• Autism means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal or nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age 3, that adversely affects a student’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

    The term does not apply if a student’s educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the student has an emotional disability as defined by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education eligibility criteria.

    A student who manifests the characteristics of autism after age 3 could be identified as having autism if the criteria are satisfied.

Quick Links

  • SSD's Family & Community Resource Center
  • Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of autism.

  • Other local, state and national resources related to autism

Ask the EPS: Autism Strategies

  • This training is designed to provide families and caregivers with easy-to-use strategies to help students on the spectrum and other related developmental disabilities. These strategies will support individuals to participate, be motivated, and to demonstrate more expected behaviors and can be used anywhere- in the home and community. If you would like an additional learning experience with our autism effective practice specialists, please complete the survey after the video to provide your information and gain access to an upcoming learning opportunity.