Public Awareness

With your help, we are reaching out to more and more people every day united in our commitment to accountability and respect for a science that should guide autism treatment. Individuals with autism deserve nothing less!

ASAT promotes awareness about autism treatment through our website, newsletter, Facebook page, and Twitter. Below you will find a number of specific suggestions to increase awareness of ASAT and our resources.

ASAT’s Website

As you know, ASAT maintains a comprehensive website and new content is uploaded on a frequent basis. We recently added an easy sharing feature so that each and every page of our website can be shared with others with one click.

In About ASAT, you can learn more about ASAT’s mission and history and how you can help.

In About Autism, you can read about how autism spectrum disorders are defined, what is known about the causes of autism, and if autism is on the rise. You can also peruse our suggested reading list.

In Treatment, you can find detailed reviews of published research to help consumers and professionals understand and access the science. You can also watch video examples of interventions and read descriptions of service providers.

In Conferences, you can learn about upcoming conferences and presentations which emphasize treatments that have been scientifically validated.

In Resources, you can find a wealth of information including topical articles, book reviews, research synopses, clinical corner responses, interviews with experts in autism treatment and more.

In Media Watch, you can read discussions of accurate and inaccurate portrayals of autism and its treatment by the media.

In Newsletter, you can sign up for our free newsletter and read archived issues of the newsletter.

How you can help:

  1. Please readily share the information contained in our website. Use the toolbar to email the page, print it, or recommend it on Facebook.
  2. Share a one page information sheet sheet that highlights the information above.
  3. If you have any suggestions about our website, or any material you would like to see available online, please write to info@www.asatonline.org (please type “website” into the subject line).

ASAT’s Newsletter, Science in Autism Treatment

Science in Autism Treatment is a free, informative quarterly newsletter that provides accurate, timely and useful information regarding autism and the state of the science in autism treatment to families, professionals and persons with autism. Specific features include:

  • Invited articles by leading advocates of science-based treatment
  • Clinical Corner responses to frequently asked questions about autism treatment
  • Consumer Corner descriptions of resources that can guide and inform treatment decisions
  • Detailed summaries of specific treatments for autism
  • Book reviews
  • Highlights of our Media Watch efforts with discussion of accurate and inaccurate portrayals of autism and its treatment by the media
  • Reviews of published research to help consumers and professionals understand and access the science
  • Critiques of policy statements related to autism treatment
  • Interviews with those advancing science-based treatment and confronting pseudoscience
  • Announcements about upcoming conferences of interest
  • Guidelines to help consumers access effective treatments
  • Links to helpful resources and articles already offered on www.www.asatonline.org

How you can help:

  1. If you are not already a subscriber, please subscribe today atwww.www.asatonline.org/signup.
  2. Share a one page full color announcement that highlights information about our newsletter.
  3. Post the link to our newsletter on Facebook and Twitter.
  4. If you have any suggestions related to Science in Autism Treatment, please write to newsletter@www.asatonline.org.

ASAT’s Facebook Page

Posts on our fan page include:

  • Information about our newsletter, Science in Autism Treatment
  • Media Watch announcements and alerts
  • Open letters from ASAT about matters of importance
  • Information about upcoming ASAT conferences and events
  • Other ASAT news and highlights

How you can help:

  1. If you are not already a fan, please “like” us at www.facebook.com/ASATonline
  2. Recommend ASAT’s Facebook page to all your friends.

ASAT’s Twitter Account

ASAT regularly sends out tweets notifying all followers about any news from ASAT including notification about our latest newsletter, Science in Autism Treatment, information about ASAT events, and weekly tweets directing followers to articles and other items of interest.

How you can help:

  1. Follow ASAT on Twitter.
  2. Tweet about ASAT to your friends.
  3. Encourage all your social contacts to follow us on Twitter.
  4. Retweet all ASAT tweets that will help your followers.
  5. Help make important ASAT content go viral.

Spreading the Word about Science (and ASAT)

Whether you are family member, service provider, medical professional, paraprofessional, teacher, or faculty member, you each have a number of opportunities to share information about ASAT and its resources.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Posting ASAT information in your Pediatrician or Family Physician’s office, autism parent group meetings, on school or community boards or handing them out at conferences you attend.
  • Including a link to ASAT’s webpage in your presentations or your webpage.
  • Doing it the old fashioned way- talking to parents and other professionals/staff about ASAT and the resources we provide. Inform them that they may sign up for our free newsletter, join Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and access our website.
  • Sharing with colleagues when appropriate through email, Facebook, Twitter, flyers, and other social media outlets.
  • Sharing our information with:
    • Families of newly diagnosed children with ASD or families who are new to your organization
    • Your local Special Education Parent Teacher Association
    • Local autism clinics
    • Your local news sources
    • Medical professionals
  • Post information about ASAT’s events and posts on your website.
  • If you teach college or graduate courses, build our information into course content and disseminate our resources as part of your course requirements.
  • If you provide BCBA/BCaBA or psychology supervision, require supervisees to use our information to guide decisions and clinical practice, and encourage those students being supervised to subscribe to our newsletter.