October 19, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Web-based ASD Video Glossary
      Source: Autism Speaks - October 16, 2006
  2. New Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics
      Source: National Guideline Clearinghouse - October 8, 2007
  3. Virtual Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development
      Source: Canada's Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development - October 15, 2007
  4. A National Portrait of Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - October 17, 2007

1. Web-based ASD Video Glossary

Source: Autism Speaks - October 16, 2006

Autism Speaks, in collaboration with First Signs and Florida State University's FIRST WORDS Project, has developed a Web-based ASD Video Glossary to help parents of children suspected of or recently diagnosed with autism understand the words and terms used in association with ASD. It contains hundreds of video clips contrasting behaviors that are red flags for ASD with behaviors that are typical. It is also meant for professionals who do not have experience in diagnosing young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It can be viewed online at http://www.autismspeaks.org/video/glossary.php?.

[Note: To ensure that your computer will support viewing of the video clips, follow the instructions at http://www.autismspeaks.org/video/system_check.php]

2. New Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Source: National Guideline Clearinghouse - October 8, 2007

On October 8, 2007, the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGA) announced the following new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The NGC is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. It is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

3. Virtual Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development

Source: Canada's Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development - October 15, 2007

Canada's Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development recently launched a virtual Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development that provides current scientific knowledge on 33 topics related to the psychosocial development of the child, from conception to the age of five. It is available online at http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/en-ca/home.html

4. A National Portrait of Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - October 17, 2007

The National Center for Children in Poverty has released a new brief entitled A National Portrait of Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades by Mariajosť Romero and Young-Sun Lee. The report looks at the causes and consequences of chronic absenteeism during the early school years and finds that there is a significant level of absenteeism in the first few years of school, which can lead to negative consequences for children's school success. It is available at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_771.html