Below you will find a variety of national and local resources related to autism.
American Academy of Pediatrics offers resources for healthcare professionals and parents. Autism is one of the many topics addressed under "Children's Health Topics" where you can find more information related to family and community resources, professional resources, and general resources.
AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an evidence-based practice (EBP) with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Each module includes key components of an EBP including the various approaches that can be used with learners with ASD, behaviors, and skills that can be addressed using the practice, a step-by-step process for applying the practice, and specific resources that you can download and customize for your own use.
Autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Autism Speaks, in collaboration with First Signs and Florida State University's Autism Institute, added a treatment section to its online Autism Video Glossary. The glossary is a free web-based tool that contains over 100 video clips illustrating the subtle differences in behaviors that are typical in contrast with those that are red flags for ASD. The new treatment section includes five categories: behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, structured teaching and supports, clinical therapies, and toddler treatment models.
Connect the Dots© is a joint collaboration between multiple early education and mental health specialists across Kentucky. The collaboration was built to address a common need: The need for a short yet powerful skills-based training teaching the basics of social and emotional best practices. Their site has many resources, including apps, to promote positive behaviors, discipline and environments.
Connecting the Dots for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Quick Guide Resource Packet (pdf) summarizes social and emotional best practices into 4 easy-to-remember steps! Use all 4 steps to reduce challenging behaviors while building strong social and emotional skills!
To improve recognition of the early signs of ASD among pediatricians, parents, and early intervention providers, autism researcher Dr. Rebecca Landa of Kennedy Krieger Institute has developed this free 9-minute video tutorial on ASD behavioral signs in one-year-olds. The tutorial consists of six video clips comparing toddlers who show no signs of ASD to toddlers who show early signs of ASD.
FITT is a collaborative parent education and support model designed to help families better understand and engage with their toddler with ASD. Based on and adapted from the TEACCH model, FITT uses Structured TEACCHing strategies to facilitate the communication and play skills of toddlers. The FITT website includes a module to help early interventionists learn more about using FITT with the families and toddlers they support.
Little Friends, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Based in Naperville, Illinois, Little Friends, Inc. operates 13 programs including three alternative schools, family support and consultation services, vocational training programs, community-based residential services and the Little Friends Center for Autism.
The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has launched this project to expand the pipeline for translating the research into practices that teachers and other service providers can use to support children and youth with ASD.
Since 2007, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices. Included in their work is the Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), which provides free access to online modules and resources for each of the 27 evidence-based practices identified by the NPDC.
This 20-minute presentation from the Waisman Institute describes doing screenings for autism spectrum disorders using the M-CHAT screening tool.
Visit this section of the online Resource Library to find articles, checklists, videos, and many other free and downloadable resources for supporting children on the spectrum and their families. For example, there’s a video of Paula Kluth offering positive behavior support strategies for managing an inclusive classroom as alternatives to a consequences-and-rewards system. The library is searchable by age, topic, and type of resource.
This library is a collection of videos that explore the lives of individuals with ASD, with a focus on first-person accounts and an exploration of what it means to live with ASD – a project of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic of JFK Partners, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The direct link to the library is www.jfkpartners.org/voices
ASD Resources from the CDC
Download free resources for families, healthcare professionals, and early childhood care and education providers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).