New Hampshire Leadership Education in Autism Spectrum Disorders (NH-LEASD) Program

This project was completed in September 2016

NH LEASD ProgramThe number of individuals diagnosed with an ASD has been steadily on the rise. There is a gap between what is known and the availability of high-quality supports and services for children with ASD and their families. Many primary care and early childhood providers are not trained to identify these early signs. There are: long waits between suspicion of an ASD, referral, and confirmed diagnosis; critical shortages of qualified personnel to screen for and diagnose ASD, workforce shortages in qualified direct care providers at all levels; and a lack the necessary knowledge and skills related to evidence-based practices.

Goals and Objectives
The aim of the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Autism Spectrum Disorders Program is to increase early screening, diagnosis, and effective family-centered treatment of children with ASD.

Overall Goal
Increase the number of highly qualified health-care and education professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities to provide evidenced-based services for children with or suspected of having ASD and their families, including screening, referral, diagnosis, assessment, and interventions.

  • Goal 1: Implement the NH LEASD curriculum for an interdisciplinary group of long-term trainees and intermediate-term trainees to develop their knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities in ASD.
  • Goal 2: Implement a research agenda in the area of ASD and to disseminate findings from individual studies statewide, regionally, and nationally via a minimum of six (6) refereed articles.
  • Goal 3: Collaborate with key statewide stakeholders, including policymakers, state agencies, service organizations, families, and self-advocates implement, evaluate, and sustain an ASD Leadership Network.

Seven medical practices have been accepted for the Learning Collaborative initiative which includes early screening within their practices. In addition, four professionals will be chosen for the 2009-10 traineeship in Advanced ASD studies. Please see the Educational Pathways chart for a better understanding of the  potential tracks for learning through this grant.

Areas of Emphasis: 
Age Levels: 
Early Childhood