Autism

Autism

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines autism  as a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and social interaction. Other characteristics often associated with autism are: engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements; resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines; and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The characteristics of autism are generally evident before age three, but a child who manifests the characteristics after age three could be identified as having autism if the eligibility criteria are satisfied.

Characteristics of Children with Autism

A student with Autism is one whom has a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three that adversely affects a child's educational performance.

  • Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

  • Autism does not apply if a child's educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has an emotional disturbance.


A Parent's Guide to Autism
National Autism Center
TEA Guide to Autism
SPED TEX Autism Parent Resources

Autism Society
Texana Center for Autism

 

 

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