What is the Toolkit?

Within this toolkit you will find a variety of documents to help you provide the best possible care for your patients with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. The first four sections of the toolkit are set up similarly:

  • Each section contains checklists to ensure you are addressing important issues with your patients
  • You’ll find information you can read to learn more about the topic of focus for that section
  • In most sections, you will also find information about things you can do support your patient’s and their families during your clinic visits
  • Towards the end of each section you may find brochures and flyers from a variety of community organizations
  • You will also find a list of places to go for more information, including references and websites that may be of interest
  • Finally, each section ends with a notes page where you can write additional tips or resources as you learn them

The final section of the toolkit is organized differently from the first four. It begins with a checklist to help you decide which materials may be of most use to your patients. The rest of the section is filled with handouts and resources you can photocopy and share with your patients and their families.

The development of this project was facilitated by Grant Number E!!/CCU524062-01 from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and other charitable organizations. The ongoing efforts of the project are primarily and currently supported through a grant from the Center for Exceptional Learners, Indiana Department of Education under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (P.L. 108-446). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of our sponsors.

How do I get the Toolkit?

Download the Toolkit now (files are below)

Please Note

In citing this publication, please use the following reference (in AMA format below):

HANDS in Autism. Toolkit for Medical Professionals: Tips and Supports for Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Indianapolis, IN: Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center, Riley Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Indiana University School of Medicine - Department of Psychiatry; 2008.

Medical professionals within the state of Indiana who have questions regarding the creation or appropriate use of visual supports are encouraged to contact us at hands@iupui.edu for support.