Autism Spectrum

We provide indirect services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in all of our member districts and charter schools. Staff training and Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team support services are the focus of the program.  Training increases the capacity of the local district and school teams to provide the specialized services required for students with autism.

Consultants also are available to address specific concerns regarding individual students. Activities completed by autism support staff include teacher, paraprofessional, and parent trainings, IEP development, distribution of resource materials, behavioral intervention program planning, specialized evaluation procedures and demonstration teaching. All trainings and services are tailored to each request.

To arrange for HVED educational support services for a student with autism, case managers should contact their Director of Special Education.

The HVED Autism Spectrum Disorders educational support program is coordinated with the Region 10 Autism Consultant Network.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources

 Selected Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources:

 

Scroll to see headings for Parents, Educators, and Transition

 

 

 

Selected Resources for Parents

 

 

 

For Parents New to Autism Spectrum Disorders:

 

First Signs (https://www.firstsigns.org/). Information on screening and identification for young children.
Autism Speaks Video Glossary (
http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/video-glossary)

 

Designed to help parents and professionals see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD.

 

The Autism Society’s “For Family Members” page: (http://www.autism-society.org/a-family-member.html).

 

The CDC’s ASD “What Should You Know” webpage: (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html) 

 

NICHCY Fact Sheet on ASD: (http://nichcy.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/fs1.pdf). NICCHY is the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

 

National Association of School Psychologists: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Intervention Options for Parents and Educators: (http://www.nasponline.org/publications/cq/pdf/V38N5_AutismSpectrumDisorders.pdf)

 

 

 

Autism Society of America (www.autism-society.org)

 

Autism Information for Social Workers and Counselors

 

Moving from Preschool to Kindergarten: Planning for a Successful Transition and New Relationships

 

Transition Across Grade Levels

 

Establishing Positive Sleep Patterns for Children on the Autism Spectrum

 

Transition: Preparing for a Lifetime

 

Puberty and Children on the Autism Spectrum

 

Supporting Appropriate Behavior in Students with Aspergers

 

 

 

Organization for Autism Research (www.researchautism.org)

 

OAR describes their purpose as to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. The following Guidebooks developed by OAR are available for free download at www.researchautism.org/resources/reading/index.asp#Educator:

 

 

 

A Parent’s Guide to Assessment

 

A Guide for Transition to Adulthood

 

A Guide for Military Families

 

 

 

 

 

National Autism Center (www.nationalautismcenter.org)

 

This organization conducts the National Standards Project and other activities related to evidence based practices for persons with ASD. Their 2009 educator’s manual and other publications can be downloaded free from their website. This manual is more for the special education teacher.

 


 
A Parents' Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism

 

www.nationalautismcenter.org/pdf/nac_parent_manual.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana Resource Center for Autism  

 

IRAC produced many excellent and relevant brief articles on topics in ASD. Check for articles at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/ftrainpapers.html.  Recently written articles include:

 

 

 

Making the Most of Holidays for Your Family and Your Son/Daughter on the Autism Spectrum

 

Using Visual Schedules: A Guide for Parents

 

Recognizing Different Types of Readers with ASD

 

First Steps and the Journey to a Diagnosis of ASD for a Child Under Three

 

 

 

 IRCA has also developed four learning modules for families:  www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/fmodules.html

 

 

 

Family Module One: About Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

Family Module Two: Family Resources and Support

 

Family Module Three: Suggestions for Behavioral Programming

 

Family Module Four: Intervention and Education

 

 

 

 

 

Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org)

 

Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

 

 

 

Transition Tool Kit:

 

http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit 

 

 

 

Should My Child Take Medication for Challenging Behavior?

 

http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-treatment-network/tools-you-can-use/medication-guide

 

 

 

100 Day Tool Kit: A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need

 

in the first 100 days after diagnosis:

 

http://www.autismspeaks.org/docs/family_services_docs/100day2/100_Day_Kit_Version_2_0.pdf 

 

 

 

Aspergers Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit: A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an Asperger Syndrome

 

or High Functioning Autism diagnosis:

 

http://www.autismspeaks.org/docs/family_services_docs/AS-HFA_Tool_Kit.pdf 

 

 

 

Autism Society of Minnesota (http://www.ausm.org/)

 

This is the website for Minnesota’s largest autism advocacy organization. Ausm conducts programs for students and families and holds an annual convention each year in the spring. Check here for Minnesota resources.

