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LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center

411 S. Prieur New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 556-7585 | Fax:(504) 556-7574


Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project

The LASARD Project is a collaborative effort between LSUHSC Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education. The goals of the project are:

  • to improve educational practices and outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related disabilities and
  • to develop statewide capacity to provide high quality educational programs for these students.

Ten school districts/LEAs currently participate in the Project:

Each district/LEA contracts directly with HDC through the LASARD project for Training and Technical Assistance. LASARD facilitators provide regular technical support to each building level team to support their efforts to implement their action plans and become demonstration sites.

Alumni Districts/LEAs:

  • KIPP Schools New Orleans
  • Lincoln Parish
  • Vernon Parish


Autism Training Modules

In collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education, the LSUHSC Human Development Center has developed online professional development modules as part of the Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project. There are nine modules offered:

All modules are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

Click here to get to the Autism Training Modules.

Upcoming Training and Events


LASARD webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect.  These one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested, but registration is limited to 200 participants.  CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour and complete a short quiz. 

Not a Lazy Kid Revisited

Presenter: Chris Champagne, LASARD Facilitator

September 22, 2016

2:30 - 3:30

Do you work with students who are impulsive, inflexible and who struggle with organization, planning and problem-solving? Do these students also have difficulty succeeding in school, interacting appropriately with peers and following through with assigned tasks or responsibilities both at home and at school?  These difficulties may not be because of lack of effort or desire to do well but due to difficulty with executive functioning skills.  The good news is that there are a variety of evidence-based strategies that have been proven effective and can be implemented in a wide range of settings for students in all grade levels.  This webinar will focus on those strategies that help with flexibility, emotionality, impulse control, planning and organizing and problem solving.

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Do it Again!  How To Use Reinforcement At School 

Presenter: Julie Riley, LASARD Coordinator

October 13, 2016

2:30 - 3:30

Reinforcement is one of the most effective behavioral strategies that you can use, but the key is knowing how to use it effectively.  In this webinar, practical reinforcement strategies will be discussed and examples will be shared.  Participants will learn how to assess student preferences, explore schedules of reinforcement, and examine when to change the reinforcement system. 

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