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Diagnosis and Early Intervention

produced April 2005

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Program Information | Characteristics of Autism | Screening Questions | Effective Intervention | Resources

Autism Resources

Kentucky Resources

  • First Steps is Kentucky’s Early Intervention System serving children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental delay or a specific medical condition that is known to cause a developmental delay. First Steps services are provided statewide and coordinated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  • Autism Support Groups in Kentucky (PDF format)

  • The STAR (Systematic Treatment of Autism and Related disorders) web site has information about clinical services and other programs at the University of Louisville, research and advocacy efforts on behalf of children with autism, and helpful resources for parents and caregivers.

  • The Kentucky Autism Training Center offers a resource library, presentations and workshops, an annual conference, a listserv, and other services for parents and professionals.


  • Kluth, Paula. You’re Going To Love This Kid! Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom. Brookes Publishing Company, 2003. ISBN 1557666148.
    A guide to understanding students with autism and including them fully in the classroom. Includes specific ideas for enhancing literacy; planning challenging, multidimensional lessons; supporting student behavior; connecting, communicating, and collaborating; fostering friendships; and adapting the physical environment.

  • Mayerson, Gary. How To Compromise with Your School District Without Compromising Your Child: A Field Guide for Getting Effective Services for Children with Special Needs. Drl Books Inc., 2004. ISBN 0966526686.
    Information for parents on the ways educational bureaucracies work—or, more importantly, don’t work—for children with special needs. In addition to providing inside information on the “must-do’s” and “must-not’s” in advocating for your child in the educational system, it includes advice on how to prepare for an IEP meeting, what to do when children don’t get crucial services, and how to avoid due process.


  • Collins, Abby Ward and Collins, Sibley. Autism, Now What? A Primer for Parents. Stratham, NH. Phat Art 4, 2002. ISBN 0-9706581-6-8. Toll-free order line: (866) 742-8278.

  • Strock, Margaret. Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders). National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD, 2004. NIH Publication No. NIH-04-5511. [available online]

Professional Articles

  • Hurth, Joicey; Shaw, Evelyn; Izeman, Susan; Whaley, Kathy; and Rogers, Sally. “Areas of Agreement About Effective Practices Among Programs Serving Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Infants and Young Children (1999), pp. 17-26. Aspen Publishers, Inc. ERIC: EJ599217. Available from the National Early Childhood Technical Education Center (reprint), $3.00.

  • Kunce, Linda. “The Ideal Classroom.” Prior, Margot. Learning and Behavior Problems in Asberger Syndrome. New York, NY: Guilford Press, 2003.

  • Kunce, Linda and Mesibov, Gary B. “Educational Approaches to High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome.” Schopler, Eric and Mesibov, Gary. Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism? New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1998.


  • On the Spectrum: Children and Autism. First Signs, 2001.

  • Autism, My Own: Walter L. McFolley Jr. Kentucky Autism Training Center,
    In his own words, Walter McFolley Jr. talks about moving from school to work, his family, the future, and his own autism. Walter’s mother, Pam, describes the challenges that parents of individuals with autism face in education, health, work, and society.

  • Something To Contribute. Kentucky Autism Training Center,
    Five people who have autism have a candid conversation about living with the disorder.

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