Autism Resources for Parents – The Ultimate New Guide

Are you looking for autism resources to help you and your child? With its vast amount of data and accessibility, the Internet has become a powerful tool in the search for up-to-date information. The problem is we often don’t have the extra time needed to go through the infinite amount of information.

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide families affected by autism with the latest information and advice, we have compiled a list of autism resources for parents. Whether you are a parent, family member, caregiver or teacher of someone with autism, or you are on the spectrum yourself, we hope the following autism websites and articles can help guide you in the right direction.

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Disability Gov

The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services connects people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers with helpful resources. These include topics such as applying for disability benefits, finding a job, getting health care, or paying for accessible housing. The site also includes supportive community organizations that can help.

Disability.gov’s Guide for Family Caregivers

This excellent resource includes vast information on programs, services, government agencies, and organizations that can help you as you care for a spouse, child, parent, or another family member. It has a list of helpful links for your reference.

Disability Scoop

Excellent source for up-to-the-minute developmental disability news.

Home Accessibility Costs

HomeAdvisor’s Disability Accommodation Cost Guide gives people an idea of how much certain special needs accommodations cost, such as wheelchair ramps or an elevator/stairlifts.

Medicaid

This website provides information about the Federal policy on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Basic Health Program.

Operation Autism – A Resource Guide for Military Families

Operation Autism supports U.S. military families touched by autism spectrum disorder. It serves as an introduction to autism, a guide for the journey of life with autism, and a ready reference for available resources, services, and support.


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Play therapy for Autism

Activities and Play Therapy for Kids with Special Needs

Best Autism Apps For iPad, iPhone and Android

– Autism Parenting Magazine

This is our own list of mobile apps that help people on the spectrum and their families navigate daily challenges, enhance learning, and educate themselves on autism. These iPhone, iPad, and Android apps are great for ages ranging from two years old to adults.

Beneficial Activities for Kids with Special Needs

Great suggestions from experts in various special needs areas such as AD/HD, Asperger’s syndrome, communication disorders, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for appropriate and enjoyable activities.

How to Take the Worry Out of Appointments with Your ASD Child

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Does the thought of taking your child with ASD to the dentist fill you with anxiety? Do you dread making the trip to get a haircut? Learn how to take the sting out of necessary outings.

LEGO® Therapy: How to Build Connections with Autism – One Brick at a Time

– Autism Parenting Magazine

APM reached out to Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, Research Coordinator at the Els Center of Excellence to provide an article on what makes LEGO® bricks an applicable intervention for therapists as well as an activity for groups. In her piece, Wagenfeld explains the fundamentals, the process, and the valuable social connections made when playing with LEGO® bricks.

Let’s Party: Celebrating without the Stress

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Birthday parties play an important role in childhood. But for kids on the spectrum, they can also be overwhelming. Learn some excellent party-planning advice from a mother of seven children, two of whom have different sensory needs.

Mewsic Moves

Meet a Music Therapist who provides parents, educators, and therapists with educational and helpful tools for supporting children with special needs.

New Ways to Be Happy and Healthy While Parenting an ASD Child

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Parenting a child on the autism spectrum can be very rewarding; however, it also comes with a multitude of challenges. That’s why parents of children with autism need to remember to take good care of themselves as well. Learn from Siobhán Wilcox, a stress management expert, how to take a new approach to self-care.

Using Lego And Other Visual Supports To Help Autistic Children Understand Emotions

– Autism Parenting Magazine

For many children on the autism spectrum, reading facial expressions is a constant struggle. It can be a challenge to determine what other people are thinking and feeling, and because of this, a great number struggle to participate in typical social interactions. Read about the benefits of visual supports, such as a feelings and emotions chart, PECs, and social stories when working with your child with autism.

The Ultimate Guide to Flying with Autistic Children

Fantastic information from Jaco Aerospace for parents and caregivers who are planning a flight with an autistic child. The comprehensive article includes a checklist for before, during, and after takeoff to provide an excellent travel experience.

Top 10 Benefits of Organized Recreation Programs for Children with Autism

Learn about how children with autism can gain the kind of skills beneficial to everyday life by participating in a specialized recreation program.

Independent living for Autism

Adults with Autism and Independent Living

34 Great Jobs for People with Disabilities

A first-rate resource filled with good jobs for people with disabilities that highlight a person’s strongest abilities and skills.

Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism

AFAA is a national consortium of organizations working together to promote a collaborative spirit and develop both public and private sector support that improve the lives of adults living with autism.

