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
(a website for Pennsylvanians with autism, their families, communities, and the providers who support them)