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Autism - A Brief Overview

Autism - A Brief Overview

Author: carolyn fruin

This lesson gives a brief look at Autism in general and includes a variety of resources to learn more. There is a small focus on Asperger's Syndrome as students who have been diagnosed with this are usually mainstreamed in American classrooms. By viewing this tutorial you should have a better idea of what causes autism.

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TEDTalks: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)

"In this factual talk, geneticist Wendy Chung shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder — for example, that autism has multiple, perhaps interlocking, causes. Looking beyond the worry and concern that can surround a diagnosis, Chung and her team look at what we’ve learned through studies, treatments and careful listening."

Learning About Autism

Today, it is believed that 1 in every 88 children are affected by Autism with males being affected at a rate of 4 to 1 compared to females. As teachers and community members, it is important that we can spot the symptoms and work with autistic children effectively in our classrooms. Below are some resources that are available for free from Autism Speaks.

What is Autism?

Autism Speaks Official Blog

Extensive List of Autism Apps

Films Available on Netflix

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

The following is a brief overview of Asperger's Syndrome - what is it and how can it be identified. There is a full toolkit sponsored by Autism Speaks that is available by clicking on the source link below.