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Guide for Managing Constipation in Children Tool Kit for Parents- According to the CDC, children with autism are more than 3.5 times more likely to suffer from chronic diarrhea or constipation than their typically developing peers. Within this tool kit is an overview of constipation, information about daily treatment of constipation, and specific tips and strategies for relieving constipation.

Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use- This tool kit provides strategies and resources for parents of children with autism who use medical products to help treat their child’s autism symptoms. This tool kit includes information on issues like working closely with your child’s physician to get the information they need about recommended medicines, measuring and tracking changes in target symptoms, and recognizing and managing side effects. There is also a section for health care providers on topics such as explaining medicine choices to families, teaching families about watching for effectiveness, and giving information about managing common side effects.

Advocacy Tool Kit- This publication was created to provide its readers a basic knowledge of advocacy and negotiation skills. Within this tool kit is information about basic advocacy and negotiation skills, school advocacy, advocacy in the community, self-advocacy, and additional resources on the subject.

Haircutting Training Guide- This guide is directed towards stylists and discusses tips about how they can make the process more successful for children on the spectrum. The tool kit includes information for how families and caregivers can prepare for a haircut and a visual schedule that can be downloaded and used to help the children understand the steps involved with getting a haircut.

School Community Tool Kit- This kit is designed to provide helpful information about students with autism and includes tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase awareness for all members of the school community. The kit was created utilizing expert advice from professionals in the field of autism and special education, with input from experienced parents, caregivers, and teachers.

Transition Tool Kit- This tool kit explains the ins and outs of the transition process for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Topics include self-advocacy, community living, employment and other options, legal matters, housing, and health. Because the transition process is different for each state, the above link will provide users access to a transition tool kit timeline specific to their state.

Dental Guide Tool Kit- This tool kit was created to help families dealing with the challenges of providing proper oral health care to individuals on the autism spectrum. The guide was developed by Autism Speaks, Colgate, and Phillips-Sonicare to provide tips for improving oral hygiene, as well as information for parents and dental professionals that can make a trip to the dentist less stressful and more productive

Challenging Behavior Tool Kit- This tool kit discusses strategies for addressing challenging behaviors that often accompany autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The tool kit is broken down into various sections that include what to do about challenging behaviors, things to consider, how to manage a crisis situation, and long term solutions for challenging behaviors.

100 Day Kit- Perhaps the most critical of all the Autism Speaks tool kits, the 100 Day Kit includes information on how to make the best possible use of the 100 days after you receive your child's diagnosis. The kit includes family tips, information about the autism, early intervention and education, safety tips, an action plan, and useful forms. The kit is available for download in Spanish and English.

Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit- This kit on how to address the challenges of Asperger's Syndrome and high functioning autism is available for a complete download or sectional downloads. Sections focus on symptoms and causes, strengths and challenges, diagnostic overview, executive functioning and theory of mind, the differences between Asperger's and HFA, safety tips, and transitioning into adulthood.

Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips- This guide, prepared by Goodwin Procter LLP, contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the step to take throughout the IEP process. Other information within this tool kit includes tips, resources, and answers to several FAQs.

Family Support Tool Kits- Each of these tool kits are specifically designed for parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. These tool kits are intended to help inform family members and friends more about the effects and challenges of autism on families.

Employment Tool Kit- This publication is designed specifically for individuals on the autism spectrum entering the job market. Some of the information provided includes advocacy, benefits and funding, employment models, tips for the job search, interview, and disclosure, success stories from those who have experienced these processes, and understanding the social elements of your job.

Big Red Safety Tool Kit: A Digital Guide for Caregivers- This tool kit is available to caregivers for individuals with autism who are prone to wander off from a safe environment, and who have a diagnosis that interferes with their ability to recognize danger and/or stay safe. Included are the caregiver checklist tool, family wandering emergency plan, autism elopement alert form, stop sign prompts, social stories, five affordable safety tools, and more.

Big Red Safety Tool Kit: A Digital Guide for First Responders- Recent research has revealed that 49% of all children with autism wander from a safe environment at least once after the age of 4. The kit includes autism overview/autism behaviors guide, autism and wandering information, first responder checklist, first responder tips, first responder notification form, Guidelines for Missing Persons with Special Needs (NCMEC), and additional resources.

Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit- This toolkit is a set of resources for individuals who confront bullying of children with special needs. There are specific resource guides for parents, educators, and students. The tool kits include tips for preventing bullying, the top ten facts about bullying and children with special needs, and the challenges children with special needs face with bullying.

ATN/AIR-P Blood Draw Tool Kit for Parents- This tool kit is designed for parents to educate their special needs children about what to expect and how to prepare for future medical visits. There are strategies for easing your child’s medical appointments by utilizing ready-made visual supports, social stories, relaxation and distraction techniques, and tips designed specifically for children with ASD.

