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CHDV C141 Guide for Lisa Fuller: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Child Development 141: Introduction to Children with Special Needs

Background Resources: Overviews and Definitions

The resources on this page were curated by Katie Harper and Grace Pena, with help from librarian Julie Cornett, as part of a class project for CHDV C141: Introduction to Students with Special Needs.

Turkington, C. A., Rocheleau, J., & Caffrey, C. (2021). Autism Spectrum Disorder. In J. L. Longe (Ed.), The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's HealthInfancy through Adolescence (4th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 282-288). Gale.


Professional Organizations

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.

The Organization For Autism Research provides information and resources to families, students, educators. 

Department of Developmental Services listing of Regional Centers and contact information for one's local agency. 

  • California Department of Education - California Special Education Local Plan Areas:

California Department of Education directory of SELPA contact information specific to a family's location. This page explains SELPA services as well. 

Parent & Teacher Resources: Articles and Books

This article geared towards educators offers concrete classroom strategies for using visual supports for assisting children on the Autism spectrum.

This article is from Organization For Autism Research discussing information about preparing teachers for in the classroom to help their Autistic students succeed.

This page provides information and articles to AssistiveWare, which is a company that creates AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) apps that can assist even young Autistic children to learn how to communicate with pictures, sight words, and typing. 

This article provides information on Functional Communication Training to help children work on communication skills. 

 This is an overview of another communication system, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). 

APA References - Autism Spectrum Disorders


National Autistic Society. (2017, July 18). Amazing things happen. | Alexander Amelines | [Video]. YouTube.


hands holding autism ribbon

Neurological and Physical Abilitation Center - Napa (2014). [Hands holding Autism awareness ribbon.] [Photograph]. NAPA.