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Transcript of Autism

Toddlers & Preschool
2-4 years old

Did you know?
Assessment Strategies
Protective Factors
So why do Social workers care?
Autism now affects 1 in 68 children

1 in 42 boys (5x more likely)

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental
disability in the U.S.

Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average

There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Annotated community resource inventory

Risk Factors
Evidence-based Intervention
1. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
2. DIR Floortime Model
3. Additional services- occupational & speech therapy
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA); Discrete Trial Training

Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based Model (DIR/Floortime)

Ages 2-12
Time Requirement: 35-40 hours per week
Purpose is to replace unwanted negative behavior with more acceptable behavior through positive reinforcement and repetitive trials (play therapy)

Adaptive skills, cognitive skills, compliance skills, language skills, IQ, & Social functioning

Ages 2-5
Time Requirement: 14-35 hours per week

Involves clinicians, parents, and educators
Creating bond between parent and child and fostering social and emotional development
Strengths and limitations

Social functioning, emotional functioning, information gathering



Age of parent

2%-–18% chance of a second child

Premature infants

Drugs, environmental chemicals, infectious agents, dietary
factors, and other physical/psychological stressors


Marital Stress

Courtesy Stigma: Termed by Goffman, family members who experience stigma due to affiliation with the stigmatized individual
Perceived: Mothers usually feel more stigma than fathers as they take on the role of the caretaker
- Competence of the parent
- Discrepancy between appearance and behavior
- Isolation

Dependent on Age of the Autistic Child

North Los Angeles Regional Center
Boone Fetter Clinic (Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles)
Easter Seals Disability Services
Beautiful Mind Center for Autism Inc.
Autism Now- List of Agencies in California
CSUN Autism clinic (Institute for Community Health and Well being)
Care Autism
Trumpet Behavioral Health San Fernando Valley
Sunrise School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Los Angeles Familes for Effective Autism Treatment
Autism Society of Los Angeles
The Help Group
The Lovaas Institute (West)
Vista Center for Behavioral Analysis
Autism Education Site (List of schools in CA)


Autism is reported to exist in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups

Autism in immigrant population: Language barriers

Cost of intervention services and diagnosis

Power & Privilege :
: Individuals with Disability Act of 1997; cultivating tolerance among society

Early signs in babies and toddlers

CHAT (Checklist for Autism in Toddlers)

6 months: No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions.
9 months: No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial
12 months: Lack of response to name,
No babbling or “baby talk,”
No back-and-forth gestures (pointing, showing, reaching, or
16 months: No spoken words.
24 months: No meaningful two-word phrases that don’t involve
imitating or repeating ("carry me," "me go").

Warrant Immediate evaluation by pediatrician
Community Resources
Pre-natal care
Familial Strengths
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So... What's the problem?
* Autism is increasing in prevalence

* Autism can affect family functioning and cohesiveness depending on
the severity of the spectrum

* Stigmatization from society onto child & family
What is Autism?
A complex disorder in brain development (neurodevelopment) that cause social impairment, difficulties communicating & expressing/identifying emotions

Displayed through repetitive behaviors and tantrums

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Asperger syndrome
* Advocate
- Provide resources and help navigate system
- Victimization- 10x more often
* Social Skills
- Social workers have moved to the forefront of social skills training
- Adoption of social-cognition program (Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP)
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