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We are pleased to announce the launch of the Treatment section of the ASD Video Glossary. The treatments presented here include some of the more commonly used interventions for children on the autism spectrum: behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, structured teaching and supports, clinical therapies, and toddler treatment models. We have chosen to focus on treatments that can be represented and understood in video format. There are many other treatments available and families are encouraged to speak with their professional team members to choose the treatments that best address the individual needs of their child.

The treatments represented in the Glossary may not be appropriate for all children. While there are no conclusive studies showing that one approach is better than another, some approaches have been researched more than others and many approaches incorporate similar strategies. Parents and professionals are encouraged to look at all approaches and choose treatment strategies that best fit the needs of the child and family. This glossary of treatments is not all inclusive– there are plenty more treatments that are offered. Further, we do not endorse or recommend any treatment or program. We simply offer this Glossary of video clips and invite you to explore the different options. Additionally, we encourage you to download the two-page PDF treatment descriptions where you will see a list of the top research references that support each of the treatments.


Welcome to the ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

This glossary contains over two hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.

Please keep in mind that there are many presenting features associated with ASD that are depicted in the video clips you are about to see. However, most children do not show all of the features all of the time. Instead, many children have some of the features some of the time. Awareness of these common presenting features may help to heighten your index of suspicion. Individually, they may not indicate a problem; however, in combination, they may indicate a need to conduct a screening or a diagnostic evaluation. Not all signs and features need be present for ASD to be diagnosed. Please note: the ASD Video Glossary is not a diagnostic tool.

System Check

Click here to see the System Check information. Make sure your computer is configured to run the ASD Video Glossary. FAQs may also provide answers to your technical questions about using the ASD Video Glossary.

How to Use

The ASD Video Glossary is easy to use and very intuitive.

Important: If you have a pop-up blocker enabled on your system please turn it off before proceeding. Click on the “FAQs” tab above for instructions to turn off your pop-up blocker.

To launch the ASD Video Glossary, click the button below or use the “Login” tab at the top of this page. If you have previously registered to use the ASD Video Glossary, you will need to re-register to access it again. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Roll over the navigational buttons and a brief overview of the topic area appears at the
top right.

Click on the navigational button to enter the topic area. Additional content areas appear under each topic and clicking on them presents more video clips to view. Click the “Play” button for the video clip you'd like to view once it has completed loading. Many of the content areas have more than one pair of video clips to view. Click on the number in the center gold box between the video players to select another pair of video clips to view.

Also, you may browse specific glossary terms by clicking on the “Glossary of Terms” tab at the top of this page. For many of the terms described, there is a link directly to the video clips in the ASD Video Glossary that best illustrate the terms.

Using the ASD Video Glossary in a Training or Presentation

If you are a professional who is interested in showing these video clips in an upcoming presentation or training session, you may do so by linking your computer directly to the ASD Video Glossary on the Internet when you train or present. We cannot grant anyone permission to download any video clips directly from the ASD Video Glossary and we cannot provide anyone with a CD/DVD of any video clips contained therein. You can, however, order a copy of the DVD, On the Spectrum: Children and Autism, a 24-minute educational video that shows side-by-side clips of typical and atypical development. Some of these clips are used in the ASD Video Glossary. For ordering information, click here.

User Agreement

Content within the ASD Video Glossary is copyrighted by Florida State University and First Signs, Inc. By registering to use the ASD Video Glossary, you agree not to download, post, copy, distribute, or create derivative works based on this material, without the permission of Florida State University and/or First Signs, Inc. Even if you have software that prompts you to "download this video", you do not have permission to do so. Further, we ask you to respect the privacy of the children and families who are portrayed in the video clips.


The ASD Video Glossary was created by Amy M. Wetherby, PhD, Director of Florida State University FIRST WORDS® Project and Nancy D. Wiseman, Founder and President of First Signs®. Technical support was provided by Steve Barnes, Florida State University. Site architecture and design by Gold n Fish Marketing Group; programming by Abacast, Inc.. Funding was provided by Autism Speaks, The Joseph LeRoy & Ann C. Warner Fund, John Leopold Weil and Geraldine Rickard Weil Memorial Charitable Foundation, Inc., and Abacast, Inc.

Special Acknowledgments

Our deepest gratitude goes to the families and clinicians who participated in this video project. It is because of your generosity that so many other families and professionals throughout the world will be able to learn from your children. And a heartfelt “Thank You” to the panel of professionals and parents who reviewed the ASD Video Glossary, including Peter Bell, Lisa Goring, Rebecca Landa, PhD, Catherine Lord, PhD, Audrey Mars, MD, Tracy McDonald, Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, Catherine Rice, PhD, Wendy Stone, PhD, and Audrey Thurm, PhD.

First Signs® is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents and professionals about the early signs of autism and related disorders through public awareness and training. Funding for On the Spectrum: Children and Autism, from which video clips were selected for use in the ASD Video Glossary, was provided by Cure Autism Now (CAN), New Jersey Governor's Council on Autism at UMDNJ, and Parents of Autistic Children (POAC).

Florida State University Autism Institute in the College of Medicine was established to promote interdisciplinary research to advance scientific knowledge of ASD, bridge the research-to-practice gap, and maximize the use of innovative technology to build the capacity of communities and families to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD. Dr. Amy M. Wetherby serves as Director and is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at FSU. Two research projects in the FSU Autism Institute have contributed to the content and development of the ASD Video Glossary. The FIRST WORDS® Project is a prospective, longitudinal research investigation designed to identify early red flags of autism from video of children screened under 24 months of age who are later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. As Principal Investigator, Dr. Wetherby has received funding from the US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research findings will have important implications for improving early screening and identification. The Early Social Interaction Project (ESI) is a multisite toddler treatment study in the FSU Autism Institute funded by the US Department of Education, Autism Speaks, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Amy Wetherby and Dr. Catherine Lord, Director of the Institute of Brain Development in New York, are Co-Principal Investigators of an ongoing randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of teaching parents of 100 toddlers with ASD how to support social communication, emotional regulation, and play in everyday activities beginning at 18 months of age using the ESI model. The findings of this study will provide important evidence of the effectiveness of a community-based intervention implemented by parents of toddlers with ASD and will substantiate the importance of autism screening for toddlers so families can access early intervention.

Autism Speaks is North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $160 million to research and developing innovative new resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks has created resources and programs including the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, which Autism Speaks celebrates through its Light It Up Blue initiative. Also, Autism Speaks’ award-winning “Learn the Signs” campaign with the Ad Council has received over $272 million in donated media. Autism Speaks’ family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit, and a community grant program. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments in 27 states thus far, with bills pending in an additional 12 states. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

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