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We are pleased to bring you articles, guest columns, and book reviews on a variety of topics related to autism and other developmental disorders. We hope that readers find these columns to be a source of knowledge, inspiration, comfort, and strength.

Guest Columns


The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on The Pediatrician’s Role in the Diagnosis and Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Children

Autism: A Medical Primer, Christopher D. Prater, MD, and Robert G. Zylstra, Ed.D. LCSW, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, Tennessee, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy Physician, November 1, 2002

Autism Spectrum Disorders:  Best Practice Clinical Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment (PDF), California Department of Developmental Services, 2002

The National Academy Press, Educating Children with Autism (2001) by the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (300 page on-line report)

Practice Parameter: Screening and Diagnosis of Autism, American Academy of Neurology (PDF File)

Screening and surveillance for autism and pervasive developmental disorders, G Baird, T Charman, A Cox, S Baron-Cohen, J Swettenham, S Wheelwright, A Drew, Archives of Disease in Childhood June 2001; Volume 84, pages 468-475

A Different Kind of Test, Dunkle & Vismara, Education Week, 2003

Developmental delay vs. developmental disorder in young children: Understanding the difference, by Kim McConnell, M.D., Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, A Pediatric Perspective, January 1999 Volume 8 Number 1

Early Identification of Developmental Delay and Disability, Developmental Disabilities Digest, California Department of Developmental Services

Early Signs of Impaired Motor Development in Infants and Toddlers, by Shani Norberg, M.D., Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, A Pediatric Perspective, July/August 2001, Volume 10, Number 5 (PDF file)

Developmental-Pediatrics Online Community, Developmental and Behavioral Screening, by Frances Page Glascoe, Ph.D. and Henry L. Shapiro, M.D.

Developmental Screening of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
by Jeffrey K. Okamoto, MD, Case Based Pediatrics For Medical Students and Residents, Department of Pediatrics, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Developmental Surveillance: Early identification of motor delays improves outcomes, by Raymond C. Tervo, M.D., Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, A Pediatric Perspective, January 1999, Volume 8, Number 1

Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delay Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders, by Raymond C. Tervo, M.D., Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, A Pediatric Perspective, July 2003, Volume 12, Number 3 (PDF file)

Screening for Developmental and Behavioral Disabilities Is Cost-Effective When Parents Fill Out Standardized Forms, University of Michigan, Department of Pediatrics, Evidence-based Pediatrics Web Site

Self-Determination Articles by John O’Brien and Connie Lyle-O’Brien “Sign Language-Enhancing Language Development in Infants and Toddlers”

Sensory Integrative Dysfunction in Young Children by Linda C. Stephens, MS, OTR/L

Reflections on Friendship, an essay by David & Faye Wetherow

“Social Skill Development and Training for Children and Adolescents: Theoretical and Practical Guidelines” by Dr. Richard Dana Article Index

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Guest Columns

After the Diagnosis: Ten Things Parents Need to do When Facing Autistic Spectrum Disorders by Mitzi Waltz

After the Diagnosis: Moving Forward with Confidence by Mitzi Waltz

Hitting the Books: Finding Reliable Information About Autism and Developmental Disorders by Mitzi Waltz

Putting Together Your Child’s Treatment Team by Mitzi Waltz

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