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Welcome to the Group: Inclusion for Young Children with Autism

Wed December 4, 2019: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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About This Webinar

Child care providers and preschool teachers need to use best-practices to successfully include young children with autism and related disorders in their programs. This webinar discusses best practices for including all children (birth-5) in program activities. Presenters define what is inclusion and the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings.  They also discuss best practices professionals can use to include young children with autism and identify social and physical modifications for the environment that could support successful inclusion.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

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Continuing Education


Due to COVID-19, the ability to access face-to-face professional development has become very limited.  Thus the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) has agreed to extend CE credit for this archived OneOp Early Intervention webinar for ILLINOIS providers through Jun. 30, 2024.  Individuals seeking CE credit to be used towards other state or agency credentials should contact their credentialing/licensing agency for guidance.

Presenter Information

Dr. Mandy Rispoli is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University and the co-director of the Purdue Autism Cluster.  She earned her PhD in special education with a concentration in autism and developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Rispoli is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level.  Her research focuses on functional behavior assessment and function-based intervention for challenging behavior in children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Hedda Meadan is a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois, a Goldstick Family Scholar, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Meadan’s areas of interest include social-communication skills and challenging behavior of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and intervention methods to enhance these spheres of functioning.

Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day | Series

This four-part webinar series will focus on supporting young children with autism and their families. Throughout the series, our highly respected presenters will take us through important steps in the lives of families of children with autism and related disorders.

Series Homepage

Event Materials

PDF Slides with note spaces

PDF of Additional Resources

Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in Montessori Schools (audio blog)

Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in Private Preschools (video blog)

Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in Childcare (audio blog)

PDF of the Autism Speaks Inclusion Tool Kit

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