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Resources for parents, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about autism.

About Autism in Toddlers

About Autism in Toddlers is a tool for families, professionals, or anyone interested in learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is available free of charge. Just register and sign in. You will learn about:

  • the core diagnostic features of autism,
  • the critical importance of early detection and early intervention, and
  • current information on prevalence and causes of autism.

You will have the chance to access some of the innovative features of Autism Navigator. The slide index, located on the bottom left tool bar, and the slide viewer, located on the bottom right tool bar, can be used to easily navigate to specific slides. You will spend up to two hours to go through all of the slides and videos but you can spend a few minutes and visit again later.

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ASD Video Glossary

The ASD Video Glossary is a web-based tool built to help families and professionals learn more about the early warning signs of autism. This tool was developed by the Autism Institute at Florida State University in collaboration with First Signs and Autism Speaks and has been available to the public free of charge since 2007. Over 110,000 users registered in the first year from over 70 countries. The glossary contains more than 100 brief video clips illustrating the diagnostic features of ASD based on the DSM-IV diagnostic framework. The glossary also contains more than 100 brief video clips to illustrate the different types of treatments available. Side-by-side video clips show behaviors that are typical in contrast with those that are red flags for autism. The glossary also contains 100 brief video clips to illustrate the different types of treatments available for children with autism.

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The ASD Video Glossary’s content will be updated based on the new DSM-5 diagnostic framework and will be designed for contemporary mobile devices.

Social Communication Growth Charts

Most parents and professionals are familiar with early motor milestones— when infants learn to hold their head up, turn over, sit up, crawl, and walk. However, it is startling that few parents or professionals know the key milestones of social, communication, and language development. These milestones offer a critical window into an infant’s well being and are the earliest signs of healthy development and school readiness.

These Growth Charts will be designed to monitor key social communication developmental milestones. Families of providers who have completed the Autism Navigator for Primary Care course will be able to register with their child’s date of birth to receive information about monthly key social communication developmental milestones from birth to 36 months and tips to promote social communication development with video illustrations. These Growth Charts will have relevance beyond autism to help any parent learn about social communication and language development. This information will help to educate parents so they can be better equipped to monitor their child’s development and to share and express their concerns with their primary care physician, if their child has not met expected developmental milestones.

Coming 2017


Going out to Everyday Places

Many families of children with ASD face significant challenges taking their child to everyday places that they need to go on a regular basis, such as the grocery store, shopping mall, or restaurants; going to appointments with the doctor or dentist; or taking their child in the car or to get their hair cut. Going to a theme park for a vacation or on a plane to visit family or an exciting place may not even be possible to consider. This series of tools will offer strategies so families of children with autism can learn to take their child out to everyday places in the community safely and comfortably  and make these experiences productive learning opportunities.

This series of web-based tools will include a course designed for families to learn to prepare ahead, practice in a safe environment, and then practice going out to everyday places in their community. It will include content about how to travel with a child with ASD by car, train, or plane so families can expand the possibilities of places that they can go with their child with ASD.

This series of tools will also include content designed for community providers and employees of businesses who frequently encounter children with autism in situations that can be challenging and who need information about autism and practical strategies to help things go well. For children with ASD to be able to go to everyday places, it will not only benefit the child and family, but will also build the capacity of communities to include, educate, and ultimately employ individuals with autism.

Coming 2018

GPS After the Diagnosis

Once a child has been diagnosed with ASD, families face challenges sorting out what to do next, how to use their resources efficiently, and how to maximize their child’s outcomes. This GPS will be a navigation system for the family with “you are here” and steps and stops along the way, turn-by-turn instructions on how to get started with intervention, a compass to figure out if you are headed in the right direction, and a monitoring device to keep track of development, give warnings, and prevent problems.

Coming 2018

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