Autism Life Span Homes

These residential homes licensed by the California Department of Health Services can provide intermediate care habilitation services to teens and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism and or related developmental disabilities.

Can My Child Ever Learn to Live on His Own?

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Advice on helping your child on the spectrum take steps toward independent living through very structured learning, repetition, and functional task learning.

Disability and Employment

Interesting information on conferences for families, educators, employers, and service providers focused on the practical information necessary to find or create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Exclusive Interview with Temple Grandin

– Autism Parenting Magazine

In an exclusive interview with Autism Parenting Magazine, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., shares her concerns and advice regarding young people on the spectrum who aren’t getting adequate training and structure to gain a sense of independence.

How Do I Know if My Child Needs a Guardian?

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Professional financial planning tips on determining whether your child needs a guardian when he/she turns 18 years old.

National Council on Independent Living

The NCIL is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization which represents thousands of organizations and individuals. This includes people with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the U.S.

Workplace Opportunities For All People On The Spectrum

Autism Parenting Magazine

The father of a 13-year-old with “low-functioning” autism and the managing principal of a conference company which develops programs to serve the disability communities share employment possibilities for all people on the spectrum.

Autism Advocacy

Autism Advocacy Resources

Autism National Committee

AUTCOM is an autism advocacy organization dedicated to “Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism” through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches.

Autism New Jersey

Autism New Jersey is the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Autism Society

This leading grassroots autism organization exists to improve the lives of people with autism. They aim to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum. They are advocates for providing appropriate services for people with autism throughout their lifespan. They also release the latest information on treatment, education, research, and advocacy.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement concerning autism.

 

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Autism Help and Community Support Groups

Canines for Disabled Kids

This website is a great resource if you are considering the benefits of service dogs. There is also added information about opportunities for scholarship.

MyGrants.co.uk

MyGrants.co.uk provides an impressive list of autism charities that specialize in offering emotional and financial support for families in need of external funding in the United Kingdom.

Grants for single mothers

This site helps financially disadvantaged families with finding assistance programs. The directory lists assistance programs that help with utility, energy, mortgage, rent, medication, education, and medical bills.

Ollibean

Ollibean connects families, self-advocates, and professionals in the cross-disability community to help create online and offline communities. The goal is to help people make informed decisions, share stories, and work together to create a socially just, inclusive world.

Autism Tips

Autism Daily Tips

Aspergers is Awesome!

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Dr. Gaskill debunks stereotypes attributed to people with Asperger’s syndrome while spreading knowledge about their unique but misunderstood minds. Watch his inspirational YouTube video called: Human 2.0 We Have Evolved: Aspergers Is Awesome!

Autism, Head Banging and other Self Harming Behavior

– Autism Parenting Magazine

“Headbanging and self-injury are common ways for an ASD child to communicate needs. Check out this page and learn now why self-harm occurs and what you can do to protect your child from it.”

Autism Friendly Products and Services – The Ultimate Guide

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Toys, mobile apps, school supplies, movie theaters, vacation houses, outdoor activities, and more! We’ve listed the best products and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

Gifts For An Autistic Child – The Ultimate Guide

– Autism Parenting Magazine

“We’ve created this ultimate guide because we believe that finding a gift for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should be hassle-free. This guide includes general tips as well as a list of recommended gifts according to the ASD child’s needs and condition.”

Help: My Aspie Lacks Motivation

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Angelina M. responds with some excellent advice regarding a 13-year-old autistic boy who has become withdrawn and does not want to work with his tutor.

How You Can Promote Autism Awareness This April

– Autism Parenting Magazine

“Every April, people from all over the world celebrate autism awareness. This is to provide further education as well as resources and support to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). On this page is a list of different ways on how you can promote autism awareness and celebrate with people on the spectrum.“

Living Autism Day By Day – A Focus on Family Strength

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Deanna Picon, the author of the book Living Autism Day by Day, shares her inspiration and advice on keeping a household happy and strong.

Outstanding Tips You’ll Love for Therapy On The Run

– Autism Parenting Magazine

This article will help you find those “perfect times” to work on essential skills along with your child on the spectrum without having to set up a structured clinical hour.

Pets Can Make all the Difference in the World of Autism

– Autism Parenting Magazine

A certified, professional dog trainer and mother of identical twin boys with autism shares excellent advice on the essential role pets can play in a family’s life. The writer includes tips on ways animals can help autistic children learn valuable life skills.

