6 Areas of Autism Competency

The IBCCES Board of Directors has approved 6 areas of autism competency for the CAS program.

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Autism Overview

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Behavior

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Early Childhood Identification

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Comorbities

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Parent Communication

Benefits of Certification

  • Earn CEUs – training content through an AOTA-approved provider are available upon request
  • Increase positive outcomes.
  • Become a resource with the best practices and strategies gained from training.
  • Certification shows advanced knowledge of autism to parents, clients, and co-workers.
  • Increases your opportunity for career advancement and increased earnings.
  • Online format allows you to complete training at your own pace.
  • Specialized certifications increase chance of district and hospital contracts.
  • Assist in demonstrating compliance with special education law for school-based clients.

Certified Autism Specialist certification badge

Certified Autism Specialist: Requirements

  • Master’s Degree & 2 years of experience in the field or a Bachelors degree & 10 years of experience in the field
  • 14 autism-related CE hours: These hours can be earned through IBCCES training as a part of certification. Current applicable credit hours can be uploaded during the application process.
  • Pass the competency exam

Autism Certificate from IBCCES

Autism Certificate: Requirements

  • Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism.
  • 14 autism-related CE hours: These hours can be earned through IBCCES as a part of the certification. Current applicable credit hours can be uploaded in the application process.
  • Pass the online competency exam

  • Cari Ann OT“Having my CAS has allowed me to not only be a resource for the parents whose children I get the privilege to work with, but also to pass the knowledge learned onto co-workers and students. It has helped facilitate a team approach between OT, PT, and ST to treating children with Autism, which helps that child and family all the more.” – Cari Ann, MOTR, CAS

  • Amanda Schleicher“Due to COVID-19, school has been shut down, so providing OT services has looked quite a bit different. Having the knowledge from the CAS training has helped me to improve my rapport with the students with autism that I serve via virtual interactions. But, more so right now due to homeschooling, I’ve used the knowledge I’ve gained to more effectively educate, inform, and support the families of my students with autism so they can better interact with and support their children within their home environment.” – Amanda Schleicher, OT, CAS

  • The IBCCES training has allowed me to take a deeper look into the therapy plans I create for my patients and students. I have a better understanding of the Autism Spectrum diagnoses and how to overcome challenging behaviors. I feel that I am now more equipped to adapt the environment to the patient/student or adapt the student/patient to their environment.–Shala MS, OTR/L, CPAM, CAS

  • Having my CAS has allowed me to not only be a resource for the parents whose children I get the privilege to work with, but also to pass the knowledge learned onto co-workers and students. It has helped facilitate a team approach between OT, PT, and ST to treating children with Autism, which helps that child and family all the more.–Cari Ann MOTR, CAS

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