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- A Challenge to Reframe our Thinking about Behavior - This article provides a brief look into interpreting the behaviors of individuals on the autism spectrum and how we might change the way we view and support these behaviors. The article focuses on how we perceive individuals on the autism spectrum as incomplete people and how, instead of simply trying to “fix” their behavior, we should be trying to understand why they behave in that manner.
- A Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder - This guide was published by the National Institute of Mental Health. The most vital topics include how ASD is diagnosed, what are the treatment options, the importance of early intervention, and how to plan for school. This guide is essential for parents of child with some form of ASD.
- A Preliminary Analysis of Self-Control with Aversive Events: The Effects of Task Magnitude and Delay on the Choices of Children with Autism - Typical individuals implement self-control when forced to choose between two aversive, or unwanted, tasks. Self-control allows them to choose the task that seems smaller and more immediately aversive, as oppose to a larger, delayed aversive event. The goal of this study is to increase self-control in two children with autism by teaching them to make better decisions based on how aversive the outcome.
- Aiding Comprehension of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders During One-on-One Interactions - This article provides some general guidelines to promoting comprehension for individuals with ASD.
- An Exploratory Analysis of Task-Interspersal Procedures While Teaching Object Labels to Children with Autism - Research has shown that individuals with autism learn new skills faster when they are interspersed with skills they have already mastered. The text describes two types of experiments conducted with 5 children with varying forms of ASD to determine if interspersing mastered skills helps individuals learn new skills quicker.
- Analysis of Factors that Affect Responding in a Two-Response Chain in Children With Developmental Disabilities - A behavior chain uses a series of prompts and reinforcement to teach each response in the chain in a manner that ensures that the sequence of behaviors operates as a functional unit. This study observes 5 children with ASD who underwent three experiments to determine the effects of satiation, extinction, and unchaining on the behavior chain.
- Aspects of Support for Learning - This article describes the five aspects of support for learning, which are relationship, context, predictable, adjusted, and augmented. The article is divided into five sections based on these different aspects of support for learning. The conclusion of this article reminds us that individuals on the autism spectrum are indeed disabled, and require all the positive support we can offer.
- Assessing and Treating Vocal Stereotypy in Children with Autism - Stereotypic behavior is characterized as repetitive motor and vocal responses that are presumed to be functionless. This study was conducted on 2 boys and 2 girls with autism spectrum disorder who displayed vocal stereotypy. The study used response interruption and redirection (RIRD) as their intervention strategy for decreasing vocal stereotypy.
- Autism Treatment- Wisconsin Brief from the Legislative Reference Bureau - This is a 2008 brief about Wisconsin legislation related to autism. The article provides a brief background about autism relating to treatment options, causes of ASD, the differences between children with autism compared to those with typical development, and federal legislation. The article also details various forms of legislation in the state of Wisconsin relating to autisms spectrum disorders.
- Behavioral Issues and the Use of Social Stories - This article explores the use of Social Stories as a tool to help individuals with ASD understand certain situations. The article explains how Social Stories should be used in conjunction with other implementations, but does not necessarily work for all individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Best Practices of Accessibility in Parks and Recreation: A Delphi Survey of National Experts in Accessibility - This interesting document presents the results of a survey seeking to conclude the best practices of providing accessibility to parks for individuals with disabilities. The study, conducted by the National Center on Accessibility, provides a table of the survey results that yielded 13 plans, which are deemed best practices for accessibility. Subsequent appendices include an example of the survey and the record of the responses for each question.
- Building Competency with Figurative Language One Idiom at a Time - The two purposes of this article is to help adults understand the issues related with idiomatic use and to provide simple informal suggestions on to help individuals with ASD learn about idiom usage while in natural settings. The conclusion of the article provides five strategies for explaining idioms using the example “mixed bag”.
- Can Social Pragmatic Skills be Tested? - This article discusses social pragmatics and the difficulties individuals on the autism spectrum often display during social situations. The article focuses on possible ways to assess one’s ability to use social pragmatics through observing their communication skills.
