TRIAD 2021-22 Early Intervention Professional Development Opportunities

Virtual Lunch and Learn Series
Supporting Caregivers Before and After Diagnostic Evaluations

Please join Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) Early Intervention Virtual Lunch and Learn Webinar Series focused on Supporting Caregivers Before and After a Diagnostic Evaluation. The purpose of this webinar series is to give all early intervention providers information and strategies to support families that may be pursuing an Autism evaluation for their child. This series will consist of three 1-hour interactive webinar sessions and will discuss red flags for ASD, how to understand and explain psychological evaluations to caregivers, and recommended foundational strategies following a diagnosis. There will also be opportunities to participate in discussion board conversations to ask questions and access resources. Registrants are encouraged to attend all sessions or access recordings of prior webinars but attendance at all events is not mandatory for participation.


Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Location: Online
Audience: Early Intervention Providers

Technology Requirements
  • Internet access
  • Web-capable device (e.g., tablet, computer)
Training Topics
  • What is ASD?
  • Understanding psychological evaluations
  • Support after the diagnosis
Webinar Format
  • Group instruction
  • Group discussion
  • Question and answer
Proof of Attendance Participants will receive certificates documenting their participation in 1 hour of professional development (per webinar attended).

Virtual and Professional Learning Community (VPLC)
Online Learning Communities for Early Intervention Professionals

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will facilitate 6 sessions of virtual professional development designed specifically for Early Intervention providers who directly serve young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental delays/disorders. This series will be offered during the Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022. The Fall session will focus on addressing sleep challenges. The Spring session will focus on strategies to increase social engagement in young children. The purpose of the Early Intervention VPLC series are to support Early Intervention providers in accessing knowledge and strategies to better serve children with ASD and their families. The series will include six, 1.5 hour, webinars, discussion board conversations and a 30-minute coaching session per month.

Registration for the Spring session will open in November

Participant Requirements
  • Internet Access
  • Web-capable device (e.g. tablet, computer)
  • Application completed by: deadline July 15, 2021
  • Recommendation from EIRA director/supervisor
  • Willingness to complete multiple live remote consult/coaching sessions
  • Willingness to present and train others
  • Willingness to complete assignments that include uploading videos/content to an online platform in between sessions
  • Willingness to participate in discussion board conversations
Dates Participants may register for one or both sessions.
  • Fall: August 2021-January 2022
  • Spring: January 2022-June 2022
Training Topics Evidence-based practices for working with children with ASD and related disorders as well as their caregivers. Participants may apply for one or both PLC opportunities.
  • Fall: Addressing Sleep
  • Spring: Increasing Social Engagment
Webinar Format Six total 1.5-hour sessions per year including:
  • Didactic presentation of training material
  • Case presentation and discussion
  • Supported small group activities
Additional requirements In between sessions:
  • Self-monitoring practice of professional skills
  • Homework assignments – after each session, expect 1 hour of homework to be completed before attending the next session (including engagement with additional required training modules, reflection, and planning).
  • As a part of the series, for certification, you will be asked to use the knowledge you gained from this experience to support colleagues and other professionals in developing their own practice.
Proof of Attendance Participants will receive certificates documenting their participation after all six sessions and accompanying assignments are completed.
Follow Up Participants will receive education and support implementing evidence-based practice with young children with ASD from TRIAD Consultants. TRIAD consultants will provide support to TEIS providers to implement training with peers in their region.

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This professional development training series is sponsored by the Tennessee Early Intervention System and is available to all early intervention providers at no-cost to participants. The training content provided was developed from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and its affiliated clinics based on clinical evaluations for children under 3 years of age. Some information included in this presentation may not apply to other entities or populations.