Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of severe disorders of development. They can disrupt social relationships and communication, play, and academic skills. ASDs usually lead to lifelong disability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an average of 1 in 110 children in the US have an ASD. Science shows that early detection of ASD, when followed by the right interventions, can lead to better outcomes for children affected by autism. These include improved language, social, and adaptive functioning, and a reduction in inappropriate behaviors. It is important to identify and refer children with ASD as early as possible to the Early Intervention Program.
More information about autism is available from the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention's publication Clinical Practice Guideline on Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Assessment and Intervention for Young children (Age 0-3 years). This publication provides recommendations based on the best scientific evidence available about "best practices" for assessment and intervention for young children to parents, clinicians, and others interested in autism. Information is also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's autism information center at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/.
- This audio series from the American Academy of Pediatrics helps answer parents' questions about autism spectrum disorders. It offers a collection of interviews with developmental and behavioral pediatricians, a pediatric neurologist, autism researchers, and parents of children with autism.
- Autism A.L.A.R.M. Fact Sheet
- Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) - Autism Screening by Primary Health Care Providers for Toddlers in New York State
- Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders - Report of the Recommendations
- Autism/Pervasive Development Disorders (PDD) Training - These trainings provide recommendations for parents and professionals based on available scientific evidence about "best practices" for assessment and intervention for young children with autism and PDD. Trainings are presented by an early intervention training contractor. Autism/PDD course schedules can be found at the following site:
- The NYS Interagency Task Force on Autism, a partnership of 11 state agencies, developed NYACTS (Adults and Children on the Spectrum), an all-inclusive resource that provides information for parents about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) activities in New York State. It makes available the latest information on education, health, mental health, and developmental disabilities services in an organized way to people seeking information. The site offers reliable, current information about NYS services and supports; important laws, events, and training; NYS's autism initiatives; and much more, including FAQs and ASD news stories.