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The ASERT Resource Center serves as Pennsylvania’s leading source for up-to-date and accurate information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, the community and the professionals who support them. Contact the ASERT resource center to speak with a resource specialist who can help you learn how to discover and access resources in Pennsylvania.

When should I contact the Resource Center?

If you have additional questions about information you found on PAautism.org or would like to invite an outreach specialist to attend an event, conference, or support group, someone at the resource center can assist you.

Be sure to visit the following pages below here on PAautism.org to find helpful information. If you still have additional questions, contact the Resource Center.

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1-877-231-4244

Are you located outside of Pennsylvania?
The ASERT resource center is focused on specific resources in Pennsylvania. If you are in another state, the resources specialists will not be able to help you. Please visit the resources section of PAautism.org, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.

           

Early Childhood Resource Collection

This collection of resources covers different topics related to early childhood including information on developmental milestones, signs of autism and resources for families of young children who were recently diagnosed with autism. 

Children learn, grow, and develop in unique ways. While some children may develop quicker than others, this may not necessarily be an indicator that something wrong. Each child develops at a different pace. Understanding normal child development can help parents be aware of their child’s progress and monitor for any possible delays. Identifying delays early can be essential in early identification and intervention for autism.  

CDC: Learn the Signs. Act Early.

This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information for parents, families, professionals and community members regarding early childhood development. Resources include developmental milestones checklists and tracking forms, tips for parents on what to do if they're concerned about their child's development, training resources for early care and education providers, tools for healthcare and other service providers to support families and child development. 

Autism Speaks Early Childhood Milestone Map

This brochure from Autism Speaks provides a quick guide to typical developmental milestones. 

Being aware of the early indicators of autism is important. The earlier a diagnosis of autism is identified, the quicker treatments can begin. When early indicators of autism are present, it is important for parents to be proactive and know where to go for support. There are several steps parents can take to get their child screened and evaluated. The process of diagnosing autism can be stressful and overwhelming, but being aware of what this includes and how the process will go, can help parents feel more comfortable with the process. In addition, being aware of who can diagnosis autism is important to ensure that an accurate assessment takes place. 

CDC: If You're Concerned

This webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on what to do if you're concerned about your child's development. 

Early Childhood Screening and Diagnosis

This resource provides information on how autism is diagnosed, who can provide a diagnosis, what the diagnostic process includes and what to do if you suspect your child may have autism.  

M-CHAT Flyer

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a two stage parent report questionnaire to assess risk for autism. This flyer provides more information about how to use the M-CHAT. 

Intermediate Units

Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania provide specialized services to groups of local school districts to help make those specialized services more accessible and affordable. Intermediate Units can also provide screenings and assessments. This resource can help you locate the Intermediate Unit in your county. 

County Based Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities, and Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children from birth to age 5 with a disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development. This resource can help you locate the Early Intervention office in your county. 

When a child first gets diagnosed with autism, parents may have a number of questions or concerns. While the process of navigating diagnosis, treatment, and resources may seem overwhelming, knowing the right information can help. There are several recommendations for children newly diagnosed with autism. Being aware of these recommendations and how to go about following them can help parents find the best support for their child. 

Autism Speaks: 100 Day Kit

Autism Speaks created two guides for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.

County Based Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities, and Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children from birth to age 5 with a disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development. This resource can help you locate the Early Intervention office in your county. 

PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62)

In Pennsylvania, your child's autism-related services may be covered by private health insurance, Medical Assistance (MA) or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under Pennsylvania's Autism Insurance Act (ACT 62). ACT 62 is a statewide insurance mandate specific to services provided to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This resource provides guidance to families about Act 62.

Applied Behavior Analysis

This collection of resources includes information on what Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is, who uses it, how to tell if your child is receiving ABA and how it can be used to benefit an individual with autism. 

Early Intervention

This collection of resources provides information about what Early Intervention services include and how to access them in Pennsylvania. 

Intermediate Units

Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania provide specialized services to groups of local school districts to help make those specialized services more accessible and affordable. This resource can help you locate the Intermediate Unit in your county.

Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS)

This resource provides information on what BHRS is, who can provide it, how to access the service and how it can benefit an individual with autism. 

County Assistance Office

Residents of Pennsylvania can seek assistance and a range of services for themselves and their families from professionally trained staff members at county assistance offices. This includes apply for additional health care coverage to help with the cost of autism services and supports. This resource will help you locate the information for the office in your county. 

Getting Medical Assistance (MA) for a Child with a Disability Guide

This guide book from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project gives detailed explanations about the eligibility requirements and process for getting Medical Assistance for a child under 18 who has a disability.

Early Childhood Learning Centers and the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)

This resource provides information for families about their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to receive and access appropriate early childhood services for their child as well as what to do if they feel they have been wrongly denied services. 

Finding and Choosing a Therapist

This resource provides suggestions for find a therapist for a variety of services as well as questions to ask to ensure your child is receiving the best possible services. 

Occupational Therapy for Individuals with Autism

This resource provides information on what occupational therapy is as well as how it can benefit an individual with autism. 

Physical Therapy for Individuals with Autism

This resource provides information on what physical therapy is as well as how it can benefit an individual with autism. 

Speech Language Therapy for Individuals with Autism

This resource provides information on what Speech Language Therapy is as well as how it can benefit an individual with autism

 

Autism Speaks created two guides for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.
Autism Speaks created two guides for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.
Autism Speaks created two guides for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.
Autism Speaks created two guides for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.


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