Vermont Family Network has developed a list of various resources to help families and professionals learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders. There are many organizations with comprehensive websites filled with information and resources.
- Background Information
- ASD Signs and Screening Tools
- Autism Treatments
- New Diagnosis
- Educational Community
- Medical Community
- National and International
- Podcasts and Webinars
- Videos and films
There are many resources available to parents and professionals on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Resources listed on this page are specific to a new diagnosis of ASD.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact Sheet (Vermont Family Network)
- Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Toolkit First 100 Days (Autism Speaks)
- Best Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Pervasive Development Disorders
- First 100 Days Kit: A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis, Version 2.0 (Autism Speaks)
- Next Steps Guide for Families with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Clare McFadden, Autism Specialist at the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living in conjunction with the Vermont Autism Task Force and other departments of Vermont State Government.
- Newly Diagnosed: Frequently Asked Questions (TACA)
- Quick Reference Guide for Autistic Spectrum Disorders/Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment (California Department of Developmental Services 2002)
- Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, by author Ellen Notbohm
Recreation and Resources
- Ability Plus
- Adaptive Ski and Sport Vermont
- Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center
- Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program (CHAMP)
- Special Olympics Vermont
- VSA Vermont (formerly VSA Arts of Vermont)
- How to Help a Child with Autism (TACA and Howcast)
- Pathologist. Click here to view the powerpoint. Click here for an article entitled “Using Communication to Reduce Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” by Tiffany L. Hutchins, Ph.D. and Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.
- Autism and Your Family (Autism Speaks)
- Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national group of organizations that collaborate to improve the lives of adults with autism. AFAA also offers information for families on a variety of subjects including residential,recreation and community.
- Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Video (NCWD for Youth)
Archived Trainings and Webinars
- Learn the Signs, Act Early: Innovative Approaches to Improve Developmental Screening: Highlights from Three Act Early Teams (Webinar)
- The Groden Network of Programs: Effectively supporting employees with autism spectrum disorders (Webcast)
- Postsecondary Options for Students with ASD (AUCD)
- Who’s in Charge: Decision-making Options for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (AUCD)
- Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Webcast
- Autism Case Training (ACT) The “Autism Case Training (ACT) – A Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum” is a new curriculum that is designed to educate future pediatricians on fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders. This curriculum was developed in partnership with between CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” team and HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Training Program.
- Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an Evidence Based Practices (EBP) with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download.
- Autism Internet Modules Developed by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) in partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA), the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Toronto’s Geneva Centre for Autism, this series of online learning modules includes information on assessment and identification of ASDs, recognizing and understanding behaviors and characteristics, transition to adulthood, employment, and numerous evidence-based practices and interventions. Click here for a complete list of module trainings.
- Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UCDavis Interactive Training Modules on Autism ADEPT (Autism Distance Education Parent Training) Interactive Learning Strategies for Teaching Functional Skills An original MIND Institute/CEDD 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning module providing parents with tools and training to more effectively teach their child with autism and other related neurodevelopmental disorders functional skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques.
- Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) recently posted a new on-line module on the early identification of ASD. The module comes with videos (including home movies of babies who later develop ASD), case studies and other resources.
- Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Online Course (National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders)
- Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Understanding Autism in the Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders Online The Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders is the United States’ first undergraduate course of its kind. All of the lecture content and supporting materials available online for free.
- Understanding Autism Professional Development Curriculum Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) Understanding Autism Professional Development Curriculum. Created in collaboration with the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), this comprehensive professional development tool is designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the knowledge and evidence-based strategies needed to support their students with autism in the general education classroom.
Medical Home Vermont Resources
- Autism Fact Sheet for Parents in Vermont (Authors Stephen Contompasis MD, Janet Kilburn MSW and Carol Hassler MDwith support from the Vermont State Implementation Grant for Improving Services for Children and Youth with ASD and other Developmental Disabilities.)
- An Algorithm to Address Toilet Training Readiness or Refusal (Author Stephen Contompasis MD)
- Preventive Services Prompting Sheet for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Author Stephen Contompasis MD)
- Primary Care Algorithm For Positive Autism Screens (VCHIP)
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- National Center for Medical Home Implementation
- National Medical Home Autism Initiative
- Medical Home /Fact Sheet/Vermont Family Network
- Medical Home Services for Autism Disorders
- Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home:An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening (AAP Policy)
- Medical Home A.L.A.R.M. (AAP)
- Medical Home Portal for Autism Disorders
Translated Autism Resources
Vermont Department of Health Autism Fact Sheet is available in the following languages:
The University of Southern California (USC), Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has translated (with permission) the Center for Disease Control’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Autism Fact Sheet into multiple languages to reach under served populations and to encourage early identification of autism. These CDC’s Fact sheets on Autism Spectrum Disorders are available in English and the following languages:
For additional languages not listed, click here.
- Getting Off to a Good Start: Positive Interactions with Diverse Families in Early Childhood Intervention
- Strategies for Success in Local Early Childhood Parent Outreach Activities Among Diverse Cultures
- Potential Community Partners and Locations for Parent Outreach Activities in Diverse Communities
- M-Chat Free Download in Translated Materials
- Steps to Success/Communicating with Your Child’s School/CADRE