ERIC Number: ED469046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Young Children. AECA Research in Practice Series.
This booklet provides an overview of the characteristics and needs of young children with autism spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. It addresses: (1) different disabilities under the classification of autism spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders; (2) characteristics of autism; (3) characteristics of children with Asperger's disorder; (4) characteristics of children with pervasive developmental disordernot otherwise specified; (5) causes of autism; (6) how a child is assessed; (7) helping children with autism communicate; (8) helping children with autism with social awareness; (9) helping develop imaginative play and flexibility; (10) managing melt-downs and other difficult behaviors in children with autism; (11) supports, therapies, and alternative options for helping children with autism, including multidisciplinary therapy, the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children approach, applied behavioral analysis, diet options, the Picture Exchange Communication Systems, medication, and sensory integration therapy. The booklet closes with a summary of tips for parents and carers for helping a young child with autistic behavior communicate, interact socially, and deal with obsessions, intense interest, and anxiety. A list of 21 resources is provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Clinical Diagnosis, Communication Skills, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Etiology, Interpersonal Communication, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Play Therapy, Social Cognition, Social Development, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
Australian Early Childhood Association Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, ACT 2602. Tel: (02) 6241 6900; Fax: (02) 6241 5547; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Note: Volume 8, Number 4. Published four times per year.