Educational Identification of Students with ASD Training Series

November 2019 – February 2020
Registration: 8:30am
Sessions: 9:00am-4:00pm

Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Community Room in Alumni Hall
(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 for the 2019-2020 school year. This four-part, introductory training series 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, and identifying catatonia in students with ASD
  • 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 $225 per person for the 4-day series. There will be no separate registration for individual sessions.

Register now! Space is limited to 110 participants.

Deadline for registration is October 18, 2019.

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

Registration is closed.


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

In the event of inclement weather on one of the training days, please refer to the OCALI website for delays or rescheduling details.

November 4, 2019
Educational Identification and the Law; Autism in Girls; Catatonia
The focus of this training is the legal and ethical foundations of evaluation in the public schools. Federal and state guidelines for evaluation will be presented along with examples from case law. Autism as defined in Ohio’s Operating Standards, IDEA, and the DSM will be reviewed. Those making decisions regarding eligibility for Special Education must be familiar with the two tiers of eligibility – disability and adverse effect on educational performance. These tiers will be discussed and applied. The impact of factors such as gender, race, and socio-economic status will also be reviewed. In addition, as many as 18% of individuals with ASD also have symptoms of catatonia. The importance of considering catatonia during the course of an assessment for educational identification of autism will be emphasized.

December 2, 2019
Trans-Disciplinary Evaluation Teams
Trans-disciplinary autism evaluation teams with well-trained and experienced team members must be established before any district, region, or state can adequately serve students with ASD. In almost all circumstances this will require significant systems change. They must work together in a collaborative fashion throughout the steps of the evaluation process – preparation, administration, interpretation, and communication of results. The formation and functioning of the transdisciplinary autism evaluation team will be the focus of this training. Emphasis will be placed on the team decision-making process as applied to case studies. Topics will include low-threshold behaviors and how to interpret discrepancies in observations.

January 13, 2020
Developing a Comprehensive Evaluation Team Report and Providing Parent and Staff Feedback
The evaluation team produces a report summarizing findings and culminating in recommendations. Elements of a strong report will be discussed. Quality, individualized recommendations for programming and intervention are the most important part of the team report. A comparison of recommendations made by members from different fields working in isolation to recommendations formulated through collaboration by a trans-disciplinary team will be presented.

February 3, 2020
Assessment Tools
Formal training on each tool will NOT be the emphasis of this session
A well-trained and experienced team is the most important element of a quality assessment. A specific test is a tool that is only as effective as the team members who utilize it. An introduction of a variety of useful tools will be presented. These may include:

  • Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition (ABAS-III)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
  • Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS)
  • Childhood Autism Rating Scales (CARS 2)
  • Children’s Communication Checklist-2 (CCC-2)
  • Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS-3)
  • Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing Apserger’sSyndrome (MIGDAS)
  • Psychoeducational Profile: Third Edition (PEP-3)
  • Sensory Profile
  • Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS-2)
  • Underlying Characteristics Checklist (UCC-EI, UCC-CL, UCC-HF, UCC-SR-Adolescent, UCC-SR-Adult)
  • Sensory Processing Measure™ (SPM™)

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