 

 

 

Selected Resources for Educators

 

 

 

National Autism Center (www.nationalautismcenter.org)

 

This organization conducts the National Standards Project and other activities related to evidence based practices for persons with ASD. Their 2009 educator’s manual and other publications can be downloaded free from their website. This manual is more for the special education teacher.

 

 

 

Evidence Based Practice and Autism in the Schools- Educators Manual:

 

www.nationalautismcenter.org/learning/ed_manual.php 

 

 

 

 

 

National Education Association (www.nea.org)

 

The NEA produced The Puzzle of Autism document for educators in collaboration with the Autism Society of America. Available at: www.nea.org/assets/docs/autismpuzzle.pdf

 

 

 

The Puzzle of Autism: What Educators Need to Know

 

 

 

Autism Internet Modules (www.autisminternetmodules.org)

 

AIM provides free on-line instructional modules for supporting persons with ASD. Among the learning modules available:

 

Supporting Successful Completion of Homework

 

Structured Work Systems and Activity Organization

 

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

 

Home Base

 

The Incredible 5-Point Scale

 

Preparing and Supporting Individuals with ASD to Obtain and Sustain Employment

 



 

Organization for Autism Research (www.researchautism.org)

 

OAR describes their purpose as to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. The following Guidebooks developed by OAR are available for free download at www.researchautism.org/resources/reading/index.asp#Educator:

 

 

 

An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome

 

An Educator’s Guide to Autism

 

 

 

Indiana Resource Center for Autism  

 

IRAC produced many excellent and relevant brief articles on topics in ASD- look under the IRCA Articles tab. http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/ftrainpapers.html.  Check out the topics in the Behavior, Communications, Sensory, and Educational Programming sections.

 

 

 

Selected Resources for Transition

 

 

 

Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World. A New York Times article and accompanying video from September 2011. Read about and watch Justin Canha who falls roughly in the middle of the autism spectrum in his transition to adulthood program at Montclair High School. The article addresses the growing need for transition services for students with ASD. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/us/autistic-and-seeking-a-place-in-an-adult-world.html?pagewanted=all

 

 

 

AUTISM SPEAKS, Transition Tool Kit. A guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood (2011).

 

http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit

 

 

 

Autism’s First Child. An Atlantic Magazine article that uses one man’s life story to discuss the broader issues of transition and adult life for persons with autism spectrum disorders. This is a very well written and interesting article.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/10/autism-8217-s-first-child/8227/

 

OCALI Transition to Adulthood Second Edition (Guidelines in four booklets, 2012): (http://www.ocali.org/project/transition_to_adulthood_guidelines)

 

Age Appropriate Transition Assessment: This guide focuses on creating an assessment that fits the students interests and strengths while meeting their needs.

 

Employment: Helps the user understand the issues surrounding successful employment for the individual with ASD.

 

IEP Transition Components: “The goal of this volume is to assist in creating a process that results in a meaningful  IEP document for the youth with ASD that will serve as a guide for the team in the future. “

 

School Age Programming: Assists the user in considering educational programming beyond academics.

 

 

Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood. Developed by the Organization for Autism Research. Another guidebook with good general information and a focus on creating the transition plan. The Appendix has a number of worksheets to assist in decision making.

 

http://www.autismcenter.org/documents/TransitionGuide.pdf

 

 

Keeping It Real: How to Get the Supports You Need for the Life You Want. Keeping It Real is a workbook of student activities which include building the student’s transition portfolio. Teacher and parent guides accompany the program materials. “Keeping It Real teaches students that knowing how to get those supports is a problem-solving skill they will use again and again throughout their lives. It is a skill that involves knowing who they are, what they want to do, what supports they need, and how to go about getting those supports. In other words, it involves becoming an effective self-advocate.” http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/boggscenter/projects/keep_real_more.html

 

 

Employability and Life Skills Assessment (ELSA). A simple to use assessment includes parent and teacher forms. A summary chart shows areas of strength and needed improvement. Developed by the Ohio Department of Education:

 

http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/styles/iidc/defiles/INSTRC/Webinars/Employability_skills_checklist.pdf

 

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