Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Information on
Assessment General Treatment
National Academy of
Sciences Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
published the seminal work on what the science does and does not say about
educating children with Autism in their 2001 book: Educating Children with
Autism. We at Reinforcement Unlimited, LLC urge every
parent and service provider to read this critically important work. To
facilitate this we have added a link so that you can read the book for
free. NAS offers access to this book via a program called "open
book" which allows you to read the entire work online at the National
Academies Press website. "The Open Book page image presentation
framework is not designed to replace printed books. Rather, it is a free,
browseable, nonproprietary, fully and deeply searchable version of the
publication which we can inexpensively and quickly produce to make the
material available worldwide."
Revision (Adopted May 22, 2007) of the GUIDELINES FOR CONSUMERS OF
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM have been developed
by The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior
Analysis International. "Formal credentialing of professional behavior analysts (i.e.,
registration, certification, or licensure) can provide safeguards for consumers,
including means of screening potential providers and some recourse if incompetent or
unethical practices are encountered. At present, however, procedures for credentialing
professional behavior analysts are in place in only a few states. Until they are
implemented more widely, the Autism SIG recommends that consumers seek to determine if
those who claim to be qualified to direct ABA programs for people with autism meet
.....minimum standards." These guidelines are available for
download in PDF format via the above link.
Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) is committed to science as
the most objective, time-tested and reliable approach to discerning between
safe, effective autism treatments, and those that are harmful or ineffective.
ASAT supports all scientifically sound research on the prevention, treatment
and cure of autism, as well as all treatments for autism that are shown to be
effective through solid scientific research, regardless of discipline or
The mission of the Autism
Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunity
for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be
fully participating, included members of their community. Education, advocacy
at state and federal levels, active public awareness and the promotion of
research form the cornerstones of ASA's efforts to carry forth its mission.
The National Alliance for
Autism Research (NAAR) is a national nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to
finding the causes, prevention, effective treatment and, ultimately, cure of the autism
spectrum disorders. Until NAAR was established by parents in 1994, there was no national
nonprofit organization in the United States devoted to funding and otherwise accelerating
biomedical research in autism and related disorders.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism
Information Center describes autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and
federal and state research projects. Also provides links to resources for
families and researchers.
Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention is a research based Institute that
specializes in teaching pre-school aged children with autism, pervasive
developmental disorders, and related developmental disabilities. The
behavioral intervention program was developed in the Psychology Department of
UCLA under the direction of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas. It is based on extensive
clinical experience and more than 35 years of scientific research.
for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) "is a non-profit
organization dedicated to providing world class Education, Advocacy, and
Support .... and is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals,
designed to help families with children who have received the diagnosis of
Autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD NOS)."
The National Library of Medicines Online
Search Engine. NLM's search service to access the 9 million citations in MEDLINE and
Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases.
Saffran has put together a very comprehensive resource on Autism, PDD,
Hyperlexia, and Asperger's with parent resources, personal stories from
families, research links, and a whole host of other online resources for those
grappling with ASDs. His
step-by-step guide for parents is one of the best guides for parents of
newly diagnosed children we have ever seen anywhere.
offers "information and links regarding the developmental disabilities autism
and Asperger's Syndrome."
Online Asperger's Syndrome Information
and Support OASIS "O.A.S.I.S. is designed for educational purposes only.
The contents of this website are not medical, legal, technical or therapeutic advice and
must not be construed as such. The information contained herein is not intended to
substitute for informed professional diagnosis, advice or therapy. Visitors should not use
this information to diagnose or treat Asperger's Syndrome or Related Disorders without
also consulting a qualified medical or educational professional."