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Autism Resources for Children and Families

A growing number of autism support groups and programs can help educate and provide social interaction for children living with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

Autism Speaks, founded in 2005, is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to promoting awareness and fundraising and provides family services, tool kits, news and other educational resources on its website,  autismspeaks.org.

The Autism Support Network (ASN) is a community that helps families and individuals living with autism connect with others going through the same experiences. The ASN website provides tools, research, news and scheduled chats. Visit autismsupportnetwork.com to learn more.

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR), created in 2001, is an organization led by the parents and grandparents of children with autism spectrum disorders. OAR provides parents and families of children with autism resources for autism research, parent worksheets and online monthly newsletters at researchautism.org.

Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Hints that a child may have ASD can be indicated in the earliest development stages. Children with ASD may not babble and be unresponsive to their own name at 12 months of age, may not show interest or point at things by 14 months, and not make words by 16 months.
  • Autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder—not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) are three common types of ASD.
  • One out of 110 children is diagnosed with ASD, with boys being four to five times more likely to develop the condition than girls

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2

What is ADOS-2?
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 {ADOS-2) is an instrument which consists of standardized activities that allow the examiner to observe behaviors which are related to a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder {ASD). It allows for this to occur across developmental levels and chronological ages.

There are five modules which can be administered in 40-60 minutes. Each one contains a unique set of activities for use with children and adults. It is appropriate for individuals as young as 12 months with no expressive language to adults with verbal fluency. Over the administration of the ADOS-2 notes and observations are made which are subsequently assigned a rating. These ratings are then converted to a score based on the ADOS-2 algorithms. Once the rating scale is completed the participant can be given a diagnosis which could indicate the level of ASD related symptom otology observed during the assessment.

Finally, the ADOS-2 can be used as a tool to indicate the individual's change in ASD related symptoms over time. At the end of the assessment process a report will be completed for the examinee which will include a diagnosis(es) and recommendations. This test is administered through our PinnacleHealth Psychological Associates. For more information please call (717) 231-2360.

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