Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools


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Autism Internet Modules

AIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development for anyone who supports, instructs, works with, or lives with someone with autism.

AIM modules are available at no cost. For a small fee they can be completed for continuing education units.

Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more.


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Autism Distance Education Parent Training

  • The MIND Institute has created two 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning modules providing parents with tools and training to more effectively teach their child with autism and other related neuro-developmental disorders.
  • Module 1: Strategies for Teaching Functional Skills
  • Module 2: Positive Behavior Strategies for Your Child with Autism



California Autism Professional Training and Information Network

  • The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a cross-agency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices (EBPs) for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the state of California.
  • Multiple resources supporting the use of EBPs, guidelines for implementing EBPs and other useful tools are available at this site.
  • Local cadre members available for support in implementation of treatment/therapy techniques for students with ASD.


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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

The Mind Institute Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities has detailed information about autism as well as resources and videos appropriate for families and professionals. The Mind Tip Videos, which are short 3-10 minute videos showing how to implement specific strategies to benefit individuals with autism, are just one of the many resources which can be found on the Mind Center’s website.

Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) is another component of the CEDD. It is one of five Centers awarded by the National Institutes of Health in 2017. At this center, the research is focused on identifying subgroups of children with autism spectrum disorder and to develop targeted treatments for symptoms of the different subgroups identified.


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National Professional Development Center

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) was funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the US Department of Education from 2007-2014. Through this center free professional resources for teachers, therapists and other service providers who work with individuals with autism were made available. Studies reporting evidence based practices for individuals with autism and the development of learning modules that detail the steps for planning, implementing and monitoring the use of these practices are available on this website. The original studies conducted by the NPDC were updated in April 2020 by the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice.


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National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice

The National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP) is a continuation of the systematic review completed by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC). The newest report was published in April 2020 and is located on this website. It identifies 28 evidence based practices as well as several manualized programs that are shown to have benefit for individuals on the autism spectrum.


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Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules

The AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring a specific evidence based practice (EBP) with learners on the autism spectrum who range in age from birth to 22 years of age. Each module provides information about a specific EBP and the steps necessary to implement the strategy with fidelity. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download on the website.

To learn more about the updated EBPs, check out the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice website.


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Learn the Signs. Act Early.

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

The program is made up of three components:

On the CDC website there are tools for educating others about the importance of early identification including PowerPoints and recorded presentations, information about a milestone tracker that parents can put on their phone to monitor their babies developmental milestones and free books and other publications available to use to provide information about child find and early identification.

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The ASD Toddler Initiative

This initiative is a program of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This project expanded upon the work that the National Professional Development Center did and created learning modules specific to the evidence based practices identified as effective for toddlers. In addition, there is a module that focuses on early identification of autism and the development of coaching strategies for teachers working with this younger population.


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The Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-based and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum.

CSESA is a five year project that brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with high schools, families, adolescents with ASD, and community members to improve high school experiences and post-secondary outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum.


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National Autism Center

The National Autism Center is the May Institute's Center for the promotion of Evidence-based Practice (EBP). The center has completed two research projects identifying EBPs that offer benefit to individuals with autism. The center is currently completing a third study, the National Standards Project, Phase 3. The organization is dedicated to disseminating information and offering reliable resources to families, practitioners and communities regarding treatment and best practices for autism spectrum disorders.


Kenyon Hopkins, M.S.

SELPA Executive Director
Phone: 831.755.0342

Irenea Herrera

SELPA Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0342