The First Words Project offers an online screening tool, The Smart Early Screening for Autism and Communication Disorders (Smart ESAC), based on parent report for children 9 to 30 months of age. Infants and toddlers can be screened for skills that develop before children learn to talk, such as gestures, sounds, and actions with objects used in play.​

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders' 2014 report presents information on evidence-based practices for the treatment of ASD.

Advances in understanding and treating the health conditions that frequently accompany autism.

Dr. Alison Betz gives a brief overview of Applied Behavior Analysis and how its effectiveness has been demonstrated by evidenced-based research. Alison Betz, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Faculty Supervisor at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment and Associate Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of its "Learn the signs. Act early." campaign, have published fact sheets and videos on developmental milestones from birth to five years and information on what steps parents and caregivers can take if they have concerns about their child's development.

What is the difference between language and speech?

Verbal Behavior is a term coined by B.F. Skinner to describe a behavioral approach to the acquisition of language in individuals of typical development. It emphasizes that communication is a behavior that follows the same laws and principles as other forms of behavior. In his book, Verbal Behavior, Skinner introduced and described new terms to refer to language processes from a behavioral perspective.

It's not easy to hear the news that your child has autism, and realize that your life will be utterly different than you had expected it to be. Daily life with a special-needs child presents many unique challenges. How do you come to terms with the fact that your child has autism? How do you cope once you get over the initial shock? We aim to help you by providing regular features on topics ranging from how autism affects your family to day-to-day survival strategies.

Relational Frame Theory 101

Relational frame theory is a modern behavior analytic approach to language which aims to better understand the link between human language and behavior.

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