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2024 Summer Training Institute on Autism:

Advances in Evidence-Based Practice for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Who should attend?

This three-day Training Institute on Autism is for anyone interested in or touched by autism. It will intrigue interdisciplinary professionals and college students, families, and anyone else interested in learning more about autism.


This Training Institute is designed to prepare educators and service providers to understand the social communication, behavioral, and learning characteristics of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Training Institute will present new findings on evidence-based practices and offer practical strategies for implementing these practices for individuals with ASD in educational and community settings.

Webinar Schedule

June 18, 19 & 20, 2024. Each day will follow the schedule below (all times are Eastern):

  • 09:30 am – 09:45 am:   Join Zoom and Get Comfortable
  • 09:45 am – 10:00 am:   Welcome and Tips for a Successful Webinar
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm:   Morning Session
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm:   Lunch Break
  • 12:45 pm – 02:15 pm:   Afternoon Session 1
  • 02:15 pm – 02:30 pm:   Afternoon Break
  • 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm:   Afternoon Session 2


Make sure to register for Each Day you plan to attend. It’s FREE to attend, but you MUST register. You can register for 1, 2, or all 3 days.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (Eastern Time)

Autism Navigator

10:00 am to 12:00pm (Eastern Time)
Neuroimaging and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Myths and Mechanisms  
Featured Speaker — Jed Elison, PhD 
Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, Institute of Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

12:45 pm to 2:15 pm (Eastern Time)
Autism in the Somali Community in Minnesota: Prevalence and Lessons for the Field
Featured Speaker — Amy Esler, PhD
Psychologist and Clinical Co-director, Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain, University of Minnesota
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Hot Topics and Practical Implications in ASD Research and Clinical Practices
Featured Speakers — Amy Esler, PhD and Jed Elison, PhD
Learn More & Register

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 (Eastern Time)

Autism Navigator
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Supporting Students with Co-occurring Mental Health and Behavioral Challenges 
Featured Speaker — Cathy Pratt,  PhD
Research Associate at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities and the Irsay Institute
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm (Eastern Time)
Understanding Problematic Behaviors and Their Relationship with Mental Health
Featured Speaker  — Cathy Pratt, PhD
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Strategies to Support and Address Mental Wellness
Featured Speaker — Cathy Pratt, PhD
Learn More & Register

Thursday, June 20, 2024 (Eastern Time)

Autism Navigator
10:00 am to 12:00pm (Eastern Time)
Creating a Safer Environment for Autistic Students
Featured Speaker — Peter Wharmby
Author — What I Want to Talk About: How Autistic Special Interests Shape a Life (2022) and Untypical: How the World Isn’t Built for Autistic People and What We Should Do About It (2023)
12:45pm to 2:15pm (Eastern Time)
Autistic in the Workplace
Featured Speaker — Peter Wharmby
2:30 pm to 4:00pm (Eastern Time)
My Story – Autism and Parenting
Featured Speaker — Peter Wharmby
Learn More & Register

About the Speakers

Click each name to learn more.

June 18, 2024, Featured Speakers

June 19, 2024, Featured Speaker

June 20, 2024, Featured Speaker

How do I get to the Summer Institute Resources, Feedback Survey, and Attendance Certificate Request form? 

Links to each are below.

Speaker ResourcesFeedback SurveyRequest Attendance Certificates

About Certificate of Attendance and In-service Points

Certificates of attendance will reflect the total amount of time participants are logged in each day. Please be aware that you can earn a maximum of 5 contact hours. Your certificate may show more than 5 hours since there is a lunch break and an afternoon break. The break times do not count towards American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), OT, or APA CE Credit or Educator In-Service Points.

If you are an educator, you need to check with your professional development office to find out the documentation you need to get in-service points from your agency or district.

About ASHA, OT, and APA CEU Credits

Earn up to 0.5 ASHA CEUs or 5 contact hours per day for Florida-licensed OTs and APAs for a total possible 1.5 CE or 15 contact hours for the entire Summer Training Institute. To complete the Feedback Survey and request an attendance certificate, click the buttons at the bottom of this page.

Requirements for ASHA, OT, and APA CEU Credits
Participants can receive a maximum of 0.5 ASHA CE credits or 5 hours of OT and APA CE credits for Florida-licensed providers each day for a total of 1.5 ASHA CE Credits or 15 hours OT and APA credits for all three days. There are three blocks of content time: 10:00 am-12:00pm (ET), 12:45pm – 2:15pm (ET), and 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm (ET). Credit for all CEUs will only be awarded to participants who are logged in for at least 80% of each day during the presentation times. There is no partial credit awarded for CE Credits for less than one day.

You must submit a request for CE Credits for each day you attend. Click the links below to submit your CE Credit request at the end of each day.

This course is offered for up to 1.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area). This course is offered for up to 15 hours of CEUs for Florida-licensed OTs and APAs via CE Broker: Provider  # 50-17699, Course Tracking # 20-1213068.

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