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Autism Spectrum Disorders


Raising and educating your beautiful child who has developed autism can be a struggle you never expected as a parent. Chances are that before your child was diagnosed, you experienced mixed reactions from family and close friends when you talked about your concerns for your child, especially if the topic was introduced by the other person.

Even after diagnosis, isolation from your regular support circles and frustration with the complications and symptoms of the condition can weigh heavily upon your shoulders. You want the best opportunities, accommodations and support for your child; you want a cure; you want the child he or she would have been without autism; you want to be a perfect parent no matter what the conditions or events that occur.

Others might not understand the love and dedication you have for your son or daughter who has autism; others might take for granted that you are strong and can do it all on your own. There is support available from other parents who understand parts of your own situation. Every child with autism is unique, but many families experience some of the same unique qualities of autism that your child expresses.

Every parent of a child with autism is unique, too, and in a group of a hundred who are united in wanting the best for their children with autism, you may find only two or three who are true kindred spirits - or you may find twenty or thirty - or ninety, depending on the topic that is being discussed.

Finding the most up to date information and resources for your child is important, but it is also crucial that you find support and encouragement for yourself. Even with the best school program, respite care options, financial stability, and longish periods of good health and measurable progress toward goals, you can feel overwhelmed or like you just plain ran out of gas. Be kind to yourself - we care about the quality of your life and the richness of your experience, too.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of your child who has autism, and for reaching out today for the information, resources and support that is available for your family.

Autism organizations have specific and general resources on autism spectrum disorders and can be found at the Family Village web page links on Autism at http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/lib_autm.htm
including The Autism Society of America at http://www.autism-society.org

Autism Spectrum Disorder And Sensory Integration - A Closer Look
http://www.autismunited.org/blog/autism-spectrum-disorder-and-sensory-integration-801062.html

Communication, Autism, and Developmental Disabilities
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art49475.asp

Autism Spectrum - Adolescent Issues and Privacy
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art46211.asp

Down Syndrome and Autism Dual Diagnosis
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33178.asp

Autism, Nutrition and Special Diets
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art49724.asp

November 2007 an alert went out warning families of children who use weighted blankets of possible lead contamination.

Twins and Autism Spectrum Disorders
by BellaOnline Twins Editor Kris Bigalk
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art22966.asp

Disability Solutions Newsletter Winter 2005
Don't Touch Me! Working Through Tactile Defensiveness
http://www.disabilitysolutions.org

The Mislabeled Child by Dr. Brock Eide, M.D., and Dr. Fernette Eide, M.D.
How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success

Understanding Your Child's Learning Style by Dr. Brock Eide, M.D., and Dr. Fernette Eide, M.D., Founders of Neurolearning Clinic
Washington Post Online Chat Archives Friday, Aug. 18, 2006
Events, Appearances and Presentations by Dr. Brock Eide, M.D., and Dr. Fernette Eide, M.D.

Oprah - April 2007 - Faces of Autism
http://www.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/200704/tows_past_20070405.jhtml

Browse at Amazon.com for books on Understanding Autism like:

Mother Warriors by Jenny McCarthy

Understanding the Nature of Autism - Travis Thompson

Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism - Communication, Social, and Academic Development

Teaching Children with Autism Strategies for Initiating Positive Interactions and Improving Learning Opportunities

Positive Behavioral Support - Including People with Difficult Behavior in the Community

Learning to Listen - Positive Approaches and People with Difficult Behavior

Communication-Based Intervention for Problem Behavior - A User's Guide for Producing Positive Change

"You're Going to Love this Kid!" - Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

Beyond the Autism Diagnosis - Helping Families

Quick-Guides to Inclusion Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities - Second Edition 2007

Strong Start - Grades K-2 Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum - 2007

Sexuality - Your Sons and Daughters with Intellectual Disabilities

Sensory Integration Tips for Parents

Sensory Integration Information

Sensory Tub and Toys from
Sensory Critters

Autism research at the University of Missouri

Down Syndrome Clinic at the University of Missouri

Attainment Company - All About Autism DVD set

CoTeaching Students with Autism in the Regular Education Classroom

Autism Spectrum - Adolescent Issues and Privacy

Autism Information at BellaOnline.com
http://www.autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com

Down Syndrome and Autism Dual Diagnosis

Books on Autism Spectrum Disorders

We welcome discussion of any of these topics at the SNC forum at
Special Needs Children Discussion
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