Resources

SparkThe Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities has been asked by our partners at the University of Washington to help them learn more about ASD and what causes it. For additional information on how your family can help, please visit the SPARK website or call 206-987-7917 for questions and assistance. The Rural Institute receives no fee or royalty for Montana participation. Our sole purpose is to share information and to be part of the solution.

SPARK Snapshot PDF

Identifying Autism in Young Children
A Collection of Recommended Resources from Autism CARES Grantees

Autism and Employment: Special Issues, Special Strategies
By ZOSIA  ZAKS,  M.ED.,  C.R.C.
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Accessible Word document made from PDF

A Guide to Autism Awareness Through Wristbands
A resource explaining Autism including links to other sites with helpful information

Families

Tuck.com – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sleep

Huffington Post – I know what causes autism

Home Advice Guide – Creating the optimal environment with a child with ADHD

Amazing Me-It’s Busy Being 3!  Parents, this book for children ages 2-4 will show you what to look for as your child grows and develops.

iTunes Preview – Amazing Me-It’s Busy Being 3!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Info on Demand – Publications

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents – A nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism.

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping – RetailMeNot.com blog post

Operation Autism for Military Families – A web-based resource specifically designed and created to support military families that have children with autism. It is the shared product of the vision and energy of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and the funding support of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.

Moving with Special Needs Kids – Article on YourStorageFinder.com website.

Accommodation Resources: Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger Syndrome – University of Washington DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center

Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism – Article on the JustGreatLawyers.com website

Autism Parenting Magazine (paid resource) A magazine designed to help parents with Autistic children.

Child Development Center – Their team of Family Support Specialists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Technicians partners with families across western Montana to provide home, community and center-based treatment and support.

Montana Center for ABA PDF brochure

Full Circle Counseling Solutions, LLC – Customized plans for each individual child’s needs. Full Circle accepts a variety of payment sources; HMK (Medicaid), HMK (CHIP), private insurance, and self pay.

Health Insurance and Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services: A Guide for Individuals and Famlies

The Head Start child-focused programs serve children 3 to 5 years of age, and their families with the goal of increasing school readiness of children from low-income families.  http://mtheadstart.org/

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has provided updated information on its various Medicaid waiver programs. Information regarding the Children’s Autism Waiver (CAW) is included toward the bottom of this page. See: http://dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/developmentaldisabilities/DDPmedicaidwaivers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides family-focused information to help families “learn the signs and act early” in promoting their children’s development.

Free CDC Resources
Download free resources for families, healthcare professionals, and early childhood care and education providers.

The Montana Medical Home Portal provides a listing of services, information resources and related information for families, providers and others. It is focused on children with special health care needs.

CDC Video: “Baby Steps: Learn the Signs. Act Early”

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) website at the Centers for Disease Control provides information, materials and connections for families and providers.

Parents Let’s Unite for Kids, Inc. (PLUK) is Montana’s parent training and information center for families who have children receiving special education services. This site contains information resources and notices of training opportunities.

The IDEA Special Education Due Process Complaints/ Hearing Requests guide describes family rights and processes related to filing a complaint regarding education services.

Disability Rights Montana is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for the human, legal and civil rights of Montanans with disabilities.

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism – The Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services, family support grants, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.

ASAN Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for Autistic self-advocates. Also, provide information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.

Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Professionals/Service Providers

Child Development Center – Their team of Family Support Specialists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Technicians partners with families across western Montana to provide home, community and center-based treatment and support.

CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early.
FREE research-based, parent-friendly resources to assist physicians with developmental surveillance from age 2 months to 5 years. View info sheet for more information and available resources for physicians.

Estimated Prevalence of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
The results of the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show an estimated prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was 2.24%, which is a significant increase from the previous 2011-2013 data. The 2014 survey reordered questions and used a new approach to asking about ASD, which likely affected the prevalence estimates. The prevalence estimates reported in this survey are now more similar to the prevalence estimates of ASD from other sources.

Act Early Forum Webinar “Act Early Systems Change to Improve Early Identification of Developmental Disabilities
Learn how Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina are leveraging and aligning their Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassador, Act Early State Systems Grant, and Autism CARES Implementation Grant programs to improve the early identification of developmental disabilities and Autism. Learn how the Act Early State Teams in Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina have accomplished state and community systems change for early identification and coordination of early intervention services for children with ASD and DD through aligning and combining the objectives and activities of these three programs.

The Montana Autism Education Project is supported by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. It is designed as a resource hub for teachers and administrators in Montana. The resource includes recent research briefs and notices of training opportunities for educators.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) website at the Centers for Disease Control provides information, materials and connections for families and providers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides focused information to help early childhood providers meet the needs of children with suspected developmental delays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assists health care providers by providing information related to developmental milestones and developmental screenings.

The Montana Medical Home Portal provides a listing of services, information resources and related information for families, providers and others. It is focused on children with special health care needs.

MSU Billings offers a Master’s degree in Special Education with an advanced study emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Plans include approved course sequences and intensive practicum experiences that are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (www.bacb.com).  Studies lead to Registered Behavior Technician, BCaBA, and BCBA.   http://www.msubillings.edu/grad/Program-ABA.htm

A new report presenting the results of the largest systematic review to date of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is now available online for free. The report, Findings and Conclusions: National Standards Project, Phase 2 (2015), reviews and analyzes interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on research conducted in the field from 2007 to 2012. It identifies 14 “Established Interventions” for children and adolescents that have the most research support, produce beneficial outcomes, and are known to be effective, and one “Established Intervention” for adults on the autism spectrum. This report provides an update to the summary of empirical intervention literature published in the 2009 National Standards Report. Source: National Autism Center – April 2, 2015