Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
Resources that Accompany the Training:
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, American Psychological Association, 2014
- DSM-5® Coding Update - Supplement to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition
- Autismspeaks.org (toolkits, medication guide and First 100 Days kit)
- Autism Information: National Institute of Mental Health
- Association for the Science in Autism Treatment
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board
- Baer, D. M., Wolf, M. M., & Risley, T. R. (1968). Some current dimensions of applied behavior analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1, 91-97.
- King, T. M., Tandon, S. D., Macias, M. M., Healy, J. A., Duncan, P. M., Swigonski, N. L., Skipper, S. M., & Lipkin, P. H. (2010). Implementing developmental screening and referrals: Lessons learned from a national Project. Pediatrics, 125(2), 350-360. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-0388
- Pediatrics 2012; 130; supplement; Clinical Practice Pathways for comorbidities in ASDs
- Volkmar F, et al Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with ASD 2014. J of Am Acad child Adoles Psychiatry, 53(2):237-57
- Schaefer and Mendelsohn, Clinical Genetics Evaluation in Identifying the Etiology of ASDs: 2013 guideline revisions, Genet Med 1-9
Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder:
- The American Psychiatric Association, in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) (2013), uses the term "autism spectrum disorder (ASD)" to refer to a group of disorders that in the earlier edition (DSM-IV) includes autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Please note: the term "autism" is frequently used in the literature to describe ASD and therefore appears often below, following the usage of the source cited. See the DSM-5 fact sheetAutism Spectrum Disorder (2013) for more information.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD. See Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASDs): Data and Statistics for a summary of prevalence, risk factors and characteristics, diagnosis, and economic costs.
- For general information about ASD, see Introduction to Autism by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN).
- For information about an interdisciplinary approach to education for children with autism and characteristics of programs that work, see the National Research Council book, Educating Children with Autism (2001).
Screening, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care:
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Council on Children with Disabilities—Autism. Policies, articles, webinars, training materials, toolkits, and guides about caring for children and adolescents with ASD. Topics include prevalence, identification, diagnosis, management, treatment, and research. Also see the Autism A.L.A.R.M. guidelines for a brief checklist on screening and intervention.
- Autism Speaks. Information on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with ASD and their families. Includes information about research initiatives, professional development resources, and a collection of video clipsabout early warning signs, diagnostic features, and treatments.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Autism Spectrum Disorder. Information about ASD and symptoms, screening and diagnosis, treatment, data and statistics, and research networks and initiatives. Includes screening and diagnostic tools and information, guidelines and recommendations, journal articles, and developmental milestone checklists and a fact sheet for families. See Learn the Signs. Act Early for tools to improve early identification of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible.
- First Signs. Information for health professionals and educators about the importance of early identification and intervention for ASD. Lists key social, emotional, and communication milestones for infants and young children (from birth to age 3) and describes critical warning signs for when a child is at risk. Resources include a collection of video clips, a list of validated screening tools, screening guidelines, and an early intervention referral guide.
- National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC on ASD). Briefs for 27 identified evidence-based practices for early identification, intervention, and education. The briefs contain a description of the practice, instructions for implementation, an implementation checklist, and a list of references that forms the evidence base.
Additional Autism Trainings:
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Training and Webinars. Topics: Early identification, diagnosis, treatment, care, medical home, and prevalence.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Autism Case Training. Online continuing education course to improve early identification of children with ASD and ensure timely and appropriate care.
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Combating Autism—Training for Professionals. Information about the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program and the Leadership Education in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics program.
Key Child Health Websites
- The HSC Health Care System: Health Services for Children with Special Needs
- The District of Columbia's HealthCheck Training and Resource Center: Receive CMEs for taking your required EPSDT/HealthCheck training and the new fluoride varnish training.
- Well-Child Care: A Bright Futures Curriculum for Pediatric Providers: a series of ten training modules for health professionals who provide well-child care in a variety of settings, including private practice, state and local health departments, community-based Maternal and Child Health (MCH) centers, and through Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) program.
- The MCH Library: Access resources for providers and families on every topic of pediatric public health.
- The MCH Navigator: Access online trainings for pediatric public health professionals.
- Bright Futures: Access projects that support the national Bright Futures initiative in creating a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community.