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The Professional Development Center: Children with autism spectrum disorders  

This national multisite project will promote the use of evidence-based practices (EBP) for: (a) early screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD); (b) intervention and education that result in optimal child and family outcomes and span the age range from infancy to early adulthood (22 years of age); (c) intense, sustainable, outcome-based training that leverages optimal use of existing resources; (d) technical assistance for the delivery of effective services, for establishment of model sites of EBP, and for a sustainable system of training and technical assistance; and (e) evaluation/measurement of child, practitioner, and system-levels outcomes. The project is a collaboration among the FPG Child Development Institute and other collaborators at the University of North Carolina, the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the MIND Institute at the University of California at Davis Medical School. The project will work with States to provide training and technical assistance to increase the capacity of States to implement EBP, to increase the number of highly qualified personnel serving children with ASD, and to promote early identification of ASD. A tripart training model will be employed with each State. First, in the pretraining stage, State teams will conduct needs assessments and participate in a strategic planning process. In addition, State training staff will identify one local school district ready to participate as a model site for early intervention, preschool, elementary, and middle school/high school classes or programs. Second, training staff and practitioners will complete a prerequisite online training course. State training staff, practitioner participants, and representative family members will then participate in an intensive, one-week workshop. Third, after these trainings, project staff will conduct onsite consultation and planning with State sites to develop strategies and provide coaching to support the implementation of practices by local practitioners. States will participate in the program for two years, with the project staff taking the lead in training the first year and State-level personnel conducting intensive onsite training the second year. A primary objective will be for State agencies to employ this model for training, shaped to the needs and contexts of their individual State, with service providers in their State. Project staff will also collaborate with States to develop a State plan with identifiable benchmarks for building capacity for training, professional development, outcome-based measurement and evaluation, and service delivery for children and youth with ASD and their families. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $999,999.00
Current Award Period 2007-2012
Project Number H325G070004
Principal Investigator Odom, Samuel
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Efficacious and Cost-Effective Service Delivery
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
State/Country North Carolina
Web Link 1 The Professional Development Center: Children with autism spectrum disorders (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects The Professional Development Center: Children with autism spectrum disorders | $1,000,000.00 | 2011 | H325G070004
The Professional Development Center: Children with autism spectrum disorders | $0.00 | 2012 | H325G070004