Introduction to ASD

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Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that primarily affects social communication. This introduction to ASD describes characteristics of autism, including social communication, repetitive behaviors, thinking and learning, and how to support learners with ASD.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through:

  • Characteristics of ASD, including social communication, repetitive behaviors, thinking and learning
  • How to support learners with ASD
  • Activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The Introduction to ASD module will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete.

If you leave the module prior to finishing, your place within the module will be saved. From your My Account page, look in the My Modules tab and select the last page viewed to resume this module.

Suggested citation:
Steinbrenner, J., Sam, A., Chin, J., Morgan, W., & AFIRM for Paras Team. (2019). Introduction to ASD. FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

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