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What is Autism?

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
    With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.  (Autism Speaks, July 5, 2015)
    In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.  (Autism Society of America, July 5, 2015).

ESC Region 11 Autism Services

  • ESC Region 11 provides support and professional development to serve families and professionals working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a variety of school settings. Staff development and technical assistance are available to support districts and families in achieving student success.
    Trainings are designed to address the full range of student, district and parent needs which include, but are not limited to: communication strategies, analyzing behavior, academic skills, social understanding, parent and family needs, assessment and instructional strategies.
    michael tucker
    Consultant - Autism
    Instructional Support
    (817) 740-7586