Hi, I'm Stacey Bock and I am an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University. I would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about how you can support children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. This video explains 10 Guiding Principles that are designed to assist parents and teachers who are living with and supporting individuals who are on the spectrum. We hope you will find it beneficial.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are the largest growing category of disability in the United States. Autism Spectrum Disorders are considered Pervasive Developmental Disorders or PDDs and are diagnosed using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV. Autism Spectrum Disorders include Autistic Disorder which is sometimes referred to as "classic autism," Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and PDD-NOS or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. All individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD diagnosis display pervasive difficulties in the areas of behavior, communication, socialization and sensory processing. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention estimate that 1 in every 150 children born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with an ASD. The impact on families and the school system is inexpressible.
The purpose of this video is to introduce teachers, parents, related service professionals, and pre-service teachers to guiding principles for educating children with autism spectrum and related behavioral and communication disabilities. Ten Guiding Principles was a brief article written for the Statewide Standard published by Illinois State University. A general overview of the "Guiding Principles" was first introduced in a video produced by the Illinois Autism/PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project funded through an Illinois State Board of Education initiative. This video is a follow-up and in-depth expansion of many of the guiding principles.
It is well documented that providing evidence—interventions for the children and adolescents with ASD and related disorders can yield substantial benefits to individuals and their families. Unfortunately, because of the lack of information available, at times, teachers and parents may pursue treatments and interventions that are not valid or supported by research. Like any disability, ASDs have had their share of 'quack treatments' and therapies. Guiding Principles hope to clarify appropriate choices.
This Guiding Principles DVD is based upon evidence-based and promising practices. Evidence-based practices are those that have significant and credible empirical efficacy and support. Practices that are promising refer to methods that appear to have usefulness and worth with individuals with ASD, even though the intervention requires additional scientific support to be considered an evidenced based method. Each Guiding Principle is organized as a chapter of the DVD. This allows you to choose the content you feel will be most beneficial to you and your student or family. Video from public school classrooms, home programs, and individual therapy sessions are provided to give you real world examples of how evidence-based interventions can be incorporated throughout an individual's day. In addition, resource information is provided for each Guiding Principle. Again, thank you for taking the time to learn about how you can support children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.