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KATC Releases Comprehensive Guide for Families

February 20, 2009 in College News

The Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC) released in February the Kentucky Family Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders. The guide is available on the KATC website and sections of it can easily be downloaded for individual needs.

The comprehensive guide was developed by parents and individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to specifically answer the question, “When your child was first diagnosed, what information did you need the most?”

Rebecca Grau, acting director of KATC, has worked on the project since its beginning and feels this is a huge milestone for families, educators and individuals with autism in this state. “It can be very overwhelming for family members who aren’t sure where to go, or how to begin learning about autism. The guide is the first in our state that combines information from multiple sources specifically for families living with autism.”

Some of the information covered in the guide includes: autism spectrum disorders, diagnosis, and screening; living with ASD, review of therapies and strategies; navigating through the school system; talking with your child about the diagnosis and future planning.

The Family Guide may be downloaded and printed in its entirety or in sections. All of the materials in the Amanda L. King Resource Center have been categorized to reflect each of the chapters in the Family Guide. A complete list of these materials may be found at http://www.louisville.edu/kyautismtraining/resources.