Autism Evaluation and
    Eligibility Determination Series
    Information Sharing and Q&A


    10.10.23 • 10.24.23 • 11.28.23 • 12.12.23 • 1.9.24 • 1.23.24  •  2.13.24 •  2.27.24   

    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM



    In each session, we focus on a specific component of the evaluation and eligibility determination process. Each session will include a presentation of best practice guidance, followed by an opportunity for participants to ask technical questions, discuss specific issues, and problem-solve.

    As always, we ask participants to refrain from using actual student names or disclosing any other personally identifiable information protected under FERPA.

    These sessions are open to all Oregon public school and early childhood educators and staff. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Separate registration is required for each session.

    Click here for information on accessing the video recordings of these sessions.  


    Session 1 - October 10, 2023
    Overview of the ASD Evaluation Process and Eligibility Criteria, Key Tenets

    Overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) evaluations and eligibility determination process. Review of core features (social communication, restricted-repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities) and the seven domains. Contrasting medical diagnosis versus educational eligibility under IDEA. Describe the required assessments and criteria for eligibility. Exploring the referral process and obtaining consent to evaluate. Key tenets of evaluation best practices.

    Training Module




    Session 2 - October 24, 2023
    Gathering the Developmental History, Parent Interview and Required Health Information
    How to gather the required Developmental History and conduct the Parent/Caregiver Interview to explore early developmental and current behavioral characteristics of autism. Gathering the required Medical or Health Assessment information, as well as the hearing and vision screenings.

    Session 3 - November 28, 2023
    Conducting Unstructured and Structured Observations

    Guidance on completing the required unstructured observations across settings and during peer interaction. Explore how to conduct structured observations (i.e. direct interactions). Discuss developmentally appropriate activities and elicitation techniques that assist the evaluator in assessing the presence or absence of behavioral characteristics associated with autism. 

    Session 4 - December 12, 2023
    Review of Standardized Autism Identification Tools: Selection and Appropriate Use

    Review of Standardized Autism Identification Tools that are valid and reliable, exploring strengths and limitations of each - and the appropriate use of these tools relative to other assessment components. Explore Additional Assessments and standardized instruments (e.g., cognitive, adaptive, emotional/behavioral) that assist in determining adverse impact and instructional needs.

    Session 5 - January 9, 2024  
    Social Communication Assessment for SLPs

    Review of requirements associated with the Social Communication Assessment completed by SLPs (functional receptive and expressive language, pragmatics in natural contexts with peers, social understanding). We will discuss a variety of assessment procedures, selected based on the age and presentation of each child or youth (e.g., verbally fluent versus non-speaking). While intended for SLPs, all school-based professionals are welcome!

    Session 6 - January 23, 2024  
    Report Writing and Reviewing Results with Parents & Team

    Guidance on report writing with templates and examples. Developing a profile of the child or youth, relative to developmental expectations. Meaningfully capturing strengths and abilities. Suggestions for guiding parents and caregivers through the evaluation and eligibility.   

    Session 7 - February 13, 2024  
    Facilitating Eligibility Determination Meetings and Navigating Complexity
    Conducting an eligibility determination meeting, going through the eligibility criteria, arriving at a team-based conclusion. Tips for navigating disagreements, understanding procedural safeguards and parent rights (e.g., to request an independent education evaluation/IEE).

    Session 8 - February 27, 2024
    Differentiating Autism in Girls
    Understanding key differences in assessing autism in girls.

    You must sign up for each session individually. Look for a link in the session title that will take you to the complete session information where you may register. Please send any question to Darthea Park at dpark@pps.net