This resource list contains a variety of resources associated with supporting children with autism in childcare and at home.
Autism Resource Guide
also in SpanishSource: Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
This resource guide includes books, videos, organizations, articles and other resources related to Autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
also in SpanishSource: KidsHealth
This article explains that children with autism have differences in the way their brains develop and process information. This can cause language delays and behavior problems. Symptoms and severity vary from child to child. New research can help diagnose and begin treatment for an autism disorder in a child at an early age.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
also in SpanishSource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that are caused by an abnormality in the brain. Children with ASDs tend to have problems with social and communication skills. They also are likely to repeat certain behaviors and resist change in their daily activities. ASDs begin during childhood and last throughout a person’s life. This online source discusses symptoms, prevalence, treatment, and additional resources.
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children
also in SpanishSource: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
This article includes early signs of ASDs, definitions of the different types, diagnosis methods, and strategies to help a child with an ASD.
Source: Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
Challenging behavior will vary according to the severity of a person’s autism and their age, however there are core issues that affect most people with an autism spectrum disorder. In this resource, aggression, self-injury, social and communication problems, repetitive behaviors, restricted interests, and other topics are addressed.
Early Childcare Provider’s Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors
Source: Autism Speaks
The purpose of this toolkit is to present ways for early childcare providers to better manage challenging behaviors in a childcare setting.
Educating Children with Autism
Source: National Academies Press
This online book includes chapters on problem behaviors and instructional strategies for children with autism.
Sesame Street and Autism : See Amazing in All Children
also in SpanishSource: Sesame Street
This initiative offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.
Support You Can See (and Feel): Teaching Children with Autism
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
This NAEYC Teaching Young Children article focuses on how implementing visual supports in an early childhood classroom can help a young child with autism, and other children, understand expectations, routines, and reduce frustration.
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
- Child Care Center
- Family Child Care
- Preschool Program
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
- Parents / Family
- Teachers / Service providers
- Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
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