Autism Spectrum Disorder

What it is

A formal exceptionality, identified by an Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC), in the category of Communication.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or Autism is a diagnosis characterized by deficits in social communication and restricted, repetitive behaviours/interests, that are present since a young age and persistent. In the past, subtypes of ASD like Asperger’s and Autistic Disorder were considered separate diagnoses, but version 5 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-v) removed these. Now a severity level is included with an ASD diagnosis (Level 1: Requiring support, Level 2: Requiring substantial support and Level 3: Requiring very substantial support). ASD is caused by combinations of genetic and environmental factors.

Ontario Ministry of Education Resources
Strategies for Teaching

Dr. Grandin has ASD and is one of the most famous spokespeople on the topic.

Series of brief videos from the British Columbia Outreach Program, with segments on various aspects of ABA and teaching students with ASD.

Activities, games, and information.

Use menu on the right to find printable visual supports for students on behaviour, scheduling and curriculum supports.

Article containing tips and teaching accommodations for working with students with Asperger’s.

Paula Kluth is a respected expert in the field of autism. This link is to her home page, with various articles and resources.

Document from British Columbia Ministry of Education.

Outlines characteristics of ASD, possible causes, prevalence, diagnoses and treatment. From The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Perspective from those with ASD
ABA Videos
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