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This list of online resources are links for parents, teachers and students who want understand and work with people who have behaviors in the autistic spectrum.
These resources include videos, interactives, articles, lesson plans and activities.


NPR: Coping With An Autistic Brother: A Teenager’s Take – Each year, approximately one child in every 150 is diagnosed with autism. Eleven-year-old Andrew Skillings is one of those children. He has Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism.

Familiar Faces – As you learned in “Breaking the Shell” some forms of autism interfere with the ability to recognize and respond to familiar faces. Scientists don’t know why this ability is affected, and they disagree about how the brain processes, distinguishes and identifies faces. Most, however, think that the ability to identify faces is a complex process that is based upon a holistic view that arises from the precise placement and shape of various key features such as eyes and mouths.

Beyond the Autism Diagnosis: How Professionals Can Help – Professor Marion O’Brien of the University of North Carolina discusses her research findings on children and families, particularly parenting practices and parental attitudes and their influence on parent-child relationships and child development. Her book, Beyond the Autism Diagnosis, was published in 2006.

Autism: Do You Have A Friend Who Thinks In Pictures? – This lesson asks students to listen to facts about autism, read AUTISM Now, on the PBS NEWSHOUR site, and then design and create tools to assist their friends with autism in social settings.

PBS Parents: How to Help Children with Autism –   Autism is a disability that affects the way children behave, learn and interact in everyday situations. The PBS Parents website provides many helpful resources to help you learn to create an inclusive community for all children through promoting inclusion and respect for differences.  Here you will find articles, information, and real-life stories from a variety of experts and advocates in the fields of disabilities or early childhood education. Topics include: special education evaluations, educational needs of autistic children, and the importance of the home/school connection.

Losing the safety net: Adults with autism – When we think of autism, we tend to think of children, but what happens to those children when they grow up and leave the educational system.

NOVAscienceNOW : Autism Genes –  Researchers have begun to zero in on genes that might be responsible for autism.

Autism Now: Autism’s Prevalence Grows – ‘This Is a Big Problem’ –  The rate of autism diagnosis in American children continues to climb, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest research into the group of disorders with CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Dr. Susan Hyman.

Center of Autism Research and Treatment (Newsletter) – The Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, announces the launch of the first CART Newsletter.

HHS: Autism Information – Autism – or more precisely the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) – represents a broad group of developmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, or severely limited activities and interests.

CDC: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) - Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC estimates that about 1 in 88 children has been identified with an ASD. CDC is working to find out how many children have ASDs, discover the risk factors, and raise awareness of the signs.

Facial Expressions (Interactive for PreK-Elementary) –  Develop social skills and increase awareness of feelings and facial expressions that match feelings. Listen to a short story and choose from three facial expressions the one that best matches the character’s feelings.

The SCERTS® Model – This is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families. This website offers comprehensive information about the SCERTS® Model and its collaborators, and resources that are available to assist professionals and parents in developing and implementing educational programs based on the SCERTS® Model.

The Children’s Success Foundation – This foundation fosters the work of The Nurtured Heart Approach® by conducting training programs to help educators formally implement the approach in school systems, and to support parents to transform their relationships with their children. In the last 20 years, the Nurtured Heart Approach® has been adopted in realms of parenting and education around the world and has found its way into thousands of classroom, as well as a myriad of other high-needs child advocacy services, such as special education, foster care and juvenile justice systems.

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