The University of
Screening Description for Identification of Infants and Toddlers Birth to Three
Years, At Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders, click
here for the description
SUMMARY OF AUTISM DEFINITIONS AND CRITERIA
"Autism" means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. Autism does not apply if a child's education performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has a serious emotional disturbance, as defined in subrule 41.50(2). A child who manifests the characteristics of autism after the age of three could be identified as having auitsm if the crieria in the first sentence of this subrule are satisfied. This term includes all conditions described by the term "autism spectrum disorder," which adversely affects a child's educational performance.
Proposed State of Iowa Educational Definition:
"Autism" is a lifelong developmental disability which typically appears in early childhood. Students with autism may exhibit varying degrees of atypical behavior that significantly interferes with the learning process in the following areas:
(1.) Communication: The student displays problems extending into many aspects of the communication process. Language, if present, may lack usual communicative function, content, or structure. Characteristics may involve both deviance and delay in both receptive and expressive language.
The diagnosis of autism does not dictate a specific placement. Autism may occur by itself or in association with other disabilities. Educational placement decisions must be based on the assessed strengths and weaknesses of the student and educational needs rather than on reactions to the label of autism. Students with autism may be served in a variety of educational settings.