Regressive Autism – Why It Occurs

– Autism Parenting Magazine

“Regressive autism is a condition in which an engaged, energetic child suddenly becomes quiet and uninterested. This sometimes leads to loss of speech and social skills. Check out this page to gain a deeper understanding of regressive autism, its signs and symptoms, possible treatments, and what parents can do if they observe these signs in their children.”


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Sensory Processing Difficulties – Dressing For Success

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Learn about Sensory Processing Disorder, its symptoms, and advice for finding the right clothing that addresses your child’s sensory needs.

Social Stories for Autistic Children

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Social stories are one of the various tools and strategies that have helped many ASD children improve their communication and social skills. In this guide, you’ll learn about the background and benefits of social stories and how you can write your own.

The Autism Onion

A BCBA who works primarily with children who have autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental delays shares her stories and connects with others who have a heart for special-needs individuals.

 

Autism and diet

Diet & Health Resources for Kids with Autism

5 Simple Ways to Achieve Playdate Success with Your ASD Child

– Autism Parenting Magazine

“We understand why parents with ASD children, most of the time, politely decline invitations to events, parties, or even simple gatherings. This can be due to meltdowns, injuries, or simply because the environment may not be safe or comfortable for their children.

This page will show how you can achieve successful playdates with your ASD children and let them learn the importance of social skills.”

Treating Genetic Mutations in Autism

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Learn from Dr. Jared M. Skowron, Biomedical Autism Expert, about one of the top five inherited genetic mutations called MTHFR and treatments available for the most important gene for the production and formation of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine.

Advice on How the Thyroid/Autism Connection Can Make a Difference

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Dr. Kellman, a pioneer in functional medicine who has a holistic and visionary approach to healing, discusses a significant connection between the thyroid and the brain, urging parents to consider testing levels.

Asperger’s Syndrome and the Power of a Good Diet

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Sarah Patten, the author of the book What to Feed an AspergerHow to Go from Three Foods to Three Hundred with Love, Patience and a Little Sleight of Hand shares with Autism Parenting Magazine her successful food journey with her son with Asperger’s syndrome.

Autism Fitness

Either on-site or from a distance (via Skype or phone), Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen offers several packages for professionals and parents who want to begin developing a fitness/PE program for those with ASD or want to enhance an existing curriculum or practice.

Autism Food Club

An innovative website that helps turn global scientific research into affordable, simple, and healthy family meals. Includes free family recipes, science, live feeds, news, and autism announcements.

Best Essential Oils for Autism and ADHD – The Ultimate Guide

– Autism Parenting Magazine

From sleep and anxiety to digestive health and immunity boosts, essential oils have brought several benefits to ASD children. Go to this page, download your free guide, and learn the best essential oils for autism, ADHD, and ADD symptoms.

Brain Balance Takes a Look at the Challenge of Sensory Processing Disorder

– Autism Parenting Magazine

The owner of several Brain Balance Achievement Centers explains what Sensory Processing Disorder is in easy-to-understand terms. You can also learn about intervention goals to help a child with sensory processing.

Biological Markers of Autism at a Young Age

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Regent University’s Richard Clarke shares science coordinator for BASIS Kim Davies’ video about the biological markers of autism at a young age. This is based on various behavioral observations and neuropsychological studies conducted at London’s Birkbeck Babylab.

Changes Made to Policy to Affect Thousands of Children with ASD

– Autism Parenting Magazine

An interview with Susan E. Tirella, M.Ed., BCBA, on the recent changes to Medicaid to cover autism services and the Autism CARES Act of 2014, which was recently signed into law.

Creating Inner Peace -The Benefits of Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Learn how yoga can have a positive effect on an ASD child’s communication skills and anxiety levels while possibly reducing challenging behaviors and providing a better sense of self. Tips for teaching yoga to children with ASD are also provided.

Facts About ASD

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has composed an informational article explaining Autism Spectrum Disorder, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, causes and risk factors, and suggestions on what to do if you are concerned.

How does the Affordable Care Act benefit people on the Autism Spectrum?

– Autism Parenting Magazine

A look at the impact of coordinated care on the I/DD community and how the Recovery Movement (client-centered services) could benefit people on the autism spectrum.

Key Findings: Prevalence and Impact of Unhealthy Weight in a National Sample of US Adolescents with Autism and Other Learning and Behavioral Disorders

Researchers from the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration report their recent findings on adolescent obesity and its connection to individuals with learning and behavioral, developmental disabilities as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Obesity and Children with Special Needs

This 52-page report and guide from AbilityPath.org gives families comprehensive information about obesity. It has a variety of information ranging from the obstacles to maintaining a healthy weight to tips for healthy snacking.

