Educational Identification of Students with ASD Virtual Training Series

November 2021 – March 2022
All sessions will be held from 8-10a.m.
Registration: 7:45am

Register Here

(Space limited to 110 participants)

"This training series was very informative and provided our school with the necessary tools to identify students with 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 2021—2022 school year. This introductory training series, with 10 two-hour sessions is designed for school-based evaluation teams that want to learn about the process for educational identification of students with ASD.

Who Should Attend?

School-based evaluation teams, including 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.

Register now! Space is limited to 110 participants.

Deadline for registration is October 25, 2021.

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


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

November 3, 2021
Session 1: Autism Prevalence; Legal Foundations;

November 10, 2021
Session 2: Outcomes; Diagnosis vs. Eligibility; Adverse Effect and Autism; Catatonia

December 1, 2021
Session 3: Gender Gap: Recognizing Girls with Autism

December 15, 2021
Session 4: Differential Identification; Common Errors; Impact of ADHD on Recognizing Autism

January 5, 2022
Session 5: Team Process; Assessing Online; Clinical Judgment vs. Relying on Scores; Occam’s Razor; Field of Training

January 19, 2022
Session 6: Report Writing; Explaining Discrepancies; Standards for Reports

February 2, 2022
Session 7: Meaningful Recommendations: Team and Individual Recommendations

February 16, 2022
Session 8: Interviews: CARS-2 & Parent Interview; Developmental History

March 2, 2022
Session 9: Instruments; Assessing Non-verbal Behavior

March 16, 2022
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.