Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 6, Lesson 5
Role of the ITDS
Neither the ITDS, nor the Early Steps team, make a diagnosis of autism or the differential diagnoses of the PDD Spectrum.
Given the statement above, name at least two ways the ITDS can contribute to the team.
Consider what you would look for as early signs of behavioral disturbance in young children with a suspected diagnosis of autism. What should the ITDS be looking for (monitoring) when working with children with this diagnosis?
The two resources listed below are required reading and are located in the Resource Bank. This material will be valuable for completing activities #4 and 5 later in this lesson.
For a comprehensive listing of other resource materials for infants and toddlers recommended by experts in the field of early childhood care and education, the ITDS may want to check out material that can be ordered through Zero to Three Publications.
Resources the ITDS can access for planning intervention strategies can be found on several websites. Information on autism and related disorders, applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support, including suggestions for intervention, can be found at the following:
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