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Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources for Early Childhood Educators

A list of resources, websites and information to support early childhood educators. This is a resource to support an online professional development workshop from

templates-for-personalized-teaching-stories - Autism Speaks Canada

These are templates that can be customized for the development of personalized teaching stories.

Autism Canada

The website for Autism Canada. Filled with helpful information and resources.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice

Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice by Laura J. Hall. Available on Amazon.

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum - available on Amazon

HOME - Pacific Autism Family Centre

The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

ACT - Autism Community Training | Knowledge that Makes a Difference

Looking for autism & special needs resources specific to British Columbia? Visit the new B.C. Resources page to find community agencies, recreational activities, service providers, support groups, education & employment, community events, the autism manual, new diagnosis hub, transition to adulthood, and much more!

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. | ACT - Autism Community Training

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. is, as the name implies, mostly specific to British Columbia but there is information that is more broadly relevant. Community organizations and parents are welcome to print the relevant sections of the manual for easy reference. 

Learn the Signs of Autism | | Autism Speaks

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.

The following "red flags" may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:

No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
No babbling by 12 months
No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
No words by 16 months
No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

Understanding the Diagnostic Criteria - DSM-5 for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Information about the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 for Autism Spectrum Disorder.