Handouts and Documents
A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism (external website)
National Autism Center (external website)
The National Autism Center is the May Institute’s center for the promotion of evidence-based practice. Their latest publication for parents is available as a free download. Click on the Parent Guide link, enter your information, and then you will be given access to the booklet.
Autism 100-day Toolkit
This booklet is written for parents to guide them in what to do following their child’s initial diagnosis. This booklet is posted here with permission from Autism Speaks.
Booklist of Autism Resources
This 4-page booklist contains the titles, authors, and descriptions of print resources related to ASD.
The Donovan Family Case Study: Guidance and Coaching on Evidence-based Practices for Infants and Toddlers with ASD (external website)
National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
The purpose of this case study is to describe the coaching process in the context of early intervention and to outline two parallel coaching processes. This case study provides a description of how an early intervention provider, Jillian, supports the Donovan family through coaching on the use of evidence-based practices with their two-year-old son, Joey, who has autism.
Concerns about Autism: Talking to Families
Adapted by VA Community of Practice in Autism (CoPA)
This handout provides EI practitioners with guidance for how to talk to families about autism spectrum disorders under two common circumstances: when the practitioner has a concern and when the parent expresses a concern. This handout was adapted with permission from a similar resource from the CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early Campaign.
Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (external website)
Autism Evidence-Based Practices Review Group | Frank-Porter Graham Child Development Institute
According to the authors: “The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.” (p. 1)
Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide (external website)
Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN)
Written by medical experts, through their participation in the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), this free publication is designed to help families affected by autism understand eating behaviors, give guidance on how to address feeding issues and review some common questions that families have about eating problems.
Information for Parents of Infants and Toddlers on the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (external website)
Autism Speaks - Baby Siblings Research Consortium
Information in this handout for families is based on the results of the High Risk Baby Siblings Research Consortium (Nov 2013). Three questions asked most often by parents are addressed: 1) If I have a child with ASD, how likely is it that my next child will have ASD or related developmental challenges? 2) What are the earliest signs of ASD and when do they appear? and 3) What can parents do if they are concerned about their child’s development?
INSIGHT from Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sally Chappel, M.Ed., Coordinator, Region 5 T/TAC @ JMU
This handout shares guidance for working with children with ASD based on insights learned from persons with ASD themselves.
Identifying Autism in Young Children: A Collection of Recommended Resources from Autism CARES Grantees (2015)
This document is a compilation of resources focused on the identification of autism in young children. Resources topics include: community practice guidelines and initiatives; databases; research and scholarly literature; resource guides and directories; policy, advocacy, and awareness; screening and diagnostic measures; tools for families; and training materials and opportunities for professionals. Each resource includes a description and links to access it online.
Sensory Differences in Autism (external website)
Donald Oswald, PhD | Commonwealth Autism Service
In this paper, Dr. Oswald shares insights into recent autism-related research reports on sensory differences. Terminology and definitions are reviewed as well as the evidence related to sensory differences in children with autism.
Tips for Early Care and Education Providers: Simple Concepts to Embed in Everyday Routines (external website)
This resource provides tips from top researchers for helping care providers and teachers work with young children with ASD. Each tip addresses why a concept is important and includes step-by-step instructions for how to include it in daily routines. Concepts include engagement, interest-based learning, using visual cues, joint attention, learning words, book sharing, managing behavior, etc.