ATN/AIR-P Blood Draw Tool Kit for Providers- This tool kit is designed to inform individuals who may medically care for children on the autism spectrum. The purpose of the toolkit is to inform these individuals work with children on the spectrum about strategies to help them more easily complete routine medical procedures and blood draws, while reducing the stress felt by these patients and their parents.

ATN/AIR-P Dental Professionals' Tool Kit- This tool kit houses a number of environmental and behavioral techniques to help dental professionals to get children with ASD to cooperate while in the dentist’s chair. The guide is designed to help professional reduce children’s anxiety and increase compliance.

ATN/AIR-P An Introduction to Behavioral Health Treatments- Many children with ASD experience difficulties managing certain behaviors such as aggression or not following directions in addition to experiencing limitations in communication of social skills. Included in this tool kit are directions for in-home strategies, tips to teach, ways to increase wanted behaviors, and tips to decrease unwanted behaviors.

ATN/AIR-P Parent's Guide to Toilet Training in Autism- All parents must go through the harrowing act of teaching their child how to properly use the toilet, but these challenges may be magnified for children on the spectrum. This tool kit provides parents and caregivers tips to increase toilet training success by teaching toilet skills, providing advice on preparing schedules and routines, and promoting visual supports.

ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis- Applied Behavior Analysis is one of the most universally recommended early intervention treatments for children on the autism spectrum. This guide is designed to give you a better understanding of the therapy, how your child can benefit, and where/how to seek ABA services in your area.

ATN/AIR-P Sleep Tool Kit-Parents Booklet and Tips- Sleep problems are common for children on the autism spectrum. This guide includes details for strategies on how to improve sleep in their child affected by autism spectrum disorders. Also found on this page are quick tips for sleep improvement based on questions and feedback from parents, including using a visual schedule to teach bedtime routines, images for a visual schedule, and sleep tips for children who have limited verbal skills.

ATN/AIR-P Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder- Visual Supports are a great way to teach your child about specific topics and help to increase communication with your child on the autism spectrum. This guide includes examples of how to integrate visual supports into your daily routines and provides parents with a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and how to use them properly.

Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit- Under IDEA, when individuals on the autism spectrum reach age 22 they stop becoming eligible for support services. This guide provides an overview of housing options, supports, and services often need by adults with autism, describes options for funding capital costs, operating costs, and residential services and supports, and can serve as a catalyst for expanding opportunities to meet the housing needs of people with autism.

Participant's Guide to Autism Drug Research- By participating in drug research you can help your child by receiving regular developmental checkups as well as further research for potential treatments and interventions. This guide is designed to help answer your questions about participating in drug research and the advantages and potential drawbacks of participating.

Talking to Parents about Autism Action Kit- This kit is designed for early childhood educators to inform them about the signs of autism and developmental milestones. The kit helps early childhood educators to talk to the parents of a child suspected of having autism. In addition to the tool kit, this page offers informative videos and early childhood milestone maps available in English, Spanish, Cambodian (Khmer), Chinese, Laotian, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese.

Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism- This tool kit is designed to assist parents of children on the spectrum who demonstrate difficult feeding behaviors. Some researchers estimate that over half of children with ASD have some sort of issue with food. This expertly written tool kit can assist parents by helping them to understand eating behaviors, how to address feeding issues, and more.

Welcome to the Autistic Community- This tool kit was developed by the Autism NOW Center and Autistic Self Advocacy Network as an introductory guide to the autism spectrum. This guide is designed to teach the specifics of autism spectrum disorder whether you have just received a diagnosis or are just a curious party. The tool kit is loaded with facts, advice, and answers to questions individuals who are just diagnosed may have, such as “Where are the other people like me?” or “What does my future look like?”

A Clinician's Guide to Providing Effective Feedback to Families Affected by Autism: This guide, along with accompanying videos, is designed to help professional understand the importance of feedback, preparing for the feedback session, providing the diagnosis, as well as recommendations and next steps. This publication is designed to provide healthcare professionals with instructional support for leading a productive diagnostic feedback session.

Leading the Way: Autism-Friendly Youth Organizations- This tool kit was developed by experts in the autism field, parents, and caregivers to help guide organizations that work with youth on the autism spectrum. The guide will help organizations learn to integrate youth with autism into existing programs, communicate with parents, and train their staff.

Vision Exam Social Narrative for Autism- This tool kit provides users with a social narrative breakdown for what it is like to get an eye exam. The step-by-step breakdown begins in the waiting room and guides the user through the steps of the exam all the way until it’s time to say goodbye.