- Communicative Functions or Purposes of Communication - This article lists the aspects of communication that are especially important to asses and track with individuals on the autism spectrum. Also, the article is designed to provide basic orientation of communicative functions to individuals outside of the speech pathology profession. The majority of the article focuses on intentional vs. non-intentional communication, means of communication, and purposes of communication.
- Concerning Consequences: What Do I Do When...? - The subject matter of this article focuses on the consequences of bad behavior and how to effectively punish individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The article explores how consequences are misused when forced upon individuals on the autism spectrum. The conclusion of this article points out that understanding the behavior of the individual will help to shift focus to prevention and instruction.
- Considering an Overnight Camp Program for your Child on the Autism Spectrum? - This article focuses on the complications of sending a child with ASD to an overnight camp. The article lists a series of tips to decide if your child is ready for an overnight camp, how to research various overnight camps, and how to properly prepare your child physically and emotionally for the overnight camp experience.
- Creating a Culture of Family-Centered Practice for the Autism Community - This article is from the summer 2009 issue of Autism Spectrum Quarterly. The theme of this article is collaboration, and the article stresses the fact that once you are in a professional relationship with a child, you are also in a professional relationship with the child’s family. The article lists some obstacles that can create difficulties in parent-professional relationships, and also lists six guidelines for family-centered practice.
- Taking Your Son/Daughter with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to the Dentist - This document lists several appropriate resources to give advice to parents who are searching for tips on bringing their special needs child to the dentist.
- Don't Forget About Self-Management - This article focuses on self-management as a technique to assist individuals on the autism spectrum to achieve higher independence in vocational, social, academic, and recreational activities. The majority of the article focuses on the 5 steps of using self-management to gain independence and a hypothetical example of the self-management process.
- Ever had a Crisis Kind of Day? - This article explores the escalating stages of crisis behavior of individuals on the autism spectrum and effective strategies to prevent the escalation of such behavior. Often individuals with ASD demonstrate inappropriate emotions in uncomfortable situations, but the dos and don’ts of this article should help prepare educators and parents for these types of crisis situations.
- Should We Insist on Eye Contact with People who have Autism Spectrum Disorders - This article explores the controversial issue of whether or not parents/teachers should require individuals with ASD to make eye contact. Like a lot of the symptoms of ASD, the ability to make and maintain meaningful eye contact varies from individual to individual.
- Finding or Starting a Support Group - This extensive article provides a wealth of information about support groups for individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder. The article focuses on providing resources for individuals in Indiana, but many of the guidelines within this article for finding or starting a support group are universal. The article provides basic instructions for starting a support group, from deciding your role within the support group to conducting your first meeting.
- Get Engaged: Designing Instructional Activities to Help Students Stay On-Task - This instructional article promotes hands-on activities, as oppose to lectures and worksheets, as a way to help educate individuals on the autism spectrum. The article includes tips for creating effective hands-on projects, such as using a wide range of materials, incorporating the child’s strengths and interests, and keeping activities organized and brief to avoid distracting or overwhelming the student.
- Good Night, Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Establishing Positive Sleep Patterns for Young Children with Autism Spectrum - This article details the troubles children on the autism spectrum tend to experience in regards to sleeping. The article suggests several solutions, including adjusting environmental variables and implementing bedtime routines.
- How to “Lose the Training Wheels:” A New Way to Teach Bicycle Riding - This article promotes a charity called Lose the Training Wheels, Inc., which encourages children on the autism spectrum to learn to ride a bike. Although not for every individual, this program helps benefit many of the functions children with ASD struggle with, such as motor skills, sensory integration, and inclusion. The article also offers some positive testimonials from parents who enrolled their child intro the program.
- “I Wake Up for MY Dream!” Personal Futures Planning Circles of Support, MAPS and PATH - This article discusses Circles of Support, MAPS (Making Action Plans), and PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) as specific tools people with disabilities use to create support for their futures. The text describes the life of George Howard, an infant diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD), and how his parents utilized the above techniques to create a better future for their son.
- Implications-Outdoor Environments for Children with Autism and Special Needs - This article explores research concerning the creation of outdoor spaces that all children with autism and other needs to play and learn at their own comfort level. The article demonstrates the benefits of nature-based environments for individuals with autism, and provides some design guidelines for creating these outdoor environments.
