By Erica Kearney, M.A., BCBA, LABA
What is ASD?
ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interactions and social communication and by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior.
How many children have ASD?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that one in 68 children in the United States has an ASD (2014). This number is about 30 percent higher than the CDC’s 2012 estimate of one in 88 children.
How common is ASD?
Autism spectrum disorder is more common in children than cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS. Autism occurs in all races, ethnicities, and social groups. It is five times more common in boys than in girls.
Do we know what causes autism?
Although a specific cause of autism is not known, current research links autism to biological or neurological differences in the brain. Autism is believed to have a genetic basis, although no specific gene has been directly linked to the disorder. We do know that autism is NOT caused by vaccinations.
How is ASD diagnosed?
According to the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), ASD is diagnosed when a person exhibits three “persistent deficits” in social communication and social interaction, and at least two repetitive behaviors.
At what age should a child be screened for ASD?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that all children be screened ASD at 18 months and again at 24 months. However, individuals of any age can be screened for ASD.
What are the benefits of an early diagnosis?
The earlier a child with ASD is diagnosed, the better the long-term outcome. Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention during the first years of a child’s life can significantly impact his or her long-term prognosis, particularly in the areas of language and social behavior.
Are there autism treatments that work?
Yes! In its recently released National Standards Report, Phase 2, the National Autism Center identified 14 established treatments that produce beneficial outcomes effective for children and adolescents on the spectrum, and one for adults.
You can download a free copy of the report at http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/resources/
Erica Kearney, M.A., BCBA, LABA, is the Executive Director of the May Center School for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities in West Springfield, Mass. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 60 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. May Institute operates four schools for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, including one in West Springfield, Mass. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org
For resources and more information about Autism, visit http://www.autismspeaks.org
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We need your input! Our school district and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) want to hear from parents regarding how well your child’s school is doing to involve you in the special education services provided to your child.
We would like you to complete a brief, online survey to share your experience with your child’s special education services during the current school year (2016-17). Please go to www.kypso.org, click “Click here to access the 2017 Parent Survey,” and complete the eleven-question survey telling us about your current experiences.
If you would like to visit the school to complete the survey, you are more than welcome to use one of our computers. Unfortunately, this survey is only available electronically as we are unable to process paper copies.
Only one parent per student should complete this survey. However, if you have more than one child with an IEP, please complete a survey for each of your children.
All responses are anonymous and cannot be traced back to you or your child. Results will be analyzed by the Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky (UK) and used for a report to the U.S. Department of Education. We will also be reviewing the final report to see if we can do more to involve parents in their child’s special education program.
The deadline for completing this very important survey is May 31, 2017.
Thank you for your help.
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CEC Teacher of the Year!!!
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