The AAP offers resources, tools, and trainings to assist pediatric clinicians – including primary care pediatricians and subspecialists - in the care for children and youth with ASD and their families. Resources include free PediaLink educational modules, ASD resource toolkit, quality improvement EQIPP course, resources from the Screening Technical Assistance and Resource Center (STAR), and comprehensive and supporting literature and research focused on ASD.
Developmental Surveillance and Screening Patient Care
Given the prevalence of developmental delays and disabilities, all pediatric primary care clinicians should be prepared to screen, identify, and care for children and youth with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
Identifying and Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Course for Pediatric Clinicians
Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee, this self-paced online PediaLink course educates pediatric clinicians about evidence-based practices in caring for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The course consists of 7 units, each grounded in recommendations from the AAP clinical report, “Identification, Evaluation and Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Learners may complete all units or select specific units they would like to complete based on their needs, capacity, and professional interests. Units within the course are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 points.
Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 3rd Edition
Completely updated and revised, this toolkit provides practical guidance and fillable forms to facilitate optimal care for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder in the medical home. The toolkit was edited by members of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee.
Screening Technical Assistance & Resource Center
The goal of the Screening in Practices Initiative is to improve the health, wellness, and development of children through practice and system-based interventions to increase rates of early childhood screening, referral and follow up. The center includes information about screening, referral, and follow up for developmental disabilities such as ASD.
Pediatric Collection: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee in collaboration with the Academy's Pediatrics team, this comprehensive collection of literature summarizes progress in awareness and research about autism spectrum disorder over the last 15 years. The collection includes peer-reviewed studies and expert recommendations on the following topics: Prevalence; Surveillance, screening, and diagnosis; Disparities; Management of co-occurring conditions; Interventions; Family partnerships; Inclusion and neurodiversity; and Anticipatory guidance. This collection is grounded in the recently co-authored COCWD and SODBP clinical report, "Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder" and includes introductions written by members of the COCWD Autism Subcommittee.
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