Autism Spectrum Disorder Resource Guide

Autism has gained a lot of attention over the last few years as new research and studies have expanded our understanding of this challenging disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 1 in 59 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism. We have prepared a comprehensive list of resources that can help autistic families find information, support and tools for raising a child on the autism spectrum.

National Organizations and Networks Supporting Autism

American Autism Association

1-877-654-GIVE


The American Autism Association is a not-for-profit organization providing support to individuals and families affected by autism. It also offers educational resources and therapeutic athletic programs for all age groups, and strives to increase public awareness of the autism spectrum disorder and its challenges.

National Autism Association

1-877-622-2884


The National Autism Association is a non-profit organization ran by parents. Its mission is to address critical and urgent issues affecting the autism community by focusing on policy advocacy, education, research, and creating awareness and hope. The organization also offers direct tools to assist families, schools and service agencies dealing with autism.

Autism Society

1-800-3AUTISM


The Autism Society and its network of local affiliates provide education, information, referrals, and advocacy on national, state and local level to individuals and families impacted by autism. The society also hosts an annual national conference attended by hundreds of people each year.

Julia's Friends

925-338-9927


Julia's Friends is an autism social network for families, where members can connect with each other, join various groups, search for autism service providers, and post questions on the network's forums. The site also has a blog featuring information on autism-related news, events and research.

The Asperger / Autism Network (AANE)

617-393-3824


AANE provides education, advocacy and resources to individuals of all ages affected by autism and their families and friends. The Network also has a wealth of information for professionals such as teachers, employers and therapists who may work with individuals with autism or Asperger.

Autism Speaks 

1-888-288-4762


This organizations' mission is to provide advocacy and support to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Autism Speaks also works to promote better understanding of the autism spectrum disorder and supports research for future autism solutions. They also have lots of information on the topic of assistive technology and digital devices for people with autism.

Mobile Apps for Individuals with Autism

Proloquo2Go

This augmentative communication app allows the user to communicate with images and symbols only, images and text, or keyboard inputs. It features multiple voice options and language support, and it is easy to customize to match the needs and abilities of the user. It is only available for Apple devices.

Birdhouse - for Autism

This app allows caregivers of individuals with autism to keep up with daily tasks, health stats and behaviors by updating an activity timeline. As data accumulates, the user can compare behaviors and find patterns, which makes it easier to implement routine changes in response.  

Children with Autism: A visual schedule


This app allows a caretaker to create a visual schedule of daily tasks and then send it to a wearable device to alert the wearer when a certain task is supposed to begin or occur. The schedule can be created with preloaded or custom icons and images. Only available for Apple devices.

LetMeTalk: Free AAC Talker

The AAC Talker enables users to use a string of images to compose and communicate messages. The app comes with more than 9,000 simple images and it allows for the addition of custom images and photos captured with the device camera.

Autism Parenting Magazine

Apple Store | Google Play Store

This is the app counterpart of the printed Autism Parenting Magazine tailored for parents caring for autistic children. Monthly issues deliver news, advice, tips, research information and stories shared by individuals and families affected by autism.

Teaching Resources for Educators and Care Takers

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Autism Tank

Hailey is a special ed teacher with 10 years of experience with autistic students. She works as autism specialist assisting other teachers with their interactions with special needs students. Her blog features advice and tools for other educators, such as downloadable activity sheets and interactive books.

Autism Adventures

Melissa is a special education teacher, who uses her blog to share tips and techniques to make fellow teachers more successful with teaching autistic students. She offers a wealth of resources and information on topics such as academics, behavior, communication and organizational skills.

Bestselling Books on Autism and Related Disorders

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia


Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is a nutritionist and a parent of a child with learning disabilities. Her book examines the correlation between nutrition and certain mental and learning disorders. In addition to this book, she has been published in many publications and has been a presenter at many conferences and seminars in the field of learning disabilities and nutrition.

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders


Dr. Robert Melillo educates parents on how to use behavior modification and other exercises in order to achieve long term improvements to the academic, behavioral, emotional and social aspects of an autistic child's daily life.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism


Written by Barry M. Prizant, this book was a winner of the Autism Society of America’s Dr. Temple Grandin Award for the Outstanding Literary Work in Autism. The author offers a new perspective on how to view autism. Rather than focusing on fixing the autistic behaviors, Prizant suggests that we should emphasize the abilities and capitalize on the strengths of an autistic person in order to improve their quality of life.

Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed


Tyler McNamer is a young man who has been diagnosed with autism. He wrote this book at the age of 17, sharing his thoughts and detailed personal experiences of living with the disorder. The book offers hope and encouragement to other individuals and families affected by autism.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism


A New York Times bestseller, this book was written by Naoki Higashida, a 13-year old Japanese who has severe autism. Published in more than 30 languages, the book offers the reader a unique view of the autistic mind. Naoki has written several other books with poems, essays and children stories.

Research and News Sites for Autism

Spectrum


This site is one of the leading sources of news, analysis and professional commentary on the latest in autism research. The site features news articles, special reports, webinars, wikis, as well as in-depth analysis by autism spectrum disorder experts.

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Social Media Support on Autism

You can find tons of autism-related chatter and information on Twitter by searching for the following hashtags:

Facebook also has a wealth of groups dedicated to sharing resources and & discussing autism-related topics.

Products and Toys for Children with Autism and Learning Disabilities

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I Can Do It! My Daily Checklist

This colorful chart helps children keep track of their daily responsibilities. When a task is complete, the child can place a star in the "I did it!" column. The set includes labels for over 30 popular tasks as well as some blank labels that can be customized.

Socially Speaking Game

This game can help children with autism and social interaction difficulties learn and practice their communication skills. The game focuses on such skills as listening, turn talking, asking questions, expressing emotions, and making phone calls.

Sentence Building Game

This game set includes interlocking cards with words and photos that can be used to construct sentences. It promotes reading, grammar and communication skills learning.

b-Calm Headphones

This headphone system comes with comfortable noise reduction earmuffs and white noise and soothing nature tracks that can help calm and refocus children that are prone to over stimulation by external noises.

Cocoon Swing

Over stimulated children can take refuge inside this soothing Cocoon swing. Made from durable yet smooth Lycra fabric, the swing is also tailored to individuals with heightened touch sensitivity.