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
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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.
All the Colors on the Spectrum
The diagnosis of autism has risen markedly in recent years, climbing from a rate of 4 to 5 cases per 10,000 people in 1966 to approximately 1 per 100 today.
Autism—It's Different in Girls
New research suggests the disorder often looks different in females, many of whom are being misdiagnosed and missing out on the support they need.
Seeing the Spectrum
The world has always been unpredictable and disorderly, and some people have always found its ways unbearable. But there hasn’t always been autism—or its related categories, Asperger’s syndrome and (the current official term) autism-spectrum disorder.
Our mission is to make the sport of tennis available to children with autism and to use tennis as a means to enhance health and fitness, hand-eye coordination and motor development and improve the social skills for children with autism....
And, of course, to make sure kids have fun in the process!
Age of Autism
We are published to give voice to those who believe autism is an environmentally induced illness, that it is treatable, and that children can recover. For the most part, the major media in the United States aren't interested in that point of view, they won't investigate the causes and possible biomedical treatments of autism independently, and they don't listen to the most important people — the parents, many of whom have witnessed autistic regression and medical illness after vaccinations. We do all those things, and more.
App Healthier Me
Welcome to Healthier Me, a Kohl’s Autism Awareness app from the experts at Children’s Specialized Hospital. Healthier Me reinforces the healthier choices and habits of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and turns tracking day-to-day activities into something rewarding and educational.
Autisable provides an open platform where anything Autism related can be shared and discussed.
Autism - You're Not Alone
One of the most common disorders afflicting children today is autism. So we figured out some of the best resources. We hope it helps!
On our site you will find more than 900 content items including lesson plans, games, group activities, sensory integration ideas, motor skills activities, social stories, and visuals with more to come in the weeks and months ahead.
Our objective is to rethink the way people access news over the Internet. We also want to adapt the content to the end-user’s device be it for a desktop, a tablet or a Smartphone.
Autism One is a nonprofit, charity organization 501(c)(3) started by a small group of parents of children with autism. Parents are and must remain the driving force of our community, the stakes are too high and the issues too sacred to delegate to outside interests.
Autism Parenting Magazine
Autism Parenting Magazine is the leading magazine for parents of autistic children as well as professionals seeking to work with children on the spectrum. Established in 2012, our focus remains on objectively publishing autism-related topics, events, developments, treatments and news stories.
The Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization.
Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
Autism Speaks Canada
At Autism Speaks Canada, we are dedicated to finding the missing pieces of the puzzle and to bringing hope to those living with autism every day.
Autism Spectrum News
Thanks to their help and guidance we have found a new voice for bringing you a new and trusted source of news, information, education, research, advocacy, and resources about the promising and ever-changing world of autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Yesterday is a new documentary that explores an emerging truth many parents are discovering: Autism is a reversible condition through a process known as "biomedical intervention".
Autism, Asperger's syndrome and PPD-NOS can dramatically affect a child's life, as well as that of their families, schools, friends and the wider community. This site provides help with over 350 fact sheets of autism-related information, with an emphasis on practical strategies, as many families cannot afford the more expensive interventions, or may be geographically isolated and cannot access autism support services.
This site is for the benefit of Sweet Caroline. Support AutismParents by visiting our sponsors. Autism is expensive!
Autism Today is the largest autism resource online and one of the leading autism and Aspergers resource distributor in the world.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens.
AWARES aims to provide you with links to all of the autism information and resources you could need within Wales, and also to useful online resources outside of Wales.
Awe in Autism
Through original works of art, music, literature, poetry, photography and video, as well as many other resources, Awe in Autism seeks to provide inspiration and encouragement to those affected by autism.
Drive Mom Crazy
This site will hopefully give you a glimpse into my world. A world which is also part of the Asperger World.
First Signs is dedicated to the early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders.
So, who are we? We are parents of children with autism. We believe vaccines have caused our children's condition. We are not litigants against vaccine manufacturers. We will not benefit financially if vaccines are ultimately proven to be the primary trigger of autism. Our motivation is truth and we want to help other parents avoid the fate that befell us. That's it.
Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists, physicians and parent-volunteers researching the causes and treatments for autism and helping more than 20,000 children begin biomedical treatment.
Global Autism Project
Founded in 2003, the Global Autism Project is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the global gap in the resources and understanding of autism. We are committed to empowering communities worldwide to address the needs of individuals affected by autism through education, outreach, training, and the promotion of acceptance and compassion.
ICare4Autism serves as the lead global non-profit organization dedicated to improving the life of children and adults who live with autism.
Helping organizations identify, recruit, and retain qualified professionals on the autism spectrum.
Interactive Autism Network
The Interactive Autism Network is an innovative online project bringing together tens of thousands of people nationwide affected by autism spectrum disorders and hundreds of researchers in a search for answers.
Left Brain/Right Brain
Left Brain/Right Brain first came into existence in 2003. Over the years it has changed its basic form a few times but its core content and interest has always been autism and the news, science — and bad science — associated with it.
Life on the Spectrum
Life on the Spectrum is a UK-based charitable (non-profit) organisation, dedicated to raising awareness of autism, and providing information for autistic people themselves, particularly late-diagnosed adults who find little support elsewhere.
The McCarton Foundation is dedicated to increasing the educational opportunities for children with autism and making a better life for them and their families.
