This article discusses the impact of the growing rate of children diagnosed with autism on early intervention programs and the public school system. It includes an overview of the characteristics of autism, research on early behavioral indicators of infants and toddlers at risk for autism, indicators that may be overlooked in older children, and educational implications of the disorder. Current and pending federal policy initiatives related to autism are also discussed.
Boyd, B. A., & Shaw, E. (2010). Autism in the classroom: A group of students changing in population and presentation. Preventing School Failure, 54(4), 211-219.