Autism: What neuroscience is finding

No disorder captures the attention of the nation like autism. David G. Amaral, Ph.D., University of California Davis Health System, explains what exactly autism is, its genetic roots, and where the most promising research on the subject is currently located. (posted August 10, 2012)http://www.brainfacts.org/diseases-disorders/childhood-disorders/articles/2011/autism-the-pervasive-developmental-disorder/  … [Read more...]

Autism: Evidence-based practices

Want to know more about what professional practices have been found to be effective with children on the autism spectrum? Explore the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders' Evidence-Based Practice Briefs. The Center has created briefs on each of 24 identified evidence-based practices. A rich treasure trove, indeed! (posted January 24, 2013)http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/briefs … [Read more...]

Preventing & dealing with autism behavior problems

This help guide article provides valuable insights into how the behavior of a child with autism can be analyzed for its underlying messages about things that are important to the child. Using the approach detailed in the article can help parents notice clues they didn’t see before and find a more effective way to help their child.  The article describes how to pay close attention to the environment and circumstances leading up to the behavioral … [Read more...]

Early intervention for children with complex communication needs

This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and multiple disabilities. You'll find (1) step-by-step guidelines for early intervention to build language and communication skills, and (2) photographs and videotaped examples of intervention with young children with special needs. (posted March 4, 2013)http://aackids.psu.edu/index.php/page/show/id/1  … [Read more...]

Therapies for children with ASD | Review of the research

This guide, Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of the Research for Parents and Caregivers, describes research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children who are between 2 and 12 years old and have an ASD. It was created to help you talk with your doctor, school administrator, social worker, and health insurance representative about programs and therapies. Also available in Spanish … [Read more...]

Autism Litigation Under the IDEA: A New Meaning of “Disproportionality”?

September 2013Read the article (PDF)About this ArticleThis article examines the disproportionality and overrepresentation of children with autism in litigation. It states that children with autism accounted for about one third of sample of published court decisions concerning the core concepts of free appropriate public education (FAPE) and least restrictive environment (LRE) under the U.S. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.  The other … [Read more...]

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