Module 1: Early Warning Signs of Autism
Observation: Boy Drawing Bunny
Boy describes body parts to his teacher as he draws a bunny.
Observation: Difficulty with Transitions: Joseph, 4 years 4 months
Shows characteristics of autism: tantrum as a result of having trouble transitioning.
Observation: Dumping and Sorting, 3 years
Shows child dumping and sorting shapes.
Shows characteristic of autism: echolalia. [Pairs well with "Observation: Speech Milestones at 2 Years"]
Observation: Eye Contact: Leighdionne, 2 years 9 months
Shows red flags of autism in the context of an ABA therapy session: no response to name, lack of eye contact.
Observation: Ice Cream Sequence
Demonstrates symbolic play and joint attention in a toddler.
Observation: Imitation: James, 36 months and Alex, 24 months
Shows boys imitating mother and each other in speech and action: parallel play. Example of typical developmental milestone.
Observation: Inability to Locate Body Parts: Sajid, 3 years 1 month
Shows red flags of autism in the context of an ABA therapy session: lack of social engagement and joint attention.
Observation: Inappropriate Play: Evan, 17 months
Shows early warning signs of autism: lack of joint attention and social engagement, inappropriate play with a toys, preoccupation with parts of the toy, lack of pretend play. Demonstrates interaction between therapist and child to encourage appropriate play. [Pairs well with "Observation: Typical Play: Kyle, 13 months"]
Observation: Joint Attention: Noeliah 15 months
Demonstrates aspects of joint attention in a toddler: pointing, eye contact, interaction with mom and brother.
Observation: Lack of Response To Name: Evan, 18 months
Shows red flags for autism (no response to his name when called, even with physical prompt; inappropriate play with toy's mouthing). [Pairs well with "Observation: Response To Name: Kyle 12 months"]
Observation: Looking at Book with Mom: Katelyn, 14 months
Shows interaction with mom, joint engagement, and imitation of speech.
Observation: Nathan & Ben: 1 year 7 months
Demonstrates contrast between two twins, one with early warning signs of autism and one without as they interact with their mother.
Observation: Pointing to Body Parts
Toddler works with teacher identifying body parts and using joint attention.
Observation: Reading Sequence
Development of literacy skills from toddler to elementary age.
Observation: Response to Name: Kyle, 12 months
Typical response to name, demonstrates joint attention. [Pairs well with "Observation: Lack of Response To Name: Evan, 18 months"]
Observation: Shyness: Akifa, 38 months
Demonstrates shyness in a typical child, despite not speaking, she shows good social referencing and responds to the interviewer.
Observation: Speech Milestones at 2 years
Typical speech and language including age appropriate conversation between toddler and mother. [Pairs well with "Observation: Echolalia"]
Observation: Temper Tantrum: Harrison, 3 years 6 months
Shows temper tantrum in a typically developing child.
Observation: Typical Play: Kyle, 13 months
Typical play in 12-months-old: stacking cups. [Pairs well with "Observation: Inappropriate Play: Evan, 17 months"]
Observation: Typical Play: Richard, 30 months
Demonstrates appropriate play with toy cars.
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Module 2: Screening for Autism
Interview: Comments on Getting Diagnosis: Caryn, Mom of Riley
Mother describes how she was alerted to her daughter's delays when her older son was getting early intervention therapy. Highlights the importance of looking early for warning signs in younger siblings especially when an older sibling has delays.
Interview: Comments on Getting Diagnosis: Lynda and David, Parents of Wynston
Parents describe the preliminary screening results of their son via the M-CHAT and subsequent autism diagnosis and their difficulties interpreting due to son's positive performance in all areas but language.
Interview: Mom of Gabriel, Nathan, & Ben
Mother describes the pediatrician's recommendation to assess her son for early intervention and review by a developmental-behavioral pediatrician. Shows parental response to concerns about screening, importance of pediatrician referral, and potential role of early intervention in early identification.
Interview: Search for a Diagnosis and the Importance of Early Intervention, Mom of Ryan, Maren, and Liam
Mother explains the difficulties faced during what should have been the initial stages of diagnosis: her son's diagnosis was delayed five months because of the pediatrician's recommendation to "wait and see." Shows parental experience following a pediatrician who did not respond to parental concerns or was not sufficiently trained.
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Module 3: Communicating Concerns: Screening and Diagnosis Results
Communicating Concerns: Screening and Diagnosis Results Part I
Shows Part I dialogue between physician and parents.
Communicating Concerns: Screening and Diagnosis Results Part IIA
Shows Part IIA dialogue between physician and parents.
Communicating Concerns: Screening and Diagnosis Results Part IIB
Shows Part IIB dialogue between physician and parents.
Interview: Comments on Getting Diagnosis: Raquel and Anthony, Parents of Sal, Ethan, and Evan
Parents describe their initial shock and surprise to their young son's diagnosis.
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Module 5: Early Intervention and Education
Observation: ABA: Stephon, 2 years 6 months
Demonstrates ABA therapy session focusing on imitation, joint attention, and following simple instructions using positive reinforcement.
Observation: ABA: Wells, 2 years 8 months
Demonstrates ABA therapy session focusing on imitation, joint attention and following simple instructions using positive reinforcement.
Observation: Fun with Bouncing Ball (Physical Therapy): Gabriel 3 years 7 months
Mother using therapy techniques to engage with child.
Observation: Working on Expressive Language: Leighdionne, 2 years 9 months
Therapy session working on expressive language using ABA techniques with positive reinforcement.
Observation: Working with PECS: Antonio 3 years 1 month
Demonstrates use of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) in a therapy session.
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Module 7: Autism-Specific Anticipatory Guidance
Early Intervention: Feeding
Demonstrates therapy session focused on eating using behavioral techniques, parent coaching.
Interview: Sleep Disorders: Caryn, Mom of Riley
Mother describes her daughter's sleeping schedule and its consequences. Shows impact of disrupted sleeping on the family.
Observation: Feeding Problems
Mother of child with autism talks about her child's feeding problems while his nanny feeds him.
Observation: Special Food Preparation
Nanny prepares food for a young boy with autism adding dietary supplements and vitamins. Special diets are sometimes used as part of a child with autism's treatment plan.
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