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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Audience: Parents & Caregivers

Early Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The earliest symptoms of ASD can emerge between 6 – 18 months of age, with reliable diagnosis possible by 24 months. These symptoms are developmental “red flags” and do not necessarily mean your child has ASD but you may want to contact your child’s doctor if you notice these symptoms in your child.

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Early Intervention in Philadelphia

Early Intervention (EI) is a free service and support for families who have a child or children 0 - 5 years old with developmental delays. Services can take place at home, preschool, day care or Elwyn site. These programs are funded by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Services are only available for those who qualify.

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Early Intervention Services

While all children grow and develop in unique ways, some children experience delays in their development. Pennsylvania has an Early Intervention program for children from birth to age five who have developmental delays and disabilities.

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Elements of a Well-Rounded Evaluation

This resource from The PEAL Center gives information on the elements that a well-rounded initial evaluation should include. Elements include an intelligence assessment, academic achievement assessment, parent input, student input, teacher input, and formal observation.

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Elwyn’s Philadelphia Resource List for Autism and Special Needs

This guide for parents and professionals in the Philadelphia area lists resources and information in the local area.

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Emergency Responder Notification Forms

Several counties throughout the commonwealth have created their own form to notify emergency responders that an individual with autism lives at a particular address. It is important for emergency responders to be made aware of who lives in the home, any sensitivities than an individual with autism may have and the types of behavior the responders may witness so they are better prepared to safely handle the situation.

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Encouraging Parent Participation in Home-Based Intervention

This article provides guidance to professionals on how to approach parents and caregivers on the topic of Home-Based Intervention and their participation in the intervention.

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Essential Skills to Getting a Job

This article discusses competencies that may be the key to the success of young workers in the 21st Century workplace. These competencies include: networking, professionalism, enthusiasm, communication skills, teamwork and problem solving, and critical thinking.

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Estate Planning Special Needs Alliance

Providing the best quality of life requires informed decisions. The best way to provide your special needs child with compassionate care and a comfortable life is to support your legal and financial decisions with reliable information and proven expertise. That’s why America’s finest disability attorneys have combined their talents to create the Special Needs Alliance. As attorneys in the field of Disability and Public Benefits Law, we help to enhance your child’s quality of life. Every member of the alliance has the resources and legal expertise to help you maintain public benefits for your child and develop effective estate plans that protect your assets.

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Everyday Lives

People with disabilities have a right to an everyday life; a life that is no different than that of all other citizens. This continues to be the truest statement on which we can build our work.

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