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Autism (also referred to as autistic disorder) is one of the five pervasive developmental disorders described in the diagnostic manual published by the American Psychiatric Association. Autism is characterized by significant difficulties with social interaction, communication and patterns of behavior described as restricted, repetitive and stereotypic. Autism is associated with delays evident before the age of 3 years in social interaction, language as social communication and symbolic or imaginative play.

Source:Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV or DSM-IV-TR)

A group of local parents teamed up with NEDSRA to bring a future chapter of the Autism Society of Illinois (ASI) to the residents of northeast DuPage County.

ABA4Autism.com and the Psychology Department at the University of Tennessee at Martin are conducting a second survey on the causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This survey is for mothers of children with ASD as well as mothers of normally developing children who are ten years of age or younger. Mothers who participate in the survey will receive a free ABA program to teach their child to follow directions as well as free ABA mini programs for common problems like sharing. To take the survey please go to www.aba4autism.com. Thanks Dr.Gary Brown Professor and Chair Psychologist/HSP

ABA Resources for Recovery  

At Health Newsletter and links

Autism: Behavioral Strategies (on line course)

Autism PDD Resources Network

Autism Resources

Autism Society of America

Autism Society of Illinois  
Lombard Chapter, 630/691-1270 www.autismillinois.org/

Autism Treatment Info find information, tips and solutions for teaching your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder www.AutismTreatment.info/

Behavioral Intertventions for Pre-School Children with Autism

Cure Autism Now Foundation  
Non-profit organization of parents, clinicians and scientists dedicated to finding effective biological treatments, prevention and a cure for autism and related disorders. www.canfoundation.org/

Cutting Through The Psychobabble: Diagnosing Autism and PDD-NOS per the DSM-IV in Layman's Terms

Defeat Autism Now (DAN)  
Parents and physicians who do not regard psychotropic drugs as the best or only means of treating autistic patients will welcome this advanced manual on clinical assessment. www.autism.com/ari/dan/contents.html

Denver Model Treatment for autism www.thekansascitychannel.com/health/1770558/detail.html

Evaluating Intervention Stratagies

Freedom Center for Advanced Medicine  
This site gives us details on the definition, causes, diagnosis and treatment of autism. www.freedommedcenter.com/service.php?id=33

Implementing a Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet

Intensive Intervention Programs for Children with Autism

Little Friends, Inc.
Empowers children and adults with special challenges to live, work and participate in the community 630.355.3176 www.littlefriendsinc.com

Lovaas Method
Treatment for autism www.lovaas.com/

Manual for Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

NICHCY National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
The NICHCY State Resource Sheet for your state will help you locate organizations and agencies within your state that address disability-related issues. www.nichcy.org/states.htm


NICHD National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  
The NICHD, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is one of the primary Institutes doing research into various aspects of autism, including its causes, prevalence, and treatments www.nichd.nih.gov/autism/


Picture Exchange Communication System www.pecs.com/


The Autism Research Foundation (TARF)  
A group of bright & curious researchers investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of autism & related disorders. www.ladders.org/tarf/

Treatments and Approaches for Autism  

Treatments and Strategies for Autism  

Website has links to additional resources and info www.wrightslaw.com/info/autism.index.htm


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