Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States today.
The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is 1 of 12 sites accross the United States and Canada recognized as a Autism Treatment Network (ATN) where children’s hospitals and acedemic institutions specialize in mulit-disciplinary medical care for individuals with ASD.
Autism Speaks and the has developed a variety of tool kits and guides to help people their families living with autism navigate the challanges they may face throughout the lifespan.
Many children with autism have challenges managing certain behaviors. Click HERE to view a Behavioral Health one-pager, ABC’s, and Reinforcement videos.
Sometimes, people with autism display behaviors that are challenging to understand and address like anxiety and Irritability. The Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit will provide you with strategies and resources to address these behaviors and help support you during difficult situations.
Visual supports can be a very effective way for children and adults with autism to communicate. This Tool Kit that provides step-by-step, easy-to-understand introductions on to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them.
The Autism and Medication Tool Kit will help educate you on safe and careful use of medication and pill swallowing. Videos are provided within the Tool Kit.