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LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center

411 S. Prieur New Orleans, LA 70112
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Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project

The Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project has been a partnership between the LSUHSC Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education since 2006.  The overall purpose of LASARD is to improve outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.  Due to the rising prevalence of ASD, there is an increased need for highly effective educators to provide the best possible services and supports for students with ASD and their families. 


Although the primary focus of LASARD is support for students with ASD, LASARD also provides support for students with related disabilities.   Those related disabilities have included: Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Orthopedic Impairment, Speech/Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.  This also includes students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented.

Upcoming Events


LASARD Webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect. These one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested.  CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour. 

Schedules: At a Glance!

August 24, 2017    2:30 - 3:30 PM

Individuals with ASD often feel lost and anxious when daily activities are not clearly indicated or if the sequence of those activities is not understood.  Teachers and parents may find themselves offering repeated cues and high levels of support to help the individual move from activity to activity.  One solution? Create visual schedules that tell the individual where she should be, when she should be there and what she will be doing.  This webinar will provide a step-by-step process for creating and using visual schedules that reduce anxiety and frustration and support independence from adult-delivered prompts.  

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Stop…Think…Act: Teaching Self-Management Strategies to Individuals with ASD

September 21, 2017      2:30 - 3:30 PM

You are teaching a math lesson.  Most of your students are actively engaged and working as instructed…except for one student who is out of her seat, walking around, talking to peers.  You find yourself interrupting your lesson again and again to redirect.  This is a common scenario in many classrooms.  This webinar will define what self-management is, describe the rationale for using it as a proactive strategy for increasing positive behavior and a greater level of independence, and outline a step by step approach for developing an implementation plan.

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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.  Each module takes approximately an hour to complete, and CEUs are available upon successful completion of a short quiz. 

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.


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