Autism Resources and Information

The autism spectrum encompasses a range of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism and Asperger syndrome, generally known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Individuals on the autistic spectrum experience difficulties with social communication and interaction and also exhibit restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Symptoms are typically recognized between one and two years of age. However, a lot of children are not finally diagnosed until they are older. — Wikipedia

Fact Sheets
Autism Spectrum Disorder Communication Problems in Children
CDC: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder
National Autism Association: About Autism
National Institute of Mental Health Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder
NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Services: About Autism
National Institute of Neurological Disorders Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Websites
ABA Resources for Recovery from Autism

There are many options for treating children with autism and related disorders. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one of many options to treat children with autism. It uses structure and reinforcement, together with precise teaching techniques, provided at a very high level of intensity. This website, developed by the father of a child with autism, is an extensive, well-organized guide to ABA resources on the Internet.

Autism Network International (ANI)
ANI is “an autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people.” Its website includes information about the organization and its services, personal views of autism by some of its members, and related links.

Autism Parenting Magazine
Autism Parenting Magazine is an award-winning publication aimed at improving the quality of life for families affected by autism. Their focus is on objectively publishing autism-related topics, events, developments, treatments, and news stories.

Autism Research Institute (ARI)
ARI’s mission is to support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research and education.  Its website includes a wide range of information, with a focus on research about new and controversial treatments. Free Online Webinars provide Autism education for individuals, parents, and professionals.

Autism Speaks
Dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families…through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.       

Autism Society of America (ASA)
ASA provides advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and the community at national, state, and local levels through their strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

Geek Club Books – Autism Storytelling
Autism storytelling for hope and change. Igniting hearts and opening minds through Autism stories. Geek Club Books is committed to creating a world where autistic individuals are fully accepted, valued, and have a voice.

TEACCH
TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped CHildren) is a state program in North Carolina whose website includes some excellent information for teachers of students with autism.

Wrong Planet Forums
Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents/professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more.

For related subjects see:
• Asperger’s Syndrome

Hyperlexia
Neurological Disorders
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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