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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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Category: Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment

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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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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How Do Health Care Providers Diagnose Autism?

This resource from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides an overview of how health care providers diagnose autism.

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Importance of Early Intervention

The Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (Part C) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was created in 1986 to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities, minimize potential developmental delay, and reduce educational costs to our society by minimizing the need for special education services as children with disabilities reach school age. Part C provides early intervention (EI) services to infants and toddlers aged birth to three with developmental delays or a medical condition likely to lead to a developmental delay. Part C is not intended to be a stand-alone program. The intent is to build inter-agency partnerships among state agencies and programs in health, education, human services and developmental disabilities.

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Intellectual Disabilities

Topics discussed in this article are what is an intellectual disability, what are the signs & tips for parents and teachers.

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Intellectual Disability Fact Sheet

This fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes how to recognize the signs of an intellectual disability (ID) (also called mental retardation or MR) and how to find help.

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Interacting with Autism website

Videos made with the purpose of providing people with better understanding on the topics of understanding autism, treating autism, and living with autism.

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Is it Autism and If So, What Next?

This guide from Autism Speaks provides an overview of autism and helps clarify whether you should seek out an evaluation by a professional.

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