Autism – or more precisely autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) – represents a broad group of developmental disorders most notably a difficulty with social communication, and repetitive behaviors. Many people with ASD have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. Autism is characterized as a spectrum disorder to allow for the degrees with which individuals are impacted by the different characteristics that represent it. Families of young children with autism are faced with many decisions as they navigate early intervention and other service systems. Because of each child’s different needs and abilities, an individualized approach that addresses the core deficits of autism spectrum disorders and matches the family’s preferences and needs should be developed. The resources below can help families and professionals as they begin the process of supporting very young children with this diagnosis.
While there, make sure you take a tour of the resource library for ideas and examples of learning activities, visuals and more!
While there, be sure to check:
The community tab for support group information(external link).
To learn more about autism, check out this NIMH Autism Site.
NIMH Autism Site(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.
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)
While there please check out:
Identifying, Diagnosing, and Managing ASD-online course (external link)
Their Autism Screening and Diagnosis resource page (external link)
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.
Don’t miss the 16 by 16 Resources! (external link)
While there check out:
Simple Concepts to Embed in Everyday Routines for Early Care Providers(external link)
Evidenced-based Services(external link)
Evidenced Based Practice Training Modules(external link)
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 FAQs to determine eligibility and next steps.(external link)
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)