Probiotics and Autism

– Autism Parenting Magazine

“Researches have shown that food and diet have a strong link with how the functioning of the brain. In this page, we discuss the effectiveness of probiotics or the so-called “friendly bacteria” and diets in helping ease the symptoms of autism.”

The Calming Effects of Essential Oils

– Autism Parenting Magazine

The mother of a young boy with autism and Bipolar disorder shares her personal success using essential oils to calm and relax her son.

The Need to Grow – Advice on Changing your ASD Child’s Relationship with Food

– Autism Parenting Magazine

To parents with children on the spectrum, eating is an everyday struggle. Check out this page and see how a 12-year-old Aspie boy found his love of fruits and vegetables.

Tips on How to Improve the Health and Happiness of Our Children on the Spectrum

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC, HpN, a board-certified psychotherapist and author of a book on treating ADHD, Apraxia, and ASD, offers her advice on how to naturally improve the wellness of children on the spectrum.

Trehalose: The Promising Supplement You’ve Never Heard About

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Learn from an expert on the autism spectrum about the promising research surrounding a supplement called Trehalose and how it may help the brain.

Putting the Squeeze On Sensory Processing Disorders

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Meet award-winning and celebrated entrepreneur Lisa Fraser. She is the inventor of the innovative and sporty Snug Vest. The vest is designed to relieve anxiety by regulating the sensory system when it is over-stimulated from environmental input and overload.

Sensory Mood Lighting Can Help Calm and Soothe

– Autism Parenting Magazine

A lighting company in Manchester, England explains the calming, soothing effects certain types of lighting can provide to people on the spectrum.

Autism Education Resources

Autism Resources on Education

Able2learn Inc.

Able2learn Inc. provides free inclusive educational material with a particular focus on autism and other learning disabilities. Able2learn helps parents/teachers with materials to help create a customized learning program suited to his/her needs.

Autism Schools and Education Facilities – The Ultimate Guide

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Looking for a school for your ASD child? We know every child on the spectrum learns differently, so we’ve created this ultimate guide to help parents find the right school to give their children the support they need.

College Assistance Guide for People with ADHD

Important information provided by US News and World Report on scholarships, grants, and other options available for those with an ADHD.

Dear Teacher: Sure Fire Ways You Can Help ASD Kids

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Helpful tips for teachers on ways to help ASD students reach their personal goals and feel more comfortable in the classroom provided by a high schooler with Asperger’s syndrome.

Helping Your ASD Teen Survive the Middle School Transition

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Excellent advice for parents from the Creator/Director of The Timms Social Skills Program on transitioning a child with autism to middle school and guiding him/her through the ups and downs of friendships.

Help: My Kindergartener Struggles in the School Cafeteria

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Angelina M. provides excellent tips for helping children on the spectrum tolerate lunchtime at school.

Music May Hold the Key to Enhancing Language for Autistic Children – 7 Tips for Integration

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Excellent research on the important connection between music and language written by a pianist and composer who recently completed a dissertation on the impact music has on speech and communication for individuals with special needs.

Professional Tips for Combating Stress and Anxiety in the New School Year

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Sally Thibault, Dip. Prof. Counseling, professional speaker, author, and EFT Practitioner, shares her advice and a video on helping families combat stress and anxiety as they enter a new school year.

Routines and Children with Disabilities

A helpful article on the importance of routines for children with special needs. The Raisingchildren.net.auv website provides information on all aspects of autism, including development, therapies, and services.

Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism

Top educational advice from Temple Grandin, Ph.D., posted by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.

The ABCs of Back to School for ASD Children: Anxiety, Bullying, Confusion…

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Certified Autism Specialist and Licensed Christian Counselor Stephanie C. Holmes provides excellent school guidance on how to thoughtfully prepare your autistic child for the first day.

The Best Academic Choice for Your Child’s Needs – A Special Guide to Educational Options

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Undecided whether you’ll bring your ASD child to a private school or start homeschooling? Check this article now to understand the different academic choices and select what’s right for your child’s needs.

The Value of Getting to Know Your Child’s School Support Team

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Beneficial advice from the University of Washington Autism Center regarding the importance of getting to know a child’s school support team to make the beginning of the school year less intimidating and stressful.

Things You Should Know About Autism & Special Education

This advice from St. Joseph’s University aims to help identify certain unique personality traits and behaviors of those with autism and helps direct parents/caregivers/teachers in what to expect and how to provide proper care for them.

