Autism Resources


Online Video To Help Physicians, Parents Recognize Early Signs Of Autism Released To Maryland Pediatricians

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced today that a first-of-its-kind, free online video tutorial on early autism recognition will be distributed to member pediatricians throughout the state.


Understanding the DSM-5 Changes to the Diagnosis of Autism

 The 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will be published in May 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). There has been considerable concern from the autism community about the changes in the diagnosis of autism and related disorders, and the implications of those proposed changes. This article presents a very brief overview of the fundamental changes.


Finding BCBAs for Home Programming

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board website provides information about Board Certified Behavior Analysts and how to find them in your community. Click here:

If your child with autism or a related disorder is in preschool or kindergarten in Howard County, and receiving special education services from the HCPSS Office of Early Intervention, you may be eligible to receive supplemental funding for an established in-home ABA/VBA program. Read more about the Collabortive Funding Arrangement.  Therapists must meet established criteria set by the Office of Early Intervention. A list of providers can be found here. For more information, please contact autism specialist Shannon Barrett at


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied behavior analysis (ABA), previously known as behavior modification, is a type of behavior analysis based on the traditional theory of behaviorism to modify human behaviors as part of a learning or treatment process.  For families managing their own ABA or VB programs, following is a useful resource for purchasing materials to aid your program, including timers, flashcards, and books.


Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a multifaceted, interdisciplinary program serving children, families, and professionals in the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) community. CARD combines research, clinical service, a therapeutic day program, and training programs to unlock the potential of children


Inclusive Happenings

Welcome to Inclusive Happenings, a blog from the Office of Special Education for Howard County Public Schools. The Office of Special Education hopes to share stories of inclusive opportunities in its schools as well as inspire community interaction through the sharing of resources, news, and discussion topics related to rigorous academic instruction for all learners.

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