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From Diagnosis to Adult Services: 10 Autism Speaks Tool Kits

Since 2007 with the launch of the 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families, Autism Speaks has developed more than 40 tool kits for individuals with autism, parents and professionals on a wide array of topics from challenging behaviors and feeding issues to transition to adulthood and employment. Find a list of all tool kits here!

Below is a list of Autism Speaks' top 10 most downloaded tool kits:

1.100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families

The 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families was created specifically for families of children recently diagnosed with autism to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism. The kit is available for both young children (ages 4 and under) and school age children (ages 5-13). It is available in Spanish and several other languages.

2. Individualized Education Program: Summary, Process and Practical Tips

After months of research, a team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process so they are able to get the best services possible for their child in school. The guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. 

3. School Community Tool Kit

The School Community Tool Kit is designed to assist members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism. It provides helpful information about students with autism and tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase learning for all members of the school community.

4. Family Support Tool Kits

In an effort to provide encouragement to all people with individuals with autism in their lives, Autism Speaks created 4 support tool kits, each designed specifically for parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.

5. Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder

This resource, from the AS-ATN/AIR-P partnership, provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them. The pamphlet provides practical examples of how to begin integrating visual supports into a child’s daily routines, as well as actual visual supports for parents to print, cut out and use.

6. Transition Tool Kit

The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Sections include Self-Advocacy, Employment, Postsecondary Opportunities, Internet Safety, Planning for Adulthood and more.

7. Parent's Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis

This tool kit, from the AS-ATN/AIR-P partnership, is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services.

8. Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit

This kit provides parents and caregiver with strategies and resources to address challenging behaviors to help support them and their loved ones with autism during these difficult situations. The guiding principle used in developing this kit is that each individual with autism and his family should feel safe and supported.

9. Sleep Tool Kits

Many children with ASD have difficulty with sleep. These resources, from the AS-ATN/AIR-P partnership, provide information to help individuals with autism improve their sleep habits. Resources include: Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with Autism: A Parent's Guide, Sleep Tool Kit Quick Tips, and Sleep Strategies for Teens with Autism.

10. Employment Tool Kit

The Employment Tool Kit was developed to help young adults and adults with autism research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.

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