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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Early Childhood Learning Centers and the ADA

This resource helps with understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, in terms of Early Childhood Learning Centers.

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Early Childhood Resource Collection

This collection of resources covers different topics related to early childhood including information on developmental milestones, signs of autism, early intervention services, and resources for families of young children who were recently diagnosed with autism.

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Early Childhood Screening and Diagnosis

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information on the process of screening and diagnosing an individual with autism.

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Early Identification and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impaired social communication skills and isolated areas of interest.

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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

Many counties throughout Pennsylvania have created a form to notify emergency responders that individuals on the autism spectrum, or with other diagnoses or needs, live at a particular address. It is important for emergency responders to be made aware of who lives in the home, any sensitivities than the autistic individual may have, and the types of behavior the responders may witness so they are better prepared to safely handle a potential emergency situation.

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