15 Indispensible Websites for Parents of Children with Autism

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According to the latest statistics, 1 in 88 children are on the autistic spectrum, including 1 in 54 boys. It’s a disorder that’s still not entirely understood, and even within the community of parents of children with autism and educators who work with them, there are still disagreements about what therapies and treatments work best.

For parents, finding ways to help with everything from diagnosis to coping is vital. Here’s a list of 15 great resources  that parents of children with autism should be aware of:

1. Autism Support Groups

It is very important for families dealing with autism to have an outlet, such as other parents who are going through the same thing. This site connects them to groups both online and in their area that can offer that type of support.

2. AutismNOW

AutismNOW should be the first place you look for the latest news, research and information on autism.

3. MyAutismTeam

MyAutismTeam is a social network for parents of kids with autism.

4. Care.com

Care.com is a great place to find a caregiver.

5. Dads 4 Special Kids

This is a group for fathers of special-needs children, who can share their stories with others who understand the challenges they’re facing.

6. Autism…Learn

This site allows people, including children, with autism to complete online activities geared toward helping them develop vital skills.

7. Autism on the Seas

Parents of special-needs children know how difficult it can be to plan a vacation. This site is dedicated to helping parents of children with autism map out their getaways, whether they’re cruises or camping trips.

8. Atypical Child

Atypical Child functions sort of like a Craigslist for parents of special needs children. You can list and buy gently used therapy equipment.

9. Bloom and Grow

Being a caregiver can be a rewarding, but also often a difficult and humbling task. This site shares products, strategies and tips for how to help your loved one and cope with the great demands that are put upon you each day.

10. Healing Thresholds

This site offers daily updates on autism news and research, including new therapies being used to address the disorder.

11. Make Friends With Autism

This group is dedicated to fostering more understanding of autism spectrum disorders and encouraging families to reach out to others with ASD.

12. Parent Coaching for Autism

Parents of both newly diagnosed children with autism and those who were diagnosed years ago can benefit from this site, sharing ideas for therapies, coping mechanisms and medical benefits through e-courses and newsletters.

13. Autism Blogs Directory

This site offers a comprehensive list of blogs that are written by and for families dealing with autism. It’s easy to get lost in reading their stories when you’re supposed to be working, so be careful!

14. Autism in Action

AiA specializes in offering how-to teaching programs that can help your child with virtually any task, from basic self-care to better communication.

15. Autism Calendar

This is a terrific resource that lists upcoming autism-related events in your local community. You can even add your own event to the calendar.

Adrienne is the proud mother of two girls, one of whom is autistic. She wrote this post to try and help other parents find the same relief she has found from a variety of online resources. She enjoys her life as a freelance writer and blogger, which gives her the time and flexibility to be a stay at home parent who can always whip up something for her daughters in her Xtrema cookware.

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  • kim

    Having such a hard time joining MyAutismTeam. I’ve tried several different cities and it keeps saying my city and state don’t match up…..so frustrated.

    • fambam

      I was just having that same frustrating problem 2 days ago. hope glitch gets worked out soon.

  • Scott Jongekrijg

    Please take a look at http://www.autismunlocked.com. Designed and administered by an experienced ASD teacher. The site features a free blog and resource page with lots of ASD strategies and programs. A members only (only $30/year) with a conversation game designed to teach basic conversation skills.

  • R LaRue

    I would also highly recommend the Association for Science in Autism Treatment website (http://www.asatonline.org/). They are an organization that exists to help parents navigate the different treatments for autism. They are a useful resource in that they explain which treatments have science to support them and which ones don’t.

  • Cindy Fisher

    I have a blog that targets the 18 and over needs, including transition from high school. Please check it out! I will also be offering a smartphone app in 2014 to help with independence in the community. http://www.smartsteps4me.com

  • Douglas O. Baker

    Probably the most complete Lifespan picture you will find. A parent of an adult child with Autism, national speaker and consulting expert as well as a financial advisor understanding the complicated intersections of money and special needs planning…

  • Jennifer Greening

    We needed a babysitter for our three children–and one of our children has special needs. At the care.com website I had several local girls reply to my request for a babysitter.

    I highly recommend this site because I could be clear about my daughter’s/family’s needs and we found someone great to watch our children when we go out!

    • Ashwin Sri

      Hi Jennifer, Thats great there is someone to take care of your Child with Special Needs. Here me being a part of a Organization Called Spedpad.com where we help special children .Therapist recommend Sped pad, parents love the
      personalized learning methods.(Primary aim of the SpEd Pad
      is to make learning interactive and fun for the SPECIALS)

      you can mail me at ashwin@spedpad.com or else visit our website http://www.spedpad.com

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  • Deb Gray

    I’d recommend http://www.child1st.com for reading and math materials. They market their resources as not just being for kids with autism but they do work super well with kids on the spectrum. Lots of hands-on activities and visuals!

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  • http://twitter.com/JennyEvolution The Jenny Evolution

    I would recommend parents of children with Autism also visit http://www.thesensoryspectrumblog.com which focuses on the sensory challenges.

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  • Martin Pearson

    Hi Great Information,

    I would recommend parents of children with Autism & other Special Needs also visit: http://specialneedsplanning.net/

  • Nancy Peske

    And don’t forget sensorysmartparent.com for encouragement and information for parents of kids with sensory issues!

  • Nancy Peske

    Don’t forget SensorySmartparent.com for info and encouragement, for parents of kids with sensory processing issues!

  • Josie Dovidio

    Consider visiting http://www.sharingmom.com which offers free gluten-free, casein-free and egg-free recipes as well as other tips for autism spectrum disorders.

  • http://www.Maluslabs.com/ Dairen Wilcox

    Thanks for collecting and wonderful community support

  • Aakriti Ghai

    thanx for sharing the sites, i really needed them

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  • Lindsey Dunn

    Please check out http://www.stageslearning.com – we sell the popular Language Builder Cards, but we also have a great blog that features topics ranging from autism and language to blending hands on and digital learning. You can find the blog here: http://blog.stageslearning.com/blog

    We are also building out our Free Resource page, where parents and therapists can download Flash cards and ABA data tracking sheets to use right away. http://www.stageslearning.com/pages/free-resources