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Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder

This manual provides an overview of the world of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It was developed by Ohio parents of individuals with ASD who have a broad range of experience with interventions, resources, and services. The group's work began with the question: What do you wish you had known the first year your child was diagnosed? The manual covers a wide range of topics of interest to families, and each chapter contains rich reference materials, including books, websites, and names of organizations where additional information on each topic may be obtained.

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Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Introduction

Introduction

Follow this 4-step process if you suspect your child may have autism.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Understand autism spectrum disorder and its underlying characteristics associated with it.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Screening and Diagnosis

Screening and Diagnosis

Gain information on the screening, evaluation and diagnostic assessment process. Also, learn about conditions that may co-exist with ASD.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Living with ASD

Living with ASD

Obtain information on living with autism with a focus on the family unit and how to address common family issues, including difficult moments.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Interventions

Interventions

Learn about the many interventions that support individuals with ASD.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Accessing Educational Services

Accessing Educational Services

Review information about special education, including assessment, qualifying for special education services, parent rights, and the components of the IEP.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Social Service Programs

Social Service Programs

Learn about Ohio's social service programs that provide services and supports to eligible individuals with ASD and their families.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Advocacy and Disability Awareness

Advocacy and Disability Awareness

Gain knowledge about advocacy and the importance of seeking support.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Future Planning

Future Planning

Discover ideas about transitioning to adulthood and future planning, including guardianship, estate planning, and trust funds.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Find the definition of autism spectrum disorder according to the DSM V.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Useful Forms

Useful Forms

Find helpful forms, along with a newsletter devoted to the topic of Home-School Communication. Forms can be printed for personal use.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Navigating the Rough Waters

Navigating the Rough Waters

Learn about what you can do when you disagree with the school district's decisions regarding your child's educational program.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Letter to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation

Letter to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation

View an example of the letter parents can write to request a Multi-Factored Evaluation to support a comprehensive review of your child's educational program.
Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Process for Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services

Process for Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services

Review a chart illustrating the process for determining eligibility for special education services.