Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative Self-paced, Noncredit Short Course in Autism Interventions

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-Based Practice and Interventions training was developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, which is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities. An online module was created from the training through a partnership with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri Extension, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Office of Autism Services. Information about the course is below. You can enroll in the free online workshop by visiting the Missouri University Extension website (click the "Enroll" button at the bottom of the page--the enrollment process will guide you though the creation of an MU Extension Passport if you do not already have one).

Course title: Autism Interventions

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe evidence-based interventions and why they are important.
  • Identify basic practices used with children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Describe important considerations for making intervention decisions.


This self-directed module, the third in a series developed by the Central Missouri Rapid Response Team, provides a general overview of evidence-based practices and interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This module includes brief descriptions of evidence-based interventions that are supported by scientific research and what those interventions have in common. It also provides some general strategies that are used with children who have challenges in communication, social interaction, changes and transitions, and sensory input. Guidelines for making intervention decisions are provided, along with resources for more information about specific interventions.

Presenter: Julie Donnelly, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie Donnelly is an adjunct associate professor for the University of Missouri and teaches masters level autism courses. She keynotes conferences, gives presentations and publishes internationally in the Autism and Special Education field. She has a Ph.D. with a focus in autism and over 30 years of teaching and consulting experience. Dr. Donnelly is the mother of Jean-Paul Bovee, who experiences autism and they frequently present as a mother and son team.