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N.D. Autism Services

Welcome to the Autism Services Unit of the N.D. Department of Human Services.

This website is intended to provide information to parents and professionals on the state of service delivery and supports for those with autism and their families in North Dakota. Stay tuned as this website evolves and grows with your input and suggestions.

Autism Spectrum Disorders - what are they?

Autism Spectrum Disorders are developmental disorders that cause significant impairments in the areas of:

  • Socialization
  • Learning
  • Communication
  • Behavior
  • Play Skills

These deficits can lead to serious behaviors and interfere with daily living.

Characteristics do not usually manifest until between one and three years old and symptoms and level of impairments vary widely.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Evidence-Based Practices - What are they?

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPCD-ASD) at the FPG Child Development Institute recently published a new report, Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2014).

In 2010, NPDC conducted a review of the literature (from 1997-2007) on autism spectrum disorders and identified 24 evidence-based practices. The center has just updated the review, screening approximately 29,000 articles about autism spectrum disorders to identify the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22.

The new report identifies 27 focused intervention practices that provide a solid, empirical basis on which to design programs for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

The evidence-based categories are:

  • Antecedent-Based Intervention (ABI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI)
  • Differential Reinforcement of Alternative, Incompatible, or Other Behavior (DRI/DRA/DRO)
  • Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
  • Exercise (ECE)
  • Extinction (EXT)
  • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
  • Functional Communication Training (FCT)
  • Modeling (MD)
  • Naturalistic Intervention (NI)
  • Parent-Implemented Intervention (PII)
  • Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Prompting (PP)
  • Reinforcement (R+)
  • Response Interruption/Redirection (RIR)
  • Scripting (SC)
  • Self-Management (SM)
  • Social Narratives (SN)
  • Social Skills Training (SST)
  • Structured Play Group (SPG)
  • Task Analysis (TA)
  • Technology-Aided Instruction and Intervention (TAII)
  • Time Delay (TD)
  • Video Modeling (VM)
  • Visual Support (VS)


Save the Date - First Annual N.D. Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference - Oct. 20-22, 2014 - Ramada Bismarck Hotel, Bismarck, N.D. More information will be posted about the conference on this webpage.

March 27, 2014 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Announces 1 in 68 Children Now Affected by Autism in the U.S.

March 4, 2014 - The Autism Spectrum Disorder waiver amendment was submitted to Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, for their review. CMS has a minimum of 90 days to review and approve.

Dec. 3, 2013 - To allow for tribal notification (30 days) and public comments, as well as the minimum of 90 days that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has to review and approve the waiver changes (for a total of 120 days), it is anticipated that the new Autism Spectrum Disorder waiver will have an effective date of June 1, 2014.

Oct. 28, 2013 - The Autism Spectrum Disorder waiver renewal was accepted by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Oct. 25, 2013.

Notice of Administrative Rulemaking under NDCC Chapter 28-32

This is an administrative rulemaking process under state law. A public hearing for N.D. Admin. Code Chapters 75-03-38 and 75-03-39 was held on Wed., April 2, 2014, in the Judicial Wing of the State Capitol. Written comments will also be accepted until 5 p.m. (Central Time) on April 14, 2014.

Public Comment

The Autism Spectrum Disorder waiver is no longer open for public comment. The N.D. Department of Human Services will post a copy of the amended waiver once it has been granted approval by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Autism Diagnostic Clinics

Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force

Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver (effective 11/01/2010) - Based on the 2013 legislative session, changes to this waiver cannot take effect until on or after Jan. 1, 2014, AND will require approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The public will be notified if any anticipated changes are made to the waiver. (4.42mb pdf)



Autism Services Unit
Trisha Page, State Autism Coordinator
N.D. Department of Human Services
1237 W. Divide Avenue, Suite 1C
Bismarck, ND 58501-1208
Phone: 701-328-8949
Toll Free: 800-755-2719
ND Relay TTY: 800-366-6888
Fax: 701-328-8969
E-Mail: tpage@nd.gov


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