AFIRM: Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules

The NPDC created online modules for each of the 27 evidence-based practices. The modules are called Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM).

Each module will guide the learner through how to use the practice by focusing on the three specific steps of

  1. planning,
  2. using, and
  3. monitoring.

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Additional Available Resources


NCAEP is a continuation of the evidence review that was completed by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) which included research published through 2011. We will review research studies published in the last six years (2012-2017) which examine the impact of behavioral, educational, clinical and developmental practices and service models used with individuals on the autism spectrum from birth through age 21. 


Evidence-based practice (EBP) briefs were developed by the NPDC on ASD for 24 identified evidence-based practices. An evidence-based practice (EBP) brief is a file that contains key documents including an overview of the practice, evidence-base for the practice, step-by-step implementation strategies, and an implementation checklists (for fidelity).


ASD Toddler site imageThe ASD Toddler Initiative Online Learning Modules

Online learning module that support the use of evidence-based practices for young children (birth-3) and for their families.

Early Intervention Learning Module

Early identification (EI) of ASD is a topic of much national attention, and for which we need sound practices in child find and outreach as well as valid and reliable measures for surveillance, screening and diagnosis. The ASD Toddler Initiative has developed an online learning module as a free resource.


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EBP Case Studies developed by the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA)

Online case studies that apply specific evidence-based practices to high school students with ASD.