Through outreach and training, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute addresses areas such as social-communication difficulties, that affect the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families.

Through various training methods, we target a wide range of community needs, from child-specific consultations to system-wide change. Our training program extends from local to international sites, benefiting children and families from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Outreach and training efforts incorporate a wide range of educational components, including in-service training on ASD and intervention, specific intervention strategy training, supervision strategies for the classroom, empowering and working with families, Early Achievements (early intervention) model and consultation, and consultations for classroom design and intervention programming.

Current Opportunities:

  • LIVE Spring Training Series - Registration Open! A special virtual live and on-demand webinar series. Professionals, family members, and community members will learn from and engage with Kennedy Krieger Institute speakers. Professionals can earn continuing education units (CEUs) and a certificate of attendance for a small fee.
  • ON-DEMAND Winter Training Series - Videos Now Available! Recorded versions of all CARD Winter Training Series live webinars will be made available for online viewing shortly. Professionals seeking CEUs and certificates are required to register. Family and community members will be able to watch the training videos free of charge.
  • Recorded STAR Training Videos - Watch Now!: A compilation of videos featuring an assortment of autism-related topics, transition and adolescence, communication and relationships and autism at school.
  • Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial: To improve recognition of the early signs of ASD among pediatricians, parents, and early intervention providers, autism researcher Dr. Rebecca Landa of Kennedy Krieger Institute has developed this free 9-minute video tutorial on ASD behavioral signs in one-year-olds.
  • Professional Training Programs: Specialized training for pre-professionals and professionals in pediatric medicine, psychiatry, psychology, and speech-language pathology.
  • School Consultations: Guidance to national and international programs serving children with ASD as well as assistance for school districts across Maryland in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.
  • Technical Assistance ServicesServices are provided through a collaboration between the Maryland State Department of Education and Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Technical assistance is available to local infant and toddler programs and school systems on Maryland’s Eastern Shore facing challenges in serving children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).