• Autism

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurologically based developmental disability that affects about 1 in 88 children.  It affects more boys than girls and appears in all social classes, racial and ethnic groups.
    Individuals with ASD tend to have social communication deficits, such as responding inappropriately in conversations, misreading nonverbal interactions, and/or having difficulty building friendships appropriate to their age.  In addition, individuals with ASD may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, and/or intensely focused on items, people, or activities.  These "symptoms" vary in severity depending on the individual.  Each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is unique with his or her own set of strengths and abilities.
    ARIN's TaC team  can assist school districts and their personnel with their needs when planning and implementing strategies to appropriately support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  We offer:
    • individual and IEP team consultation
    • modeling, guided practice and/or coaching of effective strategies to support students with ASD
    • instruction and interventions to meet student needs
    • workshops and trainings (on-site and/or at the ARIN office) on topics related to ASD
     In addition, ARIN operates an Autism Lending Library.   For more information and/or assistance exploring resources in the library, please use the contact information below.
    ARIN's Autism Contact:
    Jan Foister, M.Ed., BCBA 
    ARIN IU 28 TaC Team Autism Consultant
    724-463-5300 x1106 
    Useful Links:
    http://www.pattan.net (select Autism under the Educational Initiatives tab)
    http://paautism.org (a website for Pennsylvanians with autism, their families, communities, and the providers who support them)

    Monday July 31-August 3, 2017 
    Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA
    This conference provides comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist all educational team members, other professionals, and families in developing effective educational programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders.
    A limited number of conference scholarships will be available for parents of school-aged children with autism and undergraduate and graduate students completing their program of study in 2016 in a related field.
    A Children’s Institute will operate concurrent to the conference for a limited number of children, ages infant-21, with autism and their siblings.
    Information and registration can be found at:  http://autism.outreach.psu.edu/