Getting Help for a Child with Autism

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Circulation: 79,496
ISSN: 1538-320

April 27, 2010

We receive many questions from parents, teachers, and health care providers about special education services for children with autism.

According to the CDC, autism affects 1 in 110 children, with boys four times more likely than girls. Signs of autism can sometimes be seen by parents before their child’s first birthday.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find information about autism to help you learn about your child's disability, effective educational methods, and medical treatments. Learn how to present your child's problems and needs to school staff so they want to help and read tips from other families traveling the same path.

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"Jack speak" - Tips From a Mom of a Child with ASD

There are days when we all wish we were as happy as Jack. We lapse into Jack speak. . . . we watch Ellie try to provide ABA therapy by taking away his toys and then making him “ask” for them back. And, most of the time, we just take it day to day.

After five years of ups and downs on the autism rollercoaster, here are 10 tips from a mom still discovering new and interesting twists to the experience of a child with autism.

Read 10 Tips from a Mom of a Child with ASD by Leslie Drinkwine, Ph.D.


Getting Help for a Child with Autism

Elizabeth Cohen of CNN American Morning shares the story of a family, whose 13-year-old daughter, Marissa, has autism. Getting Help for a Child with Autism.

Read Sharon Mullen's story about her 3 year old daughter, Emily, in Autism: Growing Challenge. Sharon says, "you have to be your child's best advocate because no one else will do it for you.” Now, she provides advice and information to parents of special-needs children and serves on her SEAC.


Special Education Services and Caselaw

On the Autism, PDD & Asperger Syndrome page, you will find FAQs, articles, caselaw and legal resources, recommended books, free publications, and a short list of information and support groups for families who have a child with autism.


Free Pubs and Resources

For Parents

Model for Preventing Challenging Behavior. This on-line presentation discusses issues related to ASD, prevention of challenging behaviors, and intervention strategies appropriate for home, community and preschool applications. From the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention, OSEP - Ideas That Work.

Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit. Specifically for newly diagnosed families, to make the best possible use of the 100 days following the diagnosis of autism from Autism Speaks.

For Schools

New! Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools Educator Manual from the National Autism Center (2010). The manual outlines the current state of research findings, professional judgment and data-based clinical decision making, values and preferences of families, and capacity building. Available as a free download (pdf) or you can order a print copy.

Autism Speaks New School Community Tool Kit. The purpose of this kit is to provide information about autism – the features, challenges and strengths -- as well as some of the tools and strategies that may result in more positive interactions for all members of a school community.


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