- Increasing Response Diversity in Children with Autism - This study examined ways to increase response diversity in children with ASD. Response diversity is basically demonstrating a different behavior as the one before, as oppose to repeat or invariant behavior. The study focused on 6 participants from the ages 6 to 10 with ASD, and asked them to create a variety of structures, of their choosing, using building-block toys.
- Indiana Resource Center for Autism - This brochure highlights the Indiana Resource for Autism Care’s focus on assist all sorts of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The brochure explains what autism spectrum disorders are, general information about statewide events to promote the awareness of autism for families, professionals, and those within the autism spectrum, and where to get resource material sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
- Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Preparation for Emergencies - The text provides step by step instructions for parents to follow in preparation for an emergency affecting their child with ASD. The first two steps explain how first responders are trained to help individuals on the autism spectrum and what information should be on hand for these first responders regarding the child. The final step explains the functions of an emergency topic board and other supplemental processes that might help children with ASD to understand what to do in case of emergency.
- Initial Guidelines for Developing a Communication Intervention Plan for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Significant Limitations in Communication Ability - This article provides an overview of creating and implementing a communication intervention plan for individuals on the autism spectrum. The overview is formatted into a set of ten guidelines, which cover a variety of topics from choosing a qualified speech pathologist to evaluating what areas need to be fostered to support communication development. This article is intended to be a guide and is not supposed to encompass all of the complexities of planning and implementing an effective communication program.
- Intellectual Disability - The fact sheet provides information for intellectual disabilities. The information describes the possibility of an intellectual disability in a developing child and what action to take if you suspect your child has an intellectual disability. The information in this document is available in English and Spanish.
- Internet Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities to Support School Success Reading Supports - This document contains an up-to-date list of a number of resources designed to educate individuals on the autism spectrum. The list contains over 50 internet resources to help educate your child in the subjects of math, spelling, reading, and writing.
- Living in Fear: Anxiety in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Research has shown that individuals with autism spectrum disorder often have an increased rate of anxiety. This articles addresses how negative social interactions, a common condition for individuals with ASD, can cause higher levels of anxiety in children. The article also delves into the clinical implications for professionals working with individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Local Community Resources to Enhance Activities - This simplistic article discusses how families of people with disabilities might be hard-pressed to find recreational activities. The article suggests narrowing down interests and lists a mass amount of leisure/recreation activities.
- Long and Short Term Strategies for Reducing Specific Repetitive Questions - This article lists specific guidelines designed to understand and cease the use of repetitive questions by individuals on the autism spectrum. The lists include the possible reasons for repetitive questions and short term and long term strategies to implement to prevent the further use of repetitive questions.
- Making Camps Accessible for All - This article investigates what summer camps must do to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it pertains to children on the autism spectrum. Chances are there are several summer camps in your state for children with disabilities, but the ADA allows for your child to go to whichever camp you find the most beneficial.
- Making (and Keeping) Friends: A Model for Social Skills Instruction - This article focuses on the lack of social skills common in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and provides a 5-step model of social skills development. The article pays particular interest to one intervention known as video modeling and video self-modeling. This intervention strategy combines visually cued instruction and modeling by having an individual watch a video of a behavior and then imitating the behavior.
- Making the Most of the Holidays for your Family and your Son/Daughter on the Autism Spectrum - This interesting guide will help individuals with ASD and families prepare for the holiday season. This guide centers around the winter holidays and demonstrates how to prepare for traveling, incoming family members, and even how to gradually decorate for the holidays for individuals with ASD who have difficulty with change. There are over twenty guidelines to help families prepare for the stressful holiday season.
- Mealtime and Children on the Autism Spectrum: Beyond Picky, Fussy, and Fads - This comprehensive article briefly mentions the medical and behavioral factors associated with eating problems, but intensely focuses on the environmental and sensory factors commonly associated with eating problems in children across the autism spectrum.
- Movement Difference: A Closer Look at the Possibilities - This informative article takes a look at movement difference in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The first section of the article describes how the movement differences in individuals with autism are similar to Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, and Catatonia. The latter half of the article conducts an in-depth examination of a chart, which dictates some of the movement differences in individuals with ASD and how they can negatively affect their lives.
