Family Focused Resources
This category contains resources, products and helpful websites for individuals with disabilities and their families. Resources in this category focus on person and family centered practices.
"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.
A Radio Novela
The Waisman Center's Family Support 360 project produced a radio novela designed to increase awareness and understanding about people with disabilities in the Latino community. The novela includes the story scripts in both English and Spanish and a compact disc of the story performed in Spanish.
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.
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.
Welcome to the ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.
This lecture introduces the foundations of behavioral assessment and treatment of significant challenging behavior in persons with autism. The assessment and intervention principles discussed are firmly grounded in the behavior analytic research literature, and have enjoyed widespread clinical application with a diverse range of behaviors including aggression, self-injury, stereotypy, property destruction, and pica. Video & PowerPoint by Dr. Michael Powers
Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Curricula and Intervention Packages for Children 0-5 Years and their Families
This publication by the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) provides guidance to families and early childhood special education providers seeking interventions to promote healthy social emotional development in young children with and without disabilities.
Book: Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment
Book Chapter: A feeding disorder is identified when a child is unable or refuses to eat or drink a sufficient quantity or variety of food to maintain proper nutrition (Babbitt et. al., 1944). The greatest period of risk from poor nutrition occurs in early infancy, a time of rapid physical growth and brain development. Without sufficient nutrition, the child may experience the negative side effects of malnutrition and/or dehydration. In addition, insufficient calories or nutrients place the child at long-term risk for behavioral and developmental problems (Scrimshaw, 1998).