Education and Training

At The Center, education and training are a key part of our mission. We strive to provide innovative educational and training opportunities to benefit parents, grandparents, caregivers, and professionals impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder.



    School Related Resources


The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders collaborates with Chapman University's College of Educational Studies for the F.A.S.T. program. This program helps families, schools, and community service providers to collaborate with one another in order to build an effective, high-quality learning plan for each individual child. 

Who We Are:

The F.A.S.T. Team is a dynamic group of faculty members and Graduate Students from Chapman University's College of Educational Studies with skills in the areas (but not limited to):

• IEP (Individualized Education Plan)

• Behavior and Academic Interventions 

• Psychoeducational Assessment Interpretation

• Mental Health in the Schools

• Special Education Law

What We Do:

We help our partners build effective learning plans for each individual child in a number of ways. For families and youth, we offer informational workshops and individualized consultation. For school districts and community service providers, we offer professional development opportunities and personalized consultation to help support the needs of the youth and the families they serve. 


This series is centered on helping families become active knowledgeable IEP team members with a focus on collaboratively working with schools. 


Current patients of the center may be referred for this service through their medical provider. Once referred, parents/caregivers are required to enroll in on of our informational workshops before working individually with our professionals. After attending this initial workshop, some families may benefit from an individualized educational consultation. Our professionals will work with collaboratively with you and your child's school system to maximize outcomes for the child. 


We offer Education Consultation with our team and school psychologist and other school-based professionals. We work collaboratively with schools in a number of areas, including helping to enhance their special education services, tips on classroom management, or consultation with an individual student/family. We also arrange contracts for services for one-time consultation and training's, or for ongoing consultation on an annual basis. Please contact us at 949-267-0444 if you are interested in any of our training services for educators. 


We provide individualized, high-quality training to families, caregivers, and community providers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. We strive to teach acquire skills needed to improve the outcomes of individuals with developmental differences. 

Our Goal is to provide training that is grounded in best practice for the therapist, healthcare providers, and students in ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), medicine, psychology, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, and other individuals and organizations who provide treatment to those who have autism. 

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Autism 101 Series

Advantage Social Communication Program 

Ask an ABA Expert 

Bullying: Strategies to Protect Your Child 

Conservatorship & Alternatives

Feeding & Mealtime Challenges 

Potty Training 

Managing Tantrums & Meltdowns 

Mindfulness Wednesdays

Mindfulness Wednesday in Spanish: !Meditación los miércoles!

Sleep Time & Morning Routines 

Safety Training: A Caregiver's Guide to Keeping your Child with Autism Safe 

Success in Special Education Workshops

Transition Workshop


Our center offers sponsorships for families in need of financial assistance.  Once you have returned the completed Sponsorship Request Form, our Training Coordinator will contact you and update you on the status of your request.  All requests are to be submitted to the training department no later than one week prior to the date of the program you are requesting financial assistance for. 

To find out more about when these classes are offered or to register for them, please contact us at or 949-267-0471.

If you would like more information about individual or professional training needs, contact our Education and Training Director, Anna Laakman, at 949-267-0444.

The education and training classes The Center offers have given my family the resources we need to better understand Autism Spectrum Disorder" - Jennifer 


2500 Red Hill Ave
Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92705


Phone: 1.949.267.0400
Fax: 1.949.221.0004
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University of California, Irvine Choc Childrens Chapman University William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation Children & Families Commission of Orange County