- Movement Differences among Some People with Autism: an Impetus to Re-Examine Behavioral Issues - This article details the differences between the movements of neuro-typical individuals compared to the individuals on the autism spectrum. Along with physical motor skills, perception, speech, posture, thought, attention, consciousness, motivation, memories, and emotion are incorporated with movement. Other instances in this article include examples of movement differences and explanation of the terms “adaptation” and “accommodation”.
- National Standards Report - This comprehensive report provides information about the level of scientific evidence that exists in support of the many educational and behavioral treatments currently available for individuals with ASD. The National Standards Project is largely interested in the amount of research and evidence available to support each form of ASD treatment. Amongst a plethora of other information, is a flowchart detailing how the NSP evaluates the literature pertaining to any specific treatments of ASD.
- Navigating Autism Services: A Community Guide for Missouri - This extensive guide provides residents of Missouri with a large amount of information regarding ASD. The guide is designed to help plan for the lifetime of an individual with autism with sections ranging from beginning pre-school to transitioning to adulthood. While some of the information might specific to Missouri, a great deal of the information would be helpful to any parent seeking advice on ASD.
- NJ Psychologist Magazine - This document displays numerous articles published in the NJ Psychologist Magazine in the fall of 2000. These articles cover wide range of topics from the disorder’s history to the social implications. The article also aims to distinguish Asperger Syndrome from related conditions and describes the different treatment methods available for children and adults.
- On Recovery- Straight Talk About Autism - This article, authored by Dr. Barry Prizant, discusses the controversy surrounding the term recovery in regards to autism spectrum disorder. The article struggles to define recovery, because full recovery remains elusive for many individuals on the autism spectrum. The conclusion of the article details 6 bullet points pertaining to the downside of focusing on recovery and ASD.
- Parent-Professional Relationships It’s a Matter of Trust - This article examines the need for trust in the relationship between parents and professionals concerning the intervention of children on the autism spectrum. The article can act as a guide for both parents and professionals trying to build a relationship for the overall goal of treating an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The article concludes with a list of 10 character traits that exhibit trust in the eyes of others.
- Play in the Lives of Young Children with Autism - This article offers advice on how to develop play skills, such as interacting with others, providing an ideal environment for play, and offering a variety of play activities, in children with autism spectrum disorder.
- Positive Behavior Supports Creating Meaningful Life Options for People with ASD - This article explains the different processes for creating positive supports in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The article explains the different ways to create a functioning individual with ASD through the support of a multidimensional, comprehensive approach that emphasizes the development of positive, constructive behavior.
- Puberty and Children on the Autism Spectrum - Children with autism will undergo puberty regardless of IQ limitations or undeveloped social skills. This pamphlet describes the different changes that occur in boys and girls when they undergo puberty. The pamphlet also offers advice for parents trying to assist their child through puberty.
- Questionnaire for Children with Autism & Related Developmental and/or Attention Problems - This questionnaire is designed to obtain a comprehensive medical background of your child with ASD. The checklist asks about family history, reactions to immunizations and other medical supplements, early childhood illnesses, and dietary questions. This 26 page checklist will developed by the Autism Research Institute allows physicians to listen and learn about your child’s disorder in order to implement ideal interventions.
- Recent Studies on Feeding Problems in Children with Autism - This 2010 report examines behavioral interventions for reducing feeding problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. The article describes the method and results for several studies and lends advice for conducting future studies regarding feeding problems and individuals with ASD.
- Reducing Rapid Eating in Teenagers with Autism - Individuals with autism often experience problems with rapid eating. Studies in the past to reduce this fixation used a human facilitator to implement a functional eating schedule. This study focuses on three individuals with autism who have a history of rapid eating and uses vibrating pagers as cues to the individuals to engage and disengage in rapid eating.
- Respect Begins With Language Part 2 - This document contains part two of an article entitled “Respect Begins with Language” from the fall 2010 issue of Autism Spectrum Quarterly. The article discusses some negative, and potentially dangerous, terminology related to Autism Culture, for example, the term noncompliance. The article concludes with a set of 8 guidelines to help individuals work towards the use of more respectful language when addressing the Autism Culture.