 

Special needs financial planning resources

Financial Planning for Special Needs Children

A Special Needs Plan

Provides access to experts who can offer advice regarding the coordination of all necessary legal and financial arrangements surrounding a family member with special needs, including government benefits, communication, and tax strategies.

Help: How Can the Newly Passed ABLE Act Help My Family?

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Learn from a financial advisor who specializes in serving families with special needs about the ABLE Act which was passed at the end of 2014 as it changed the way people with disabilities can save money in specific accounts and not jeopardize necessary government benefits.

Is a Will a Sufficient Plan?

Excellent advice from a financial advisor who specializes in serving families with special needs regarding the importance of creating a comprehensive life plan for a child on the spectrum – beyond the basic will.

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities

This website is one of the best financial autism resources for parents. It has tons of information for people with disabilities so they can manage their finances and meet their financial goals.

What Is the Best Way To Fund A Special Needs Trust?

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Professional financial advice regarding the top way to prepare for the future with a Special Needs Trust.

 

Autism Networking Support

General Networking Information and Resources for Parents of Autistic Kids

American Academy of Pediatrics

An organization of 64,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The website includes resources for those who care for children with autism and their families.

Asperger/Autism Network AANE

AANE works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger’s syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy, all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.

Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association

AHA serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them, providing crucial resources and support as they face challenges, build on their strengths, and fulfill their potential.

Autism Highway

An ASD community whose mission is to promote friendship through common understanding and to spread awareness to make the knowledge common.

Autism Matters UK

Autism Matters provides autism awareness courses and talks as well as onsite training for therapists and employers. Also includes a blog about autism-related resources.

Autism Parenting Advice

Autism Parental Advice

Help: I’m a Mom with an Autistic Child and am Afraid to Go Out

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Angelina M. supplies excellent tips to help parents who experience anxiety and struggle to leave the house because of anticipated ASD behaviors.

Shed the Stress: Seven Ways To ‘Spring Clean’ Your Life

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Founder of Your Autism Coach, Deanna Picon, provides her advice for overworked parents on how to reenergize their lives with a few simple tweaks.

Signs of Autism in Infants and Children

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Are you worried your child may be on the spectrum? Learn in this guide the signs of autism in babies, toddlers, and kids, as well as ASD diagnosis and interventions.

3 Ways to Revitalize Your Marriage After Having A Special Needs Child

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Deanna Picon, author of The Autism Parents’ Guide to Reclaiming Your Life, provides tips for couples to help them work together to keep the love alive.

Your Autism Coach

A comprehensive support program which includes individual, confidential coaching sessions which address issues and concerns important to families affected by autism. Coaching sessions are available over the telephone to give parents convenience, flexibility, and privacy. Seminars are designed to give parents coping strategies and proven techniques to maintain a healthy emotional outlook.

Potty Training, Diapers, and Hygiene

Autism Potty Training – The Ultimate Guide

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Potty Training is a big challenge for parents with children on the spectrum. This guide gives you everything you need to know about toilet training, including knowing the issues you may encounter, how to prepare your child, steps in the process, additional tips, and more.

Finding Big Kid Diapers, Pull-Ups and Youth Pants For Your Child with ASD

– Autism Parenting Magazine

It’s not always easy finding the larger-sized diaper products needed for children on the spectrum. Read about the financial assistance available to some families, from Medicare to private insurance, as well as a buying guide to finding the right product at a good price.

SOSecure Containment Swim Brief

SOSecure Containment Swim Brief (also known as a swim diaper or swim nappy) is an innovative design with a focus on practicality, durability, and comfort. The brief is recommended by Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and caregivers all over the world.

Good Autism Websites

Good Autism Websites

Autism Parenting Magazine

Autism Parenting Magazine is the leading global magazine for parents of autistic children as well as professionals seeking to work with children on the spectrum. The magazine features articles from hundreds of contributors including respected professionals, autism experts, parents of children on the spectrum, and adults with autism.

Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration

The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.

Centers for Disease Control

An excellent resource to include facts, research, screening and diagnosis information, and articles regarding autism.

Center for the Developing Mind

The Center for the Developing Mind™ is a non-public agency within the state of California and a multidisciplinary treatment facility for children/adolescents with developmental delays and/or regulatory disorders.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota has provided a useful resource for readers interested in learning more about the developmental signs of autism.

Els for Autism

Els for Autism Foundation was established by Ernie and Liezl Els to focus on the issue of autism. Learn about The Els Center of Excellence, a 26-acre facility that will also have an on-site education for 300 students ages 3-21, medical and professional services, research, transition to adulthood, adult living, and on-site job training.