Our focus is on paediatric disorders such as Autism, ADHD, Asthma, allergies, chronic illness, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders.
North Star Foundation
At North Star, our clients are children whose challenges range from autism to serious medical conditions to grief over the loss of a parent. All these children have family members who are similarly affected and whose needs are factored into our services.
PutChildrenFirst.org was founded by parents to let the world know that the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, is covering-up the relationship between a near-tripling of vaccinations for our children in the 1990s and the epidemic of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders that began at exactly the same time.
Research Autism is the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism. Established in 2003 as the Autism Intervention Research Trust, we carry out high quality, independent research into new and existing health, education, social and other interventions.
Rethink Autism places at your fingertips teaching tools that have never before been available at a price you can afford, on a schedule you can manage, and at a quality that you can trust.
Romibo is a social robot that is helping people, particularly those with special needs, interact more with their peers. Romibo is a learning tool for individuals of all ages and abilities, however the robot has shown to be particularly useful with children on the autism spectrum.
The Coalition for SafeMinds (Sensible Action For Ending Mercury-Induced Neurological Disorders) is a private nonprofit organization founded to investigate and raise awareness of the risks to infants and children of exposure to mercury from medical products, including thimerosal in vaccines.
Schafer Autism Report
We monitor all the major news sources, websites and the latest research for important and practical news and developments with a balanced, no-spin presentation...
Raising awareness about autism spectrum disorders by raising our voices. We seek to alarm, connect and inspire. To make an abstract disorder real. To make autism a problem of "us" instead of "them." So listen. Learn. And share. Proceeds go to nonprofit autism service providers.
Talk About Curing Autism
Talk About Curing Autism provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments.
The AUTISM File
The Autism File magazine and website were borne of a passion. No one understands better than Jonathan and Polly Tommey the challenges of caring for a child with autism. Now, as an ongoing source of support and advice together with informative scientific content, The Autism File is not afraid to challenge, debate and discuss.
The Early Intervention Network
We expedite treatment for newly diagnosed children by providing their families with bridge services until publicly funded programs become available.
The Real Voice of Autism
The purpose of the autistics.org project is to connect autistic people with the services we need to live whole and happy lives. The immediate goal of autistics.org is to build a global database of information and resources by and for persons on the autistic spectrum.
Treating Autism exists to help people with autism and their families reach their potential and live life free of discomfort, anxiety and pain.
Wrong Planet is a web community designed for individuals, or parents and professionals who know someone with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences.
American Autism Association
We believe everyone deserves access to quality therapeutic resources. Together, we can create a future where all individuals with autism have the opportunity to succeed.
Association for Science in Autism Treatment
Our mission is to share accurate, scientifically sound information about autism and treatments for autism because we believe individuals with autism and their families deserve nothing less.
Autism National Committee
This is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches.
Autism Program at Yale
The Autism Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
Autism Research Institute
The Autism Research Institute, a non-profit organization, was established in 1967. For more than 40 years, ARI has devoted its work to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research.
Autism Society Canada
Autism Society Canada works across the country to reduce the impact of ASDs on individuals and their families. We support universally accessible ASD treatment and services, as well as the implementation of national surveillance, and better funding for ASD research.
National Autism Association
The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights.
The National Autistic Society
We champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and aim to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.
If you've just received an autism spectrum diagnosis for your child, take a deep breath. Then read these top articles with information, advice, and resources to help you take the right steps -- without becoming overwhelmed.
Resources, articles and information on autism including Asperger's syndrome, assessing autism, autism and tantrums, autism in childhood, autism therapies, characteristics of autism, discipline strategies, early signs of autism, echolalia, fragile x, hyperlexia / dyslexia, immunization worries, oral care and autism, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), Rett syndrome, savant syndrome, and more.
We are a community of many families and professionals coming together as one. We like to discuss many aspects of our lives, drawing from our common experience as parents, family members and those caring for children on the autism spectrum. We talk about more than autism.
Centers for Disease Control
Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASDs, search for risk factors and causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASDs as early as possible.
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that people living with autism and other disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.
Autism is a neurological disorder that is usually diagnosed in children before the age of 3. Common signs of autism include problems with social skills, interaction, and communication; delayed language development; aggression; repetitive motions; and a narrow range of interests. Autistic children often have abnormal reactions to touch, smells, light, and sound, and learning disabilities.
Comprehensive information on signs of autism, causes, resources and care for autism.
March of Dimes
Information and resources for autism from the March of Dimes.
Introduction, sign, symptoms, screening and diagnosis of autism.
Medical News Today
The latest Autism News articles published daily. Includes news on Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Rett Syndrome, Child Disintegrative Disorder, and Asperger's Syndrome. Information is also provided about social interaction problems, lack of communication skills and emotional interpretation difficulties - causes and how to overcome them.
Informatin and explanation of autism with links and resources.
National Intitute of Child Health and Human Development
The NICHD is one of many federal agencies and NIH Institutes working to understand ASD. The NICHD supports and conducts research on what causes autism, how best to detect signs of autism, how best to intervene or treat autism, and other topics.
Oasis @ MAAP
The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).
On the Autism, PDD & Asperger Syndrome page, you will find FAQs, articles, legal resources, recommended books, free publications, and a short list of information and support groups.