Training and Professional Development
This category contains information and resources for professionals who provide training, as well as those seeking to advance their knowledge of working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families.
"Transition to Adulthood" is a complex and ongoing process that starts as soon as a child is born and continues as the child becomes an adolescent, to early adult life and then through the stages of adulthood. Transition to Adulthood are guides and will assist the individual with ASD and his or her team in reviewing the issues of adulthood related to employment, postsecondary education and adult living.
Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization released the Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder tool kit providing valuable guidance to parents, families and providers about how to utilize pictures, photographs and other visual supports to improve communication for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with understanding or using language.
Collaboration and Action to Improve Child Health Systems: Toolkit for State Leaders provides an approach to mapping the child health system in a state so state leaders can better envision the flow of services and funding that support access to care for children and families and identify opportunities for improvement. The toolkit, published by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, contains system diagrams and discussion questions on the following topics: the Title V agency role in ensuring child health; Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program mandates on collaboration and outreach to families; medical and dental homes; EPSDT screening visits; linkages, case management, and care coordination; care for children with special needs; Medicaid managed care; and public-private and interagency collaboration. Sample scenarios are provided to guide discussion, as well as tips on designing and facilitating a state leadership workshop.
by Dr. Peter van Dyck
Before retiring as Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration on July 29, 2011, Dr. Peter van Dyck offered three gifts to the MCH Community: three videotaped presentations that we call the "Legacy of a Leader" series. In each presentation he reflects on his life and his experiences as an MCH leader.
"Supporting the Health Care Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home," a clinical report by the AAP, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians, appears in the July issue of Pediatrics. An algorithm walks physicians through the transition process for all youth in their practice, including those with chronic conditions, to the care of an adult medical home.
The "Autism Case Training: A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum" is designed to educate future healthcare providers on fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders through real life scenarios.
A new resource page has been added to the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange: Honing Cultural and Linguistic Competence. This page features innovative programs and quality tools for improving cultural and linguistic competence as well as reducing health care disparities for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities.
This chapter, in the book entitled Evidence-Based Practices and Treatment for Children with Autism, considers treatments that aim to enhance the ability of children with ASD to communicate and use language. Communication is vital for learning, and establishing connections with others.
The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD.
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC on ASD) has identified 24 evidence-based practices for working effectively with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and is in the process of developing free online modules for each of these practices. Evidence-based practice (EBP) briefs for these 24 practices have also been developed. These include an overview of the practice, directions for implementation, an implementation checklist, the evidence base for the practice, and supplemental materials.
This is a free, self-paced webcourse available 24/7 that provides an overview of disability rights laws. The course takes approximately 2 hours and includes real life scenarios, quizzes and a final exam. Upon completion of this course, you will have a general understanding of the major federal disability rights laws (the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Air Carrier Access Act). Additionally, you will be able to assess what laws apply in different discrimination scenarios, and have resources for help and information about disability rights laws.
This Blueprint for Teaching Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Education is intended as a guide to assure that core knowledge, attitudes, and skills specific to developing cultural competence are being addressed in the education programs. The primary goal of the curriculum blueprint is to enable faculty to prepare future physical therapy practitioners to meet the health care needs of diverse consumers in a culturally competent manner. (June 2008)
for Primary Care Providers
This site is for primary care providers considering or planning to start screening children for developmental needs using a validated tool. Whether you know you should change but don?t know where to start, or are still thinking about how this change could work in your setting, this website will help. Objective information about several tools is offered, with references and links where more detail is available. We share our experiences at Children?s Hospital Boston so you can benefit from what we did right and what we did wrong, though we know that every office has its own specific needs.
Early Childhood - Growing Ideas Tipsheets: Laws that Support Early Childhood Education; Universal Design in Early Care and Education; Providing Guidance for Social Skill Development; Aggression; Biting; Daily Transitions and more.
CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early
You can view or download the various materials for the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Campaign designed for parents and health care professionals. You can follow your child?s development by watching how he or she plays, learns, speaks, and acts. Look inside for milestones to watch for in your child and how you can help your child learn and grow.