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Autism Awareness Training

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability stemming from problems in a child’s neurological system. ASD impacts how a child communicates, behaves, and socializes with others. ASD includes a wide-ranging and complex set of issues, and the impact varies greatly from one child to another.  

In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1 in 68 children born in the US are affected by ASD, a dramatic increase over the last decade. Boys are five times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls. 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) is used by psychologists, psychiatrists, or other specially trained medical professionals to diagnose a child with ASD. The DSM-5 criteria for ASD include difficulties with communicating and interacting with others, repetitive or restrictive interests and activities, and behavioral issues.

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MAIER staff is available to provide guidance and training to Maine agencies and organizations, schools, and district staff.
Autism Awareness Training includes the following:

  • Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
  • Overview of Evidence-based practices
  • Using a universal approach to all students
  • Transition
  • What we can do every day

 Full day of training on-site: $500/day. Contact MAIER by email or call 207-581-2448 FMI.

MAIER Online Resources

MAIER offers a downloadable fact sheet, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Fact Sheet, for public use. [ASD Fact Sheet PDF]   [ASD Fact Sheet: MS Word]

Autism Basics: The following videos provide a brief overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum Disorders and its potential impact on young children and school-aged children.