- Respect Begins with Language Straight Talk about Autism - This document contains part one of a two part article entitled “Respect Begins with Language”. The article begins with a history of the negative language associated with individuals on the autism spectrum, and how certain aspects of language of ASD, such as echolalia, were thought to be functionless. The article discusses the negative language associated with individuals on the autism spectrum, despite these individuals having a dysregulation, or less control, of their emotions.
- Setting the Stage for Parent-Professional Collaboration - This article lists some helpful tips for parents and professionals to keep in mind when negotiating important issues regarding a child with autism spectrum disorder.
- Siblings Perspectives: Some Guidelines for Parents - This article focuses on the effects of siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum and the best way to meet those siblings’ needs. The conclusion of this article includes a list of 12 different guidelines designed to help parents inform the siblings of individuals with ASD.
- Social Activity Groups: Another Approach for Helping to Bridge the Friendship Gap - This article focuses on the development of informal social activity groups. The article mentions two successful social activity groups created in Indiana for adults 16+ and for children that are 10 to pre-teen. The article details the methods of the informal social activity groups and some considerations to take if one were to undergo this process for themselves.
- Social Communication and Language Characteristics Associated with High Functioning, Verbal Children, and Adults with ASD - This article focuses on the subtle and not so subtle problems associated with language and individuals on the autism spectrum. This article includes three extensive lists entitled Language Characteristics, Social Communication, and Other Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder that May Be Present. These lists would certainly aid individuals in understanding the challenges people with ASD have with language.
- Social Security Benefits and Employment - This detailed article explores two types of social security programs that can benefit individuals on the autism spectrum known as Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. The article explains the different programs in great detail, and gives several definitions of important subjects within each program.
- Special Care Dentistry: For the General Practice Resident - This slideshow was designed to give advice for dentists to treat individuals with special needs. This comprehensive guide explores the many topics, including sedation, physical restraint, and enteral drugs.
- Supporting Staff Using Coaching Model - This article highlights the advantages of using the coaching model to teach individuals on the autism spectrum certain skills, such as language or social skills. The article discusses possible training for preparing to implement the coaching method and the best strategies to benefit the autism coach, teacher, related service persons, and, above all, the student with ASD.
- Teaching Social Skills through Theatre - This article focuses on theater groups designed to teach individuals on the autism spectrum. Some of the skills that are acquirable through this strategy are listening skills, eye contact, conversation skills, and other critical social skills.
- My Mind is a Web Browser: How People with Autism Think - This article allows readers get a glimpse of how the mind of Temple Grandin functions. This self-authored article delves into the difference between how non-autistic and autistic individual’s brains function from the point of view of somebody with autism.
- What’s in a Name: Our Only Label Should Be Our Name: Avoiding the Stereotypes - This article expresses the dangers of labeling as it promotes stereotypes and inability to separate the individual from the disorder. The article argues that labels mask the true individual by associating them solely with their disorder and that individuals can start to believe in the labels thrust upon them by their peers and elders.
- The “M” Word - This article tackles the delicate subject of masturbation and individuals on the autism spectrum. The article explores masturbation in public and provides potential questions and answers based on specific scenarios involving masturbation and individuals with ASD.
- The Primacy of Trust - This document contains a two-part article entitled “The Primacy of Trust” from the fall 2009 issue of Autism Spectrum Quarterly. The first article discusses some of the challenges associated with establishing trusting relationships for individuals on the autism spectrum. The second article describes the positive steps that can be taken to develop trust in individuals with ASD. The second article stresses the burden of establishing trust is on the partner without ASD.
- The Use and Misuse of Evidence-Based Practice - This article is from the fall 2011 issue of Autism Spectrum Quarterly. The article begins with a clear cut definition of evidence-based practice (EBP) for individuals on the autism spectrum. The latter half of the article discusses the proper and improper implementation of EBPs.
- The Value of Movement Activities for Young Children - This article examines the importance of movement on the development of not only motor skills, but emotional and social developments as well. Amongst other things, this article demonstrates that movement can help improve motor skills, children benefit from many different types of motor activities, and games can be a fun way to encourage movement in individuals with ASD.
