Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division

Project Specialized Early Teaching (SET)

Project Specialized Early Teaching (Project SET) is a training and technical assistance program offered to professionals working with children with autism in early intervention programs or preschool programs throughout the state of New Mexico. The goals of the program are to promote the early identification and diagnosis of young children and increase competence in evidence based interventions for autism spectrum disorders. Project SET consultants host annual live trainings, conduct webinars and are available to conduct short-term consultations to classrooms and agencies. Project SET is jointly funded by the NM Department of Health / Family Infant Toddler Program and the NM Public Education Department / Special Education Bureau.

For information about Project Specialized Early Teaching call (505) 272-1852 or     1-800-270-1861.

Upcoming SET Training Opportunities

All FIT providers,  community partners and families are invited to attend the 2014-2015 series of webinars focused on the needs of families of young children with ASD and their service providers.

Preschool ASD Institute

February 5th & 6th, 2015 — Sponsword by Project SET and the NM Public Education Department, Special Education Bureau

Dr. Ilene Schwartz, co-author of Building Blocks for our Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs will be our speaker.

What’s a Preschool teacher to do?
What exactly is the best early intervention for preschoolers with ASD?
How do we individualize given the “spectrum” of ASD?
How do we provide for the needs of all the students in the class; with and without ASD?
How do we work with the curricular constraints of state and district?

Come explore with us some answers to these questions and more at the Preschool ASD Institute!

Watch for registration to open December 1st!

Parent Webinars

November 13, 2014 — Estrategias y Actividades para Facilitar el Juego  (presented in Spanish)
Los padres lo escuchan todo el tiempo. "Intervención intensa temprana es muy importante para los niños pequeños con autismo. " Pero, ¿qué pueden hacer los padres?  Puede que ellos no sepan lo que los intervencionistas saben. Están haciendo todo lo posible por ser buenos padres. ¡La buena noticia es que el juego es intervención temprana! Atrae a los niños a la comunicación social y hace que sea divertido y un fortalecimiento para padres e hijos. Este seminario hablará de maneras de jugar con los niños que ayudarán a enseñarles habilidades de comunicación social necesarias. Se invita a los padres (y a los intervencionistas) a participar del seminario, presentado en español, el 13 de noviembre y en Inglés el 21 de noviembre.

Provider Webinars

January 27, 2015 — Talking to Families about ASD Concerns

January 29, 2015 — Screening Young Children for ASD Concerns

February 5, 2015 — Evidence Based Practices for Young Children with ASD

March 5, 2015 — Visual Supports for Toddlers

April 9, 2015 — Navigating Resources to Support Families following an ASD diagnosis


Please feel free to attend any or all of the webinars.  Certificates of attendance are available.


A ‘waiting list’ will be collected on the registration web page for this training. You will be contacted if a seat becomes available via email.  By entering your information you are being added to the wait list you are not registering for the training.



Early Intervention providers, child care providers, Head Start staff, families, health care providers, therapists and other early childhood partners are invited to attend this informative presentation funded by the New Mexico Department of Health.

CEUs are available