Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology

Autism, PDD and ADHD Resources

Explore resources for autism/developmental disabilities, ADHD, and other childhood disorders. View links to helpful websites, previews of useful literature, and ordering information.

 

Autism/Developmental Disabilities Literature

Project MED (Educational booklets with basic information on medication and patient rights)

 

  • Project MED (Medical EDucation for Consumers) was created with funding from the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Project MED educational booklets provide basic information about patients' rights and medications in easily understood words. There are few medical or legal words, and difficult words are defined.
  • The booklets are designed for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, or reading difficulties; patients with severe mental illness; child and adolescent patients; and people whose first language is not English. By providing this information, we hope to increase each patient's participation in his or her own health care.

The booklets are available for download as PDF files only. A list of the eight titles and links to download the files are at this website: http://nisonger.osu.edu/projectmed

Service Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder/PDD (PDF)

  • The Ohio Autism Task Force developed the Autism Service Guidelines to provide assistance to families and professionals.
  • The Guidelines concern young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder, birth through 21 years of age.
  • These guidelines include a description of autism spectrum disorder, medical concerns, assessment, and strategies for developing independent living skills, social skills, and instructional strategies.
  • They also give guidance for assessment, treatment, and developing educational programs.

* Electronic form (PDF) can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat Reader

The International Consensus Handbook

 

Steven Reiss and Michael G. Aman, Editors,
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

This comprehensive and authoritative reference book was developed to provide information on psychotropic medicines for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The handbook is no longer available to order for free from the Nisonger Center. For more information, contact Vicki.Graff@osumc.edu or call (614) 685-3195. For a preview of the table of contents click here.

ADHD Literature

Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder®

by L. Eugene Arnold, M.Ed., M.D.,
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

A child psychiatrist who has specialized in ADHD for 40 years and is one of the OSU RUPP investigators, Dr. L. Eugene Arnold has just published the third edition of this authoritative reference, which thoroughly reviews the complexities of ADHD diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment. Treatments described include various medications, behavioral treatments, and alternative/complementary treatments such as nutritional/dietary.

This 200 page book was written for physicians and other clinical professionals.
It is now available for order at www.hhcbooks.com or by calling HHC Books at 1-800-860-9544. Price $19.95.
Click here to view the table of contents for this third edition of the professional's guide in PDF.

*Electronic form (PDF) can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat Reader

A Family's Guide to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

by L. Eugene Arnold, M.Ed., M.D.,
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Dr. Arnold has written this guide for families dealing with ADHD.
To order, call HHC Books at 1-800-860-9544.
Click here to view the table of contents in PDF.

*Electronic form (PDF) can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat Reader

Parents' Survival Handbook

by L. Eugene Arnold, M.Ed., M.D.

A readable distillation of practical insights into child rearing presented with tongue-in-cheek humor and addressing many common problems often avoided by other books. A combination of modern behavioral science, folk wisdom, and common sense, emphasizing practicality, efficiency and what works rather than what ought to be or not be.

Though written by an expert, the book approaches problems from the vantage point of identification with parents and advocates parents rights as one of the best protections of true children's rights. It supports parents in using their common sense to salvage what is worthwhile from the barrage of advice on child rearing offered by the media, relatives and neighbors -- without feeling guilty.

View the table of contents by clicking here.

To order, complete this form and mail with Check or Money Order to: Ramsey & Associates, 28100 Cavallo Rd., Danville, OH 43014. Price: $5.95 + $2.00 for shipping.

Research Instruments

The Annotated Bibliography on the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC) helps researchers, clinicians, advanced students, and others to follow publications that have been done with the ABC. Thus far, the ABC has been used in more than 300 studies. The Annotated Bibliography indexes and/or summarizes most of them in three sections, as follows:

  1. Index A contains a listing of authors who conducted a given study, the date, the page on which a summary can be found, and a brief characterization of the study.  (pages i to xxi)
  2. Index B contains a summary of the 25 translations of the ABC into languages other than English that we are aware of. (pages xx to xxi)
  3. The main section (c) describes the ABC’s history, contains more information on foreign translations, explains how to contact the publisher (Slosson Educational Publications), and contains summaries of studies that have used the ABC, with an emphasis on the ABC findings. (pages 1 to 200)

We are not able to keep up with all publications involving the ABC. When we are aware of a publication but have not yet summarized it, we list the citation in section (c). Readers are welcome to make copies of the linked Annotated Bibliography, as needed.
Please direct questions about the Annotated Bibliography or the ABC to Michael Aman, aman.1@osu.edu, phone: (U.S.) 614-688-4196, FAX: (U.S.) 614-688-4908.


The Adult Scale of Hostility and Aggression: Reactive/Proactive (A-SHARP) is an instrument for measuring aggressive and hostile behavior in adults with developmental disabilities.  This scale was derived through factor analysis of a sample of 512 individuals with developmental disabilities.

To view the user agreement, instructions, and downloadable PDFs of the A-SHARP, the A-SHARP scoring guide, and preliminary norms, please click here.


The Children’s Scale of Hostility and Aggression: Reactive/Proactive (C-SHARP) is an instrument for measuring aggressive and hostile behavior in children with developmental disabilities.  This scale was derived through factor analysis of a sample of 365 children with developmental disabilities.

To view the user agreement, instructions, and downloadable PDFs of the C-SHARP, the C-SHARP scoring algorithm, and preliminary norms, please click here.


The Developmental Disabilities Children’s Global Assessment Scale (DD­CGAS)
The DD­CGAS is a general tool for assessing the overall composite of adaptive and maladaptive behavior of children and adolescents with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. It can be used to assess the effects of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments


The Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form (NCBRF)
The NCBRF is a standardized instrument for assessing child and adolescent behavior. Two "levels" of the NCBRF (one for children with MR/DD and one for normally developing children) are available.The first level is called the NCBRF (developed in 1996), which was derived for children with developmental disabilities, namely those with mental retardation and/or autism spectrum disorders. There are two versions of the NCBRF, one for completion by parents and one for teacher ratings. These are similar to one another, but the scoring systems differ slightly.

To view the user agreement, instructions, and downloadable PDF versions of the NCBRF and NCBRF-NIQ, click here.


The OSU Autism Rating Scale-DSM-IV (OARS-4) & OSU Autism CGI
The OSU Autism Rating Scale-DSM-IV (OARS-4) and OSU Autism CGI were developed to provide four types of summary scores: (a) A weighted score based on severity of autism or autism spectrum symptoms derived from clinical interview; (b) A symptom count, based on the same interview; (c) A global severity scale for autism, which takes autism spectrum and related symptoms (e.g., compulsions, problems transitioning, SIB) into account; and (d) A global improvement scale for autism. The four indices appear in the Word file available for download. Investigators and clinicians may make free copies.


The Repetitive Behavior Scale - Revised: Scale and Poster
Alternative Score Form for the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised
The Repetitive Behavior Rating Scale - Revised: Independent validation and the effects of subject variables." Poster presented at Thirty-eighth Annual Meeting of the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Annapolis, MD, March 17-19, 2005.

Appendices to Research Publications