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Meet the needs of your patients with autism and their families with tested tools and the latest resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics! 

AAP Policy Documents on Autism

Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pediatrics, November 2007, Reaffirmed 2010; 2014 (Clinical Report) (Under Revision)
Chris Plauché Johnson, MD, MEd, Scott M. Myers, MD and the COCWD

Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pediatrics, November 2007, Reaffirmed 2010; 2014 (Clinical Report) (Under Revision)
Scott M. Myers, MD, Chris Plauché Johnson, MD, MEd and the COCWD

Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening
Pediatrics, July 2006, Reaffirmed 2009; 2014 (Policy Statement) (Under Revision)
COCWD, Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Bright Futures Steering Committee, and Medical Home Initiatives for Children With Special Needs Project Advisory Committee

Autism Resources for Professionals, Patients, and Families

Autism Articles for Families
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

36-page booklet that provides answers to questions parents have about autism including: symptoms, diagnosis, treatment strategies, and transitioning to adulthood. This best-selling resource helps identify symptoms so that an intervention program can be started as soon as possible. New DSM-5 classifications are included.

Autism: Caring for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 2nd Edition

This comprehensive toolkit, available as a Digital Download or a CD-Rom provides clinical guidance on autism, interactive algorithms, expert ASD screening, surveillance, diagnosis and treatment tools, tracking aids, coding tips, and much more. Also included are dozens of ready-to-print clinical fact sheets and family handouts on popular autism topics, in both English and Spanish. 

Access the clinician fact sheet "Initial Medical Evaluation of a Child Diagnosed With an Autism Spectrum Disorder" and the family handout, "Nutrition and Eating"—with our compliments!

Sound Advice on Autism

Parents who receive a diagnosis of autism in their child face a daunting set of questions. To answer parents' questions about autism spectrum disorders, Sound Advice on Autism is a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers, and parents of children with autism who answer frequently asked questions. 

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs To Know

This award-winning book is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an ASD. Prepared under the editorial direction of 2 pediatricians who are autism experts—one of whom is also the parent of a son with autism—this book helps parents understand how ASD is defined and diagnosed and provides information on the most current types of behavioral and developmental therapies. It also helps parents understand what they can do to help promote a smooth transition from adolescence through the teen years and into adulthood.

Read the first 3 chapters of the book--with our compliments!

Is Your Toddler Communicating With You?

This brochure encourages parents to share any concerns they have about their baby's language development with their pediatrician as early as possible. It also provides early language and social milestones in a checklist format. 

AAP Autism Subcommittee

The Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD) Autism Subcommittee (ASC) serves as the main point of contact for the Academy on ASD issues. The ASC is dedicated to helping the Academy ensure that accurate, comprehensive information about ASD is available and communicated to pediatricians, parents, and the public.