Educational Identification of Students with ASD Virtual Training Series

November 2023 – April 2024
All sessions will be held from 8-10a.m.
Registration: 7:45am

(Space limited to 110 participants)

Registration Opens August 7, 2023

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"This training was very helpful as it helps understand the importance of being thorough with evaluations and involving multiple team members in order to correctly identify autism." —Past Attendee

The process to identify and serve students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) requires a well-trained and experienced evaluation team. From creating your team to administering quality assessments to accurately interpreting findings and communicating with parents and families, it is critical to have the knowledge and skills to best support students with ASD.

OCALI is pleased to host the Educational Identification of Students with ASD Training Series virtually for the 2023—2024 school year. This introductory training series, with 10 two-hour sessions is designed for Ohio school-based evaluation teams that want to learn about the process for educational identification of students with ASD. (Note: Ohio has adopted the Federal Guidelines for Educational Eligibility for Autism.)

Who Should Attend?

Ohio school-based evaluation teams, including, but not limited to the intervention specialist, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, general education teacher, and school administrator.

Key Concepts & Takeaways

  • Participants will be introduced to important research, key concepts, and strategies around understanding the legal and ethical foundations of evaluation in public schools
  • Recognizing autism in girls
  • Identifying catatonia in students with ASD
  • Understanding differential identification
  • Forming and supporting the trans-disciplinary evaluations teams
  • Developing a comprehensive evaluation team report and providing parent and staff feedback
  • Understanding the importance of adaptive behavior and emotional functioning in the assessment for educational identification of ASD, as well as learning about various assessment tools

Ruth Apsy

Presenter: Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.
Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice with The Ziggurat Group and specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She is co-creator of a comprehensive model of intervention. Along with Dr. Barry Grossman, Dr. Aspy has written The Ziggurat Model, winner of the 2008 ASA award for outstanding book of the year. Dr. Aspy speaks internationally. She has experience in both the clinic and school settings.

Fee is $125 per person for the 10 session series. There will be no separate registration for individual sessions.

Registeration Will Open August 7, 2023.

Space is limited to 110 participants.

Deadline for registration is October 27, 2023.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for cancelled registration.


Register Here!

Please contact Patt Krug with any questions: 614-401-4049 or

Please note: Topics are subject to change or may change by date.

November 8, 2023
Session 1: Autism Prevalence; Legal Foundations;

November 29, 2023
Session 2: Outcomes; Diagnosis vs. Eligibility; Adverse Effect and Autism; Catatonia

December 13, 2023
Session 3: Gender Gap: Recognizing Girls with Autism

January 10, 2024
Session 4: Differential Identification; Common Errors; Impact of ADHD on Recognizing Autism

January 24, 2024
Session 5: Team Process; Clinical Judgment vs. Relying on Scores; Occam’s Razor; Field of Training

February 7, 2024
Session 6: Report Writing; Explaining Discrepancies; Standards for Reports

February 21, 2024
Session 7: Meaningful Recommendations: Team and Individual Recommendations

March 6, 2024
Session 8: Interviews: CARS-2 & Parent Interview; Developmental History

March 20, 2024
Session 9: Instruments; Assessing Non-verbal Behavior

April 3, 2024
Session 10: Instruments; Case Studies, Interventions

Earn Credit

One hour of credit is available through Ashland University. Information for online registration for credit will be shared during the sessions.