Evidenced Based Practice

This report, from the National Professional Development Center on Autism, describes a process for identifying evidence-based practices and delineates intervention practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based”. Evidenced-based practice for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (external link)
This guide describes research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children with ASD from birth to age 12. It was created to help parents and caregivers talk with their child’s doctor, school administrator, social worker, or health insurance representative about programs and therapies. Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders(external link)
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)

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Preventing Challenging Behavior: A model for Young Children with autism (external link)

 

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)

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

First Words Project is nationally funded research project aimed at identifying early signs of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other communication delays in children from 9 to 24 months of age. User friendly, practical resources focus on how parents can support their child’s 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. Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder(external link)While there check out:

NIMH Autism Site(external link)

This toolkit was developed to provide families of children under the age of five who have a concern about their child’s communication, interactions or behavior. It includes 1) An overview of early child development, 2) Guidance on what to do if you have a concern about your child’s development, 3) Information about obtaining an evaluation of your child’s development, and 3) treatment options. Autism Speaks – First Concern to Action Tool Kit for Families(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)

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

First Signs is a comprehensive site aimed to support early identification and intervention for young children with autism and related disorders. Video examples of children with and without ASD, developmental checklists, and links to screening tools and other resources are provided. First Signs is endorsed by The PA Chapter of American Pediatrics. First Signs (external link)

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Recommended Screening Tools – lists and Links

ASD Video Glossary

About Autism in Toddlers is a free online tool for families, caregivers and professionals interested in learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is a 30 slide “course” that describes core ASD diagnostic features and the importance of early detection and intervention. Extensive video examples of children with and without autism are embedded. About Autism in Toddlers(external link)

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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)

Professional Development

The Autism Navigator for Early Intervention Providers: Knowledge and Skills is a 30 hour, online professional development course developed by the Florida State University (FSU) Autism Institute. It integrates current research on early identification and intervention of ASD with the requirements of Part C infant/toddler early intervention (EI) services. Through an EITA contract with FSU, a specified number of approved Pennsylvania (PA) early intervention professionals will be sponsored for enrollment in the AN Early Intervention Providers Knowledge and Skills course.

For more information about the course content and hours, refer to the course description, About the Course – Autism Navigator for Early Intervention Providers. (external link) If you are a PA early intervention provider and would like information about eligibility for an EITA sponsored enrollment seat, refer to the FAQs Autism Navigator PA Enrollment.(external link)

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)

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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)

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Evidenced Based Practice Modules(external link)

Evidenced Based Practice Report(external link)