http://vsabrevard.org Very Special Arts Brevard
http://www.brevardautism.com Brevard PALS (Providing Autism Links and Supports)
http://www.autismspeaks.org Autism Speaks: First 100 Days Kit
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers(M=CHAT; Robins, Fein, & Barton, 1999)
The M-CHAT is a tool used to facilitate the screening of young children that are at risk for autism. The M-CHAT is a screening tool for early detection of autism recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics typically for children between 18-24 months of age. This screening tool should be used to alert health professionals for the need of a diagnostic assessment by someone trained in autism spectrum disorders.
The M-CHAT can be administered and scored as part of a well-child check-up. The primary goal of the M-CHAT is to maximize sensitivity, meaning to detect as many cases of ASD as possible. Therefore, there is a high false positive rate, meaning that not all children who score at risk for ASD will be diagnosed with ASD.
The M-CHAT consists of 23 Y/N questions about a child's behavior. Children who fail more than 3 items total or 2 critical items should be referred for diagnostic evaluation by a specialist trained to evaluate ASD in very young children. The checklist and scoring instructions can be downloaded from www.mchatscreen.com or www.firstsigns.org (Source: 1999 Diana Robins, Deborah Fein, and Marianne Barton)
The following are brief descriptions of the specialists most commonly associated with the diagnosis, intervention and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
- Geneticist: A physician specializing in the study of disorders associated with heredity
- Occupational Therapist: Helps minimize impact of disability of independence in daily living by adapting child's environment and teaching sub-skills of the missing developmental components.
- Psychiatrist: A physician who focuses on diagnosing and treating mental illness from a biological and psychological perspective and may prescribe various medications for treatment.
- Psychologist: A licensed practitioner specializing in understanding a person's behavior, emotions and cognitive skills.
- Physical Therapist: Design and implement specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities.
- Neurologist: A physician specializing in diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system.
- Speech and Language Pathologist: A therapist that specializes in human communication and whose focus is to increase a child's ability to impact and understand their environment.
Transition Booklet for Youth with Disabilities
Transition Booklet for Youth with Disabilities that was developed as a joint effort between Florida’s Children First and the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities.
Exceptional Student Education Parent Resources Website
This website is a resource for ESE parents who are just starting their journey through Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and also for those who have been on this journey for a while.
For more information, please visit this site.