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 be sure to check out:
Preventing Challenging Behavior: A model for Young Children with autism (external link)
While there, be sure to check:
The community tab for support group information(external link).
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)
while there be sure to check out:
Recommended Screening Tools – lists and Links
ASD Video Glossary
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)
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 Modules(external link)
Evidenced Based Practice Report(external link)