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Tool Kit for Caregivers & First Responders

This tool kit from the National Autism Association is designed to help first responders understand autism and become better equiped to respond in an emergency situation involving an individual on the spectrum.

The kit contains the following resources:

Autism Overview/Autism Behaviors
Autism and Wandering Information
First Responder Checklist
First Responder Tips
First Responder Notification Form
Guidelines for Missing Persons with Special Needs (NCMEC)

You can download the kit here

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Wandering Prevention and Resources

Autism Speaks has many resources for parents and first responders to prevent wandering.  Go here to get links to many resources available.

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Survey of Regional Center of OC Services & Case Managers

   Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. All responses will be strictly confidential.  The Orange County Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities is inviting family members and consumers to participate in an anonymous survey about personal experiences with the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) system, services offered, and the quality of case management (service coordination) provided. We are seeking the involvement of everyone who receives services from, and communicates with, the service coordinators at RCOC.

We hope to get as many responses as possible, as this will help us in obtaining statistical data for the purpose of addressing any concerns within the RCOC system. The quality of services and case management you receive from RCOC should be consistent with the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, which states:
“regional centers assist persons with developmental disabilities and their families in securing those services and supports which maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community” (WIC 4640.7(a)).

We appreciate all feedback and thank you for your time and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (714)558-4404.  Please return the completed survey by September 26, 2015.

Use this link to complete the survey online. or completed surveys can be sent by:
Fax - (714) 558-4704
Email -
Postal Mail - State Council on Developmental Disabilities – 2000 East Fourth Street, Suite 115, Santa Ana, California 92705

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Back To School Resources

The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially families of individuals with autism. The daily routine established over the last 2 to 3 months is changing, and the time has come to go from camp back to the classroom.

To help ease the stress and smooth the transition for you and your family, Autism Speaks has provided an array of tips and resources for everyone involved in the process, including students, parents, teachers and peers.  Go here  for some good advice.

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Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F; Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The M-CHAT-R/F is an autism screening tool designed to identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thorough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism-specific screening at 18 and 24 months of age, in addition to broad developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24 months. The M-CHAT-R/F, one of the AAP recommended tools, can be administered at these well-child visits.

If you and your physician agree that further screening is needed, you can request a free developmental assessment through your State Department of Health. We provide the contact information for your state's local Early Intervention coordinator on your child's M-CHAT-R/F report.

Early Intervention sites offer further evaluations of your child free-of-charge. These developmental assessments often vary from county to county and may involve a physical exam, a cognitive exam, a hearing assessment, and a speech assessment. In addition to these important components of a thorough evaluation, you may also consider genetic testing and/or specialized assessments provided by a medical geneticist, a clinical psychologist, a developmental pediatrician, a pediatric psychiatrist, or a pediatric neurologist.

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