1 in 59 Children Diagnosed

Preschooler playing with blocks

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of complex neurological developmental disabilities that are characterized by problems with communication, social interaction, and patterns of interest and behavior. Symptoms of autism may range from mild to severe. ASDs affect all social classes, races, and ethnic groups. Autism spectrum disorders affect about 1 in 59 children. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is almost five times more common among boys at a rate 26.6 in 1,000, than among girls, where the rate is 6.6 in 1,000. The PaTTAN Autism Initiative is committed to helping educators and parents better meet the educational needs of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.

  • Jun21

    PaTTAN Autism Initiative, West Chester Elementary School and the Czech Republic

    This past March, Exton Elementary Autistic Support teacher Nicole Verbos and her staff hosted an Applied Behavioral Analyst from the Czech Republic. Dita Chapman was in the United States visiting autistic support classrooms in Pennsylvania that operate under the guidance of the PaTTAN Autism Initiative. The initiative is overseen by the State Department of Education and is designed to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education.

  • Aug16

    How an Effective Classroom Schedule Can Help Your Classroom Run like Clockwork

    In order for effective instruction to take place, classrooms must be well organized to maximize efficiency. One very important aspect of classroom organization is the Classroom Schedule. A classroom schedule should incorporate the most active student engagement/instructional time; which is one of the factors directly correlated with student achievement and reduction in problem behavior.

  • Mar09

    What should I teach? An Introduction to Target Selection

    This blog is an introduction to target selection. Selecting instructional targets for students involves careful consideration of several variables. One of the most important factors to consider is what is currently relevant to the student and how it fits into a skill sequence approach to teaching.

  • Sep24

    An Introduction to Reinforcement

    This blog is an introduction to reinforcement. The concept of positive and negative reinforcement is commonly misunderstood. Reinforcement is consequence that increases the future probability of the behavior occurring. This blog was written to inform educators, parents, advocates and individuals in the Autism community.

  • Mar30

    DiPiazza to close NAC 2015!

    Young Musician, Jodi DiPiazza, will return to the stage, Thursday, August 6, 2015 to close the 19th Annual National Autism Conference in State College, PA.

  • Mar02

    On Pairing

    Establishing cooperative learners results from effective use of managing instructional contingencies. This blog discusses issues related to pairing instruction with improving conditions so that students will with autism want to cooperate and learn.”

  • Apr01

    2014 National Autism Conference

    The Annual National Autism Conference will be held in State College, PA again this year from August 4-7, 2014. The conference will offer various presentations for all spectrums of Autism.

  • Apr03

    Summary of ABA Outcomes

    This article reviews recent summary outcomes from PATTAN’s Autism Initiative ABA Supports.

  • Sep19

    The value of checking

    One reason many effective interventions fail is due to the intervention not being implemented the way it was designed or being implemented inconsistently across staff. This blog highlights the importance of treatment integrity in relation to errorless teaching procedures.

  • Jun13

    Social Skills and Making Requests

    The importance of learning to enjoy interacting with others often starts with teaching requesting behavior. Look for ideas here on the importance of mand training, some ideas regarding teaching polite asking, and how to help children learn to accept being told that they can’t have something they want.