The 2011 strategic plan for autism research

The Interagency Autism Coordinating committee (IACC)  has released its 2011 strategic plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. The document can be downloaded from:     … [Read more...]

Working effectively with children with autism spectrum disorder

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC on ASD) has identified 24 evidence-based practices for working effectively with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and is in the process of developing free online modules for each of these practices. Evidence-based practice (EBP) briefs for these 24 practices have also been developed. These include an overview of the practice, directions for implementation, an implementation … [Read more...]

How autism emerges: Patterns of onset in the first years of life

A 44-minute video from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. … [Read more...]

Autism spectrum disorders: A primer for parents and educators

This primer comes from the National Association of School Psychologists with basic facts about autism spectrum disorders and effective intervention strategies. … [Read more...]

Tips on communicating with a non-verbal child

This brief article is written by the mother of a young boy with autism spectrum disorder who is essentially non-verbal.  … [Read more...]

How PDD works

You take your child to the doctor, and after a battery of tests, questionnaires and assessments, the doctor comes up with a diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder. What exactly does that mean? Find out in this extensive resource page (including video) from the Discovery Health Channel. … [Read more...]

Early identification of autism spectrum disorders | Online module

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders offers this free online module addressing the importance of early identification, early characteristics of ASD, and a recommended set of practices that will lead to early identification of ASD. The module also provides information about national resources and initiatives committed to early identification for the purpose of follow up and referral to services, resources, and supports. … [Read more...]

2011 Summary of advances in autism spectrum disorder research

This summary comes from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, which produces an annual list of scientific advances that represent significant progress in the autism field. There were many noteworthy findings in the 20 studies selected from 2011, including a 5-minute screen shown to detect autism and other developmental disorders in 75% of affected toddlers. (posted April 6, 2012) … [Read more...]

Autism training: A developmental-behavioral pediatrics curriculum

This training curriculum from the CDC, called Autism Case Training (ACT), is designed to help educate primary care practitioners about finding, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders. The training uses real-life scenarios and consists of 7 modules, each with a facilitator's guide and supporting presentation and videos. All course materials can be downloaded and used in the classroom or for independent study. Training module topics are: … [Read more...]

Transition to adulthood for individuals with ASD

A critical time for transition planning is in the early years of middle school through the first few years following graduation from high school. This time period is the focal point of the four Transition to Adulthood guides and will assist the individual with ASD and his or her team in reviewing the issues of adulthood related to age-appropriate transition assessment, employment, postsecondary education, and adult living during these years. Implications … [Read more...]

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