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Autism Speaks, FSU and First Signs launch Autism Video Glossary treatment section

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 5, 2011) Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, together with First Signs, a leader in educating parents and professionals about the early signs of autism and related disorders, and Florida State University's Autism Institute today announced the launch of a new treatment section of its acclaimed online Autism Video Glossary, giving parents an important new tool as they work to determine the best treatment options for their child.

The new treatment section expands the Video Glossary's library with the inclusion of more than 100 video clips from actual therapy sessions illustrating 22 treatments that may be used to help children with autism build skills, connect with peers and family members, and reduce challenging behaviors. It offers families a window into the various treatment options, provides a description of each method, and lists the top five research studies supporting the treatment and where to find more information. Professionals will also find the treatment section useful when working with a family to determine the best course of treatment for a child with autism.

"The Autism Video Glossary has proven to be an exceptional tool that educates parents and professionals alike about some of the key characteristics of autism and its associated behaviors," said Lisa Goring vice president of Family Services at Autism Speaks. "In addition to expanding upon this comprehensive library, the new treatment section provides insight into a variety of options available to families who are struggling to find effective treatments for their child with autism."

The glossary is a free web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the signs, diagnostic features, and terminology associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It contains more than 100 video clips that illustrate the subtle differences in behaviors that are typical in contrast with those that are red flags for ASD. Sections include an overview of ASD, social interaction, communication, repetitive behaviors and restricted interests, and regulatory and sensory systems.

The treatment section consists of five categories: behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, structured teaching and supports, clinical therapies, and toddler treatment models. Each category covers three to six treatments used commonly with children on the autism spectrum, and contains detailed information about those treatments, including whether training is required, measures for determining if treatments are working, and resources for more information. A link to the online Glossary of Terms is provided throughout the Autism Video Glossary to help educate parents and professionals about the terminology used in the clips or captions.

"One of the most challenging tasks for any family with a child on the autism spectrum is finding the right treatments and resources," said Nancy D. Wiseman, founder and president of First Signs. "The new treatment clips will allow families to compare treatments and get a feel for what might be right for their child."

"While there are no conclusive studies showing that one approach is better than another, some approaches, such as applied behavior analysis, have been researched more than others and many approaches incorporate similar intervention strategies," said Amy M. Wetherby, PhD, distinguished research professor and director of the Autism Institute at Florida State University. "Viewing the treatments in action will help parents and professionals see a range of intervention strategies and choose treatment strategies that best fit the needs of the child and family."


Contact: Adam Pockriss
Autism Speaks

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