Helpful Links

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Looking for therapy, support groups, workshops, or maybe a school? We’ve listed on this page various resources which may help you find what you need for your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

National Autistic Society

The leading UK charity for people on the autism spectrum (including Asperger’s syndrome) and their families, which provides information, support, and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for people with autism.

OAR

Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR has set out to use applied science to answer questions parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers, and caregivers confront daily.

Southeast Psych

One of the largest and most innovative private psychology practices in the nation that has taken psychology beyond traditional therapy and assessment.  Offers presentations, webinars, podcasts, videos, and books relating to autism.

Temple Grandin

Excellent information on a variety of subjects provided by an autism activist, best-selling author, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. Includes special conference dates.

Timms Social Skills Program

A live, fun, interactive, peer-to-peer online social skills program designed to help students 6-18+ whose lives are affected by social skills issues.

University of Washington Autism Center

A nonprofit organization devoted to supporting individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Offers exceptional clinical services, innovative scientific research, and high-quality training.

Wynne Solutions

Provides an array of services using the techniques of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in home-based, clinical, and educational settings to meet diverse behavioral needs via face-to-face and telehealth methods.

The Art of Autism

Raising awareness of the importance of the arts as viable tools for learning, growth, and expression, especially for autistic artists and their valuable contributions to the world.

 

Autism Safety

Autism Safety

Autism & Wandering

According to research, nearly half of all children with autism attempt to elope from a safe environment which has led to numerous tragedies. Learn the facts about wandering and how to keep loved ones safe from the Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration.

Spirit of Autism

Their primary mission is to provide Autism Training for Emergency Responders and Emergency Preparedness information for autism families.

 

Autism and Sleep

Autism Resources for Parents About Sleep

Excellent Ways to Create a Peaceful and Calming Bedroom Space

– Autism Parenting Magazine

A licensed interior designer provides excellent advice for creating a calming bedroom space for children on the spectrum through the use of color, texture, and furniture placement.

Help: My Child Doesn’t Sleep

Autism Parenting Magazine

Does your child with autism have a difficult time falling asleep? Learn from Board Certified Behavior Analyst Angelina M. about ways to create a comfortable environment. Behavior-related sleep issues are also discussed, as well as the possibility medications are to blame for sleepless nights.

Helping Your Child with Autism Sleep: An Overview of Sleep Hygiene and Behavioral Strategies

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Great advice prepared for Autism Parenting Magazine by Sujay Kansagra, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program at Duke University as he provides parents with essential behavioral strategies to help children on the spectrum sleep.

Simple Tools to Help Your ASD Child Sleep Better Now

– Autism Parenting Magazine

We’re aware sleep problems are common for children on the spectrum. Watch on this page how Southeast Psych’s Dr. Melissa Miller explains what causes sleep problems and how you can address them.

Sleep Study Reveals Need for Change in Bedtime Routine

– Autism Parenting Magazine

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Sarah Kupferschmidt believes the ability to fall to sleep, just like most behaviors, is a skill that can be learned. Her article focuses on tips and strategies to help children on the spectrum find the right bedtime routine and fall asleep.

Managing the day-to-day life of an autistic loved one can be overwhelming and is a constant learning experience. Most days, you need fast and accurate information to help you solve a problem. We hope these autism resources for parents and caregivers help you tackle the many challenges that come with caring for a child with autism.

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Amy KD Tobik

Amy KD Tobik, Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine, has more than 30 years of experience as a published writer and editor. A graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Amy’s background includes magazine, newspaper, and book publishing. As a special needs advocate and editor, she coordinates with more than 300 doctors, autism specialists, and researchers to ensure people diagnosed with autism receive the services and supports they need for life. She has two adult children and lives in the Carolinas with her husband.

  • A great resource for teens struggling with social/academic challenges related to autism is Seven Stars. Seven Stars (http://www.discoversevenstars.com/) is an autism residential treatment center for teens 13-17.

  • Avatar Pam Kelty says:

    Just found this and it looks like you have great information. Does the magazine sell in bookstores? Is it only available on the computer?

  • Avatar Dul says:

    Hi Pam. Magazine issues are published digitally 🙂 More info here: https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/where-is-the-printed-version/

  • Texas Tech University has a college support program for students with ASD who are wanting to pursue a post-secondary education. Please take a look at our website and see if this would be a resource for your audience. I think families and young adults are hungry for information on programs in college.

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