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Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities Resources

A developmental delay is when a child does not reach developmental milestones as other children the same age. Click here for more information.

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ~cited by Autism Speaks Click here for more information.

Dealing with the Diagnosis

Find resources to help you and love ones to understand and cope with the diagnosis of autism specturm disorder or other developmental disabilities. Click here for more information.

Steps to Services

Resources on how to navigate services to get the help your child needs Click here for more information.

Search for Autism Resources

Search for agencies and programs in your county using Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Database. A few relevant search keywords may include:

  • Autism Resources
  • Behavior Services
  • Developmental/Educational/Psychological Testing
  • Early Intervention Program for Young Children
  • Respite Care Services

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) at Vanderbilt

CSESA is a five year project that brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with high schools, families, adolescents with ASD, and community members. Locally, researchers at Vanderbilt are collaborating with Tennessee high schools to develop, implement, and evaluate social-focused interventions to promote social success and foster connections with peers and others.

CSESA Resources

  • For more information about CSESA at Vanderbilt, click here .
  • CSESA at Vanderbilt Community Resources Manual (Nashville), Last Revised: May 2013, click here

Need help? Contact Tennessee Disability Pathfinder

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