According to the latest statistics, 1 in 88 children are on the autistic spectrum, including 1 in 54 boys. It’s a disorder that’s still not entirely understood, and even within the community of parents of children with autism and educators who work with them, there are still disagreements about what therapies and treatments work best. For parents, finding ways to help with everything from diagnosis to coping is vital.
If your child has just been diagnosed with autism and you're not sure where to start, we have the sources for you. And whether you're looking for medical information, camaraderie, expert advice, autism-specific toys, best vacation plans for traveling with a child with autism, or just a shoulder to cry on, we have that resource as well. From national organizations to parent-written blogs to scholarship opportunities and even resources for siblings, we've put together a list of the 10 best autism resources:
The site's founders have a grandchild with autism, and the site has research, family services, and advocacy. All in one convenient location.
This site connects families to groups both online and in their area that can offer support.
This site aggregates news from the web and specifically sorts by category. It's a one-stop shop for any and all autism news.
MyAutismTeam is a social network for parents of kids with autism.
Care.com is a great place to find a caregiver.
This site allows people, including children, with autism to complete online activities geared toward helping them develop vital skills.
Parents of special-needs children know how difficult it can be to plan a vacation. This site is dedicated to helping parents of children with autism map out their getaways, whether they’re cruises or camping trips.
This site provides information about hiring au pairs and experienced live-in child care professionals that specialize in caring for children with autism.
Being a caregiver can be a rewarding, but also often a difficult and humbling task. This site shares products, strategies and tips for how to help your loved one and cope with the great demands that are put upon you each day.
Parents of both newly diagnosed children with autism and those who were diagnosed years ago can benefit from this site, sharing ideas for therapies, coping mechanisms and medical benefits through e-courses and newsletters.
And as always, if you need help, please contact us.
American Advocacy group is on the front lines every day, making positive change happen for people diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome and a range of diagnoses across the continuum. As a leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and the premier provider of the support and services people want and need, we understand the system and know how to take action in regard to your best interests.
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