- Transition Time: Helping Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Move Successfully from One Activity to Another - This extensive article explains the ins and outs of transition services. This article defines transition strategies, why they are implemented, and the various forms of transitions strategies designed for individuals across the autism spectrum.
- Transplants for Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents - This interesting guide provides information specific to parents of children who have a learning disability and are in need of a medical transplant. This brochure guides the parents of such children and demonstrates how, as parents, they must be the biggest advocate for their child. An individual with a learning disability has the equal right to quality of life, just as he/she has the right to equal employment and a free public education.
- Understanding Friends - Understanding Friends is a program designed to educate children about differences and develop empathy towards their peers. The text is an outline of an Understanding Friends lesson plan and gives step-by-step instructions on how to give an Understanding Friends presentation. The outline provides different lesson plans that are all designed to accomplish the main goal of spreading acceptance and understanding peers.
- Understanding the Design and Power of a Personal Schedule - This article highlights the importance of using a physical schedule to facilitate the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This article describes the different types of schedules and the functional advantages of developing a personal schedule for individuals with ASD.
- U.S. Genetic testing Report - This extensive document generated by the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society goes in-depth on the subject of genetic testing. The 2008 report includes recommendations to maximize the benefits of genetic testing and minimize harm. The document provides over 250 pages of information on genetic testing in the United States.
- Using a Visual Support to Enhance WH Question - This study explores the results of a WH comprehension study conducted on 28 individuals across the autism spectrum. WH comprehension refers to the ability of an individual to correctly use who, what, when, why, where, and how when used in questions. Although there are several possible strategies, the article demonstrates an example of using using a visual support to instruct the necessary individuals with ASD on WH comprehension.
- Using Paired-Choice Assessment to Identify Variables Maintaining Sleep Problems in a Child with Severe Disabilities - Many children with learning disabilities experience difficulty sleeping. This 2004 study’s purpose is to identify the stimuli that cause these sleep problems in one individual and use those results to develop a successful intervention. The study monitored the sleep patterns of one individual with autism to create an intervention resulting in a reduction of sleep disturbance for up to 12 months.
- Using Video Modeling to Teach Reciprocal Pretend Play to Children with Autism - This study’s purpose was to use video modeling to teach children with autism how to engage in reciprocal pretend play with typically developing peers. Video modeling involves presenting a video-taped sample of scripted behaviors to an individual two or three times, after which the individual is given the opportunity to replicate the scripted behaviors. In this study two children with autism were paired up with typically developing children to evaluate the effect of the video modeling procedure.
- Using Visual Schedules: A Guide for Parents - This article details the use of visual schedules for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The article focuses on the advantages of using a visual schedule and how to create a visual schedule for your child with ASD.
- Visitor Expectations and Perceptions of Program and Physical Accessibility in the National Park Service - This 2001 report surveyed visitors to national parks with disabilities to gauge their perceptions of the physical accessibility of America’s national parks. The survey aimed to collect data on the physical accessibility, the perceptions of accessibility, and the barriers to participation of visitors with disabilities. The study also sought to generate suggestions and recommendations to make parks for accessible for disabled individuals, and to provide information for better future development and maintenance of future recreational areas based on the needs of disabled visitors.
- What about the Dads? - This brief article addresses the noticeable absence of dads at support group meetings for family members affected by autism spectrum disorder. The article explains the concept of ‘Dads Only’ support groups and where to find information for the support groups in Indiana.
- Workshop on U.S. Date to Evaluate Changes in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) - This full report on the Workshop on U.S. Date to Evaluate Changes in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) covers a wide variety of information pertaining to ASD. The information provided covers subjects relating to data collection to the risk factors that increase the risk for ASDs and panel discussions on multiple topics.
- "Your Attitude Just Might Be My Biggest Barrier" - This article examines how individuals with autism spectrum disorder communicate through their behavior. The article asks the reader to discover the individual’s intent to communicate based on what is perceived as negative behavior. The text explains that we should ask ourselves why somebody is behaving badly and not just for simple, cliché reasons, such as they just “want attention” or they are “non-compliant”.