the course.

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have social communication challenges. Parent-mediated intervention is a very effective strategy to improve these communication challenges. Hosted online by Michigan State University, the ImPACT distance learning program can help you learn to promote your child's social communication during daily routines and activities. The goal of this online program is to teach parents to promote their child's social communication development during play and daily routines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What will I need to take this course?
A: You will need a computer with (preferably high speed) internet access, Adobe Flash Player software within your browser, and a sound card with speakers in order to listen to the lectures (full text transcripts are provided for all lectures and multimedia). To download Adobe Flash Player, click here. To test your system, click here.

Q: Who should take this course?
A: These three courses were all designed with parents in mind. The first courses, Foundations of ASD and My Child was Just Identified with ASD: Now What Do I Do? introduce families to the characteristics, needs, and recommended services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They are designed for parents and caregivers who have young children identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder within the past year. However, the content is applicable to ANY parent, caregiver, or family member who is looking for strategies to support their young child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The ImPACT training is a program designed to help parents of young children (up to 72 months of age) with ASD aid in their social development.

Q: How much does the course cost?
A: The course is free for Virginia residents.

Q: Where can I find more resources for families?
A: The Resources section of our website contains a wide selection of resources that cover topics for individuals with ASD throughout the lifespan. For more information, please click here.


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