DIR 403: Ethical Considerations in Autism Related Services

A Professional Ethics Course

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Course Description

This 3-hour short course is based on the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s toolkit for professionals on ethical considerations in autism-related services and supports entitled, "For Whose Benefit: Evidence, Ethics, and Effectiveness of Autism Interventions". This toolkit was developed by autistic self-advocates as a way to give the field feedback on what is ethical and what is not. There are many common practices within autism-related services and supports that have serious ethical concerns and there are many ways we all need to look at the work we are doing to ensure we are operating at the highest ethical level possible. Listening to feedback from autistics that have experienced services and supports that were intended to help that may have also done harm, is critical. 

Definition of Ethics: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation.

Being ethical is complex. It is not a singularly defined task, but rather a complex process based on many variables. This course will use the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s toolkit as a guide for exploring our practices as professionals to challenge all of us to engage in the process of providing ethical services in consideration of all dynamics with the perspectives of autistic self-advocates as the lead. 

This course is not a DIRFloortime specific course. It is a course designed for all professionals serving those on the spectrum including art therapists, behavioral analysts and techs, counselors, developmental therapists, early intervention specialists, educators, music therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologists, and any other professionals and paraprofessionals providing services or supporting individuals on the autism spectrum including administrators and administrative assistants.  

Learning Objectives


Professional Continuing Education

All participants can request a Certificate of Attendance documenting hours of participation and available professional continuing education credits at the time of registration. Please note that continuing education credit is only provided for direct seat time. Course preparation including readings, lectures, and mentoring is not included in the CE hour or credit total. This course is a live online course and participants must log in individually to the online classroom, following the instructions provided by ICDL and with their camera on, so there is a record of each participant's attendance individually. If participants join in a room with a group, each participant must still log in on their own device so ICDL can see each participant and verify each individual's login and log out of the online classroom. Participants must attend the entire course to get CE credit. Partial credit is not an option.  

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ICDL does not receive any commercial support for the DIRFloortime certificate courses. If any commercial support is provided for a conference or event, it will be disclosed on the promotional material or webpage for that specific event. 

Continuing Education Questions?  E-mail ceu@icdl.com

Speech and Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Various levels, Related areas).

Non-Credit Onsite Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, and dinner functions nor breaks, board and committee meetings, and networking events.

Skills Level: This Training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, educators, and mental health treating professionals of all skill levels.

Important Information for Speech and Language Pathologists:

As part of your registration, you were asked to share your ASHA account number. This is required for ICDL to process your ASHA continuing education credits. Our Continuing Education Department will complete and submit an ASHA participant form on your behalf at the conclusion of your course.

We also request that all participants complete a course evaluation form that will be received via email. This course evaluation is for ICDL and is used to help improve all aspects of our training program. Your feedback is valuable, and we thank you for your time!

If you have any questions about this process, please email us at ceu@icdl.com.

Occupational Therapists

DIR 403: Ethical Considerations in Autism Related Services

ICDL is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Provider approval ID # 6778. This live online course is offered at 0.3 CEUs, introductory level, professional area. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Non-Credit Onsite Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner functions or breaks; board and committee meetings, networking events.

Skills Level: This Training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, educators and mental health treating professionals of all skill levels.

To obtain AOTA CEUs from a course you have taken, please follow these steps:

1. As part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)’s Approved Provider Program, ICDL is required to have a certain number of short online surveys completed for renewal as a continuing education provider. Please complete this one-page survey about your continuing education experience here: http://www.aota.org/appsurvey.

2. Complete the course evaluation form that has been emailed to you from ICDL. This course evaluation is for ICDL and is used to help us improve our course offerings. We thank you for your time.


ICDL has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6733. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ICDL is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  This course is available for NBCC continuing education credits.  The number of CEUs for NBCC is based on the number of "seat" hours for the course.  This course has three (3) seat hours of instruction.

Social Workers


International Council on Development and Learning, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0371.  This course is offered for 3 contact hours of credit.  

music therapists

MT-BCs can claim credits for the course under the Other Continuing Education Opportunities category for recertification. Please refer to the Recertification Manual for additional details