Tools for Supporting Children with ASD

This site provides practical behavioral strategies that are effectively applied to all young children, including those with autism. It provides a variety of ready to print resources for families and professionals to create behavioral guidance tools such as social stories, personal schedules and visual supports.  The site offers practical suggestions for selecting visual strategies and guidance for approaching and addressing children’s problem behaviors.Creating teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behaviors (external link)
Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers (FITT) is collaborative parent education and support model designed to help families better understand and engage with their toddler with autism spectrum disorder. Based on and adapted from the TEACCH model, FITT uses structured TEACCHing strategies to facilitate toddler’s receptive and expressive communication, social communication, and play skills. FITT Site (external link)

While there, make sure you take a tour of the resource library for ideas and examples of learning activities, visuals and more!

Resources for Families

The ASERT Collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities and other providers of services involved in the treatment and care of individuals with autism and their families in PA. It brings together local, regional, and statewide resources to enhance the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism of all ages and abilities. It includes supports to families, providers, and self-advocates. Pennsylvania’s Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training(external link)

While there, be sure to check:

The community tab for support group information(external link).

First Words Project is nationally funded research project aimed at identifying early signs of developmental communication delays, including autism spectrum disorder, in children from 7 to 24 months of age. User friendly, practical resources focus on how parents can track and support their child’s early social communication (e.g., a library of early gestures; social communication growth charts; everyday activity ideas for social communication). First Words Project(external link)
This comprehensive guide, based in research findings, describes autism symptoms, common health concerns, diagnosis and interventions for children and adults with autism. Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder(external link)

To learn more about autism, check out this NIMH Autism Site.

NIMH Autism Site(external link)

The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. They seek to provide awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.Autism Society of America (external link)

Check out the Living with Autism tab for information on topics relevant to families. The Affiliates link will help you find a local ASA chapter.

Developed with input from parents, persons with autism and people who serve the autism community, this national “See Amazing in All Children” initiative is aimed at children ages 2-5, their families and communities.

This site offers fun and functional resources, including ideas for overcoming common challenges and simplifying everyday activities for children with autism. It fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and children.Sesame Street and Autism (external Link)

Early Detection and Identification

This Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism page focuses on young children. It contains practical information and tools to support early detection of and response to autism and developmental delays. A variety of resources for families, caregivers and professionals are provided, including age specific developmental milestones checklists, links to developmental screening tools, guides for families (e.g., How to help your child, How to talk to your doctor), and training resources. CDC Learn the Signs, Act Early(external link)

While there please check out:

Identifying, Diagnosing, and Managing ASD-online course (external link)

Their Autism Screening and Diagnosis resource page (external link)

The M-CHAT and the M-CHAT-R/F are validated screening tools designed to screen for autism risk in young children ages to 16-30 months. You can download the screening tool and instructions from this site. M-CHAT (external link)
About Autism in Toddlers is a free online course with extensive video examples of children with and without autism embedded. It takes approximately 3 hours to complete. It’s recommended for Early Intervention, early childhood, and related services professionals and families who are interestedin learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in very young children.

Go to the EITA Professional Development page under Service Delivery if you are interested in obtaining PA Infant/Toddler EI or PQAS Training hours (and a certificate of completion).

 

While there, don’t miss the Autism Video Glossary, Social Communication Growth Charts and Family Resources. 

A helpful resource for families, this toolkit covers many topics that address common parent concerns. Professionals could direct families to this site. Autism Speaks(external link)
First Words Project is nationally funded research project aimed at identifying early signs of developmental communication delays, including autism spectrum disorder, in children from 7 to 24 months of age. User friendly, practical resources focus on how parents can track and support their child’s early social communication (e.g., a library of early gestures; social communication growth charts; everyday activity ideas for social communication).  First Words Project(external link)

Don’t miss the 16 by 16 Resources! (external link)

Professional Development

This site provides a variety of strategically designed, (free) online learning modules that focus on evidence based practices for young children with autism. These learning resources build upon the evidence based practice research analysis conducted by the National Professional Development Center on Autism. ASD Toddler Initiative (external link)

This site is a clearinghouse of resources on ASD and young children. It includes a comprehensive set of up-to-date links to resources on a variety of topics related to ASD in young children (e.g., Prevalence, Evidence-based Services, State and Federal resources, Early Identification).  Autism Spectrum Disorder(external link)

While there check out:

Simple Concepts to Embed in Everyday Routines for Early Care Providers(external link)

Evidenced-based Services(external link)

The NPDC provides free professional development learning modules and resources on Evidence-based Practice (EBP) for persons who work with individuals with autism. The learning modules and resources include step-by-step instructions for implementing the EBP, video demonstrations, and an implementation checklist of fidelity of each EBP. National Professional Development center(external link)

While there check out:

Evidenced Based Practice Training Modules(external link)

Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based courses & tools that include extensive videos and print materials to bridge the gap between science and community practice. Autism Navigator was created by the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College (FSU) of Medicine. Its courses and resources are intended to increase the capacity of professionals who support young children and their families (e.g., early intervention and health care providers, educators) as well as family members who have a child with autism, to improve outcomes of young children with autism.

Through a contract between FSU and EITA, enrollment and continuing education support has been arranged for the following courses: (Click on each for a course description): 1) Early Intervention Providers: Knowledge and Skills course, 2) Primary Care course, and 3) About Autism in Toddlers course.

If you are a Pennsylvania provider interested in enrollment opportunities, please read these FAQ’s to determine eligibility and next steps.(external link)

These sites provide links to research based analysis of intervention practices that are commonly used to support children with autism.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center – Evidence based services (external link)

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) – Evidence Based Practices Report (external link)

National Standard’s Project (external link)