Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What it is

A formal exceptionality, identified by an Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC), in the category of Communication and a diagnosed condition.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or Autism is a diagnosis characterized by deficits in social communication and restricted, repetitive behaviours/interests, that are present since a young age and persistent. In the past, subtypes of ASD like Asperger’s and Autistic Disorder were considered separate diagnoses, but the 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-v) removed these subtypes. Now a severity level is included with an ASD diagnosis (Level 1: Requiring support, Level 2: Requiring substantial support and Level 3: Requiring very substantial support). ASD is caused by combinations of genetic and environmental factors.

Ontario Ministry of Education Resources
Strategies for Teaching
• Autism 101

Series of articles and brief videos from the British Columbia Outreach Program, with segments on various aspects of Asperger Syndrome and teaching students with Asperger Syndrome.

Activities, games, and information.

Paula Kluth is a respected expert in the field of autism. This link is to her home page, with various articles and resources.

Document from British Columbia Ministry of Education.

Perspective from those with ASD
ABA Videos
For Purchase

Teaching Visual-Motor Skills through Visually Structured Art Activities

Student Needs IPRC Exceptionalites Diagnosed Conditions