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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Hope is the greatest thing for moms of autism. Hope is what gets us out of bed in the morning. I'm on a mission to tell parents that there is a way - Jenny McCarthy

Autism Spectrum Disorders

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As most of us know, parenting is always a big job. Every parent wants the very best for their child and most parents work hard to be sure that their children's needs are well met. And when your child suffers from special circumstances, your job becomes even more crucial and more complicated. Parents of children with autism know that only too well.

About every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder making it more common than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancers and pediatric AIDS combined.

"When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder it steers the family on an entirely different journey than they could have ever imagined. Only another parent who has sat in a conference room hearing the words “I’m sorry, your child has Autism” could understand the feelings that go through your body… all at once… at that exact moment.

For me, it felt like time was standing still, I knew they were talking to me but I couldn’t for the life of me tell you what they were saying. I remember feeling hot, dizzy, confused, but most of all… scared. I was scared for myself, scared to tell my husband and family, scared for my child..." Source: Jill Tschikof, Our Autism Journey Did Not Begin With A Map, Generation Rescue Blog, 6 March 2013.

Autism is a complex, highly controversial, and often misunderstood disorder – it raises many more questions than answers. One of the most difficult aspects for parents of Autistic children is the inconsistent information out there – is it caused by vaccines, allergies, genetics, or the environment?

After reviewing hundreds of websites (there are over 16,000,000 hits for autism in a typical Google search), we’ve identified autism spectrum disorders sites that we think more than adequately cover the world of Autism. You’ll notice that we don’t include some of the major sites or some of the sites that come up early in a Google “autism” search.

One of our favorites is the Interactive Autism Network, a fascinating website that matches children and families with researchers in the field. The site includes an active forum, a great deal of excellent background information and many, many useful articles. Plus this site is very active, frequently updated and relies on scientific sources for its information.

Of course there are hundreds and hundreds of excellent sites available and over time you may want to visit many of them. You're not alone.