Resources

The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center lists additional resources as a service only. We are acting as a conduit for information which may be beneficial to parents, families, clients, and professionals impacted by autism spectrum disorders. Listing these organizations and/or services does not necessarily indicate the endorsement of The University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center. UNT is committed to the use of evidence-based practices to ensure only the highest quality services are delivered.

 

       National Autism Association of North Texas

The National Autism Association of North Texas provides a comprehensive list of resources and information for individuals and families in the DFW area who are impacted by ASD. Click here for the Parent Resource Packet (Adobe PDF).

 

UNT Department of Educational Psychology – Autism Intervention Program

The UNT Department of Educational Psychology – Autism Intervention Program provides graduate level students with exceptional autism specialization training. This program prepares personnel to assume leadership roles in the field of autism research, education, and training.

 

      UNT Department of Behavior Analysis

The UNT Department of Behavior Analysis provides students with a number of experiences in the classroom, research laboratories, and applied settings. As the first nationally accredited program by the Association for Behavior Analysis, the department of Behavior Analysis accepts students from all over the world in an effort to provide the most effective training in Behavior Analysis. In addition, the department of Behavior Analysis is one of the few programs in the country providing an on-line Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) program.

 

The National Autism Center (NAC)

The National Autism Center, an affiliate of the award-winning nonprofit organization May Institute, focuses on the promotion of evidence-based practices. The NAC is dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources to families, professionals, and communities. In 2009, the NAC completed an unprecedented project, the National Standards Project, in an effort to establish a standard set of effective, research-based educational and behavioral interventions for children on the autism spectrum. The results of this project, outlined in the National Standards Report, provide a single, authoritative source of guidance for parents, caregivers, educators, and service providers as they develop intervention plans and strategies.

 

The National Professional Development Center (NPDC)

The National Professional Development Center is a multi-university center promoting the use of evidence-based practices for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The NPDC operates through the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California at Davis Medical School, and the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Three states are selected each year for a two-year partnership with the NPDC in order to provide professional development to teachers and practitioners who serve individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Evidence-Based Practices - the National Autism Center and the National Professional Development Center

In 2007, the National Professional Development Center received funding to promote the use of evidence-based practices in programs for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. During this time the National Autism Center was working on the National Standards Project, also in an effort to promote the use of evidence-based practices. The results of this simultaneous research between the NAC and the NPDC led to the development of a detailed comparison table, identifying the similarities and differences between the results of the two projects.