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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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ASDs: What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Scientists do not know yet exactly what causes these differences for most people with ASD. However, some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition. There are multiple causes of ASD, although most are not yet known. Read more ›

Self Evaluation Checklist for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder [downloadable]

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a variety of strengths and needs.

The following checklist was developed by Hannah Grieco, an education and disability advocate, as a tool to help your child or student develop a plan for support and a better understanding of his or her learning and communicating styles. Read more ›

Checklist: Autism Spectrum Disorders Symptoms and Signs [downloadable]

This ASD symptom checklist is a tool to help parents, doctors, and mental health practitioners discuss symptoms, behaviors, and needs that might relate to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read more ›

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Learn the Signs and Symptoms [downloadable]

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. Read more ›

One in Four Children with Autism Goes Undiagnosed, Study Finds

As many as one in four children with autism go undiagnosed — and, the majority of those in whom the disorder is missed are black or Hispanic. Read more ›

ASD Nest Program Builds SEL for Autistic Students, Peers

The ASD Nest Program in New York City places students with autism spectrum disorders in classrooms alongside “neurotypical” students while under the guidance of specially trained teachers. Stephen Shore, a special education professor at Adelphi University who has autism, told the publication the program is effective because it focuses on the students’ strengths and not their weaknesses. Read more ›

New Research Points to a Simple Way to Diagnose Autism

A recent study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Dartmouth College has identified a new marker for autism that could facilitate earlier diagnosis. Read more ›

Parent Resources About Effective Mental Health Care for Children [web resource] [video]

Are you worried about your child’s behavior or feelings? Would you like to know the treatment options for your child? The Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) website has videos of interviews with experts who discuss issues that are particularly important to parents/caregivers. Read more ›

Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Whether you have someone in your family or school who’s on the spectrum or are just looking for a compelling read, these books, recommended by Common Senses Media, deliver. Read more ›

Kids’ Quests Help Kids Learn About Disabilities and Health [web resource]

Kids’ Quest is a website that was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get kids to think about people with disabilities and some of the issues related to daily activities, health, and accessibility. Read more ›

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