The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) What is PECS? The Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS, allows people with little or no communication abilities to communicate using pictures. People using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. By doing so, the person is able to initiate communication. Science/Find Resources & Programs/Autism Treatment Network/ATN Tool Kits Behavioral challenges are a common problem for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many children with ASD have challenges managing certain behaviors such as aggression or not following directions in addition to experiencing limitations in communication or social skills. This tool kit is designed to provide parents of children with ASD with an overview of in-home strategies as well as tips to teach and increase desirable behaviors and decrease behavior problems. This tool kit also provides caregivers with an overview of professional behavioral treatments that families can seek out from qualified professionals. ATN/AIR-P Introduction to Behavioral Health Treatments Anyone can download ATN/AIR-P Introduction to Behavioral Health Treatments for free here.
What's New solving problems collaboratively ✓ What's new? Well, this website is new! We hope you have an easy time navigating your way around. Most of the content from the previous website is now in the CPS Resources section or the Outreach section (be sure to check out the new Two Minute Videos in the Outreach section). But that doesn't mean you want to neglect our Advocacy section...that's where you'll learn all about our efforts on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers (and how you can get involved). ✓ For the most recent segments of our Radio Programs, click here.
Bilingualism, Autism and Executive Functions The impact of bilingualism on the executive control functions of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Hello everyone! My name is Shereen, I’m from Egypt, born and raised in the United Arab Emirates. In 2006, I started a journey of higher education. During this journey, I resided in several countries through which I acquired several multilingual and multicultural experiences. Along the way, I was introduced to a course named ‘The Psychology of Bilingualism’ which opened my eyes to the dearth of research investigating the impact of experiences like mine.
Developing and Delivering Digital Behavioural Interventions We are a research team based at the University of Bath, funded by The Leverhulme Trust to complete exciting new research developing technology to support the writing and delivery of Social Stories™. What are Social Stories™? Social Stories™ are short stories, written in a specific format and style that aim to accurately describe a context, skill or achievement (dinner time, bath time, waiting in line for example). They provide a supportive visual tool to help children better understand what is happening during certain situations that they might find confusing and/or distressing. Research has demonstrated that Social Stories™ can be an effective intervention for supporting people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), particularly in improving social and behavioural outcomes.
DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria Autism Speaks is pleased to provide the full-text of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the related diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD), as they appear in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). As of May 2013, psychologists and psychiatrists will be using these criteria when evaluating individuals for these developmental disorders. For further context, please see our full DSM-5 coverage here. Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder 315.39 (F80.89) Developing symbolic play for children with autism using a joint-play intervention Marwick, Helen Margaret and Jarvie, Karena and Johnston, Lorna and Cowie, Hilary and Quinn, Nicola and Cunningham, Rachael (2013) Developing symbolic play for children with autism using a joint-play intervention. In: European Early Childhood Educational Research Association Conference (EECERA), 2013-08-28. Full text not available in this repository.
DSM-5 The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. Their dedication and hard work have yielded an authoritative volume that defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. Educational Resources Two communication approaches for children with Autism: Intensive Interaction and the Attention Bucket On Friday I attended a conference: “Intensive Interaction and Play Techniques: encouraging Communication for Children with Autism”. I came back inspired — I can’t wait to try out the ideas! Here’s a summary of two of the presentations. Intensive Interaction The keynote presentation was given by Dave Hewett, who, along with Melanie Nind, developed the Intensive Interaction approach.