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15 Indispensible Websites for Parents of Children with Autism

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

    http://www.facebook.com/specialneedsadvisor
    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 [email protected] or else visit our website http://www.spedpad.com

  • Guest

    it is good

    • fcmichigan

      Thank you!

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

    • fcmichigan

      Thank you for your feedback, Jenny!

  • Mishon
  • 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.

  • Thanks for collecting and wonderful community support

  • Aakriti Ghai

    thanx for sharing the sites, i really needed them

    health care news

  • Powerman
  • 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

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  • BrooklynStake Shortt

    I would like to highly recommend the Autistic Toy Store. They specialize in developmental games and toys for children with autism. Visit them at:
    http://autistictoystore.com/

  • Dece Gherardini

    I recommend finding a local therapy/service place. There are many in my
    area, including the award winning SARRC (Southwest Autism Research and
    Resource Center) and the very helpful therapy sites by Arizona Autism
    United (AzAUnited.org). I think interacting with real-life people helps
    tremendously!!! Often there are free or inexpensive training provided
    and those classes are so worth it!

    Best of luck, especially to all parents of newly diagnosed children. It is not easy. It is hard. But the dividends are worth every effort!!

    I
    want to add that if you don’t like or your child does not click with
    the first therapist, get another. It sometimes takes time, but your
    child (and your sanity) are WORTH IT!! 🙂

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  • lisa

    i am looking for a spanish speaking online autism support group for a friend…any ideas?

  • Jyothirmayee Kidambi

    Hi
    I just joined. I live in Hyderabad, Telangana India. I am PhD in Psychology and now seriously pursuing astrology. I wanted to know if the developmental interventions can be planned and if their success or failure is any way related to the celestial drama that unfolds. Can anyone suggest where I can get basic details of the children?

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  • Charlotte Olson

    http://www.suziebooks.co.uk A series of children’s stories intended to help children cope with new situations found in most families.

  • Christine
  • Talie

    There is a new podcast called Autism 30 website: autism30.com
    2 podcasts a month and have already been heard in 83 countries.
    It’s also available on ITunes, Twitter, Facebook, Google +

  • Ana Lora Garrard

    Hi! I just wanted to let anyone know who might be interested, that my nineteen year old son Canyon and I have co-written a book together about his life journey–an experience filled with love, courage, and an autism diagnosis! Our book is called, “Love, Canyon: A Journey Beyond the Autism Label” and we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to publish it. Please check it out. If you do make a donation, you receive “rewards” … including copies of the book!

  • Helix

    Please help 12 year old Jeremy who has Austism. https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/cfmb/the-jeremy-fund

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  • LM

    Hi! I am a mother of a 3 1/2 year old who was diagnosed with mild autism spectrum disorder. He was receiving ABA therapy and is now in a special school program. He is doing well but I want to do more. Has anyone tried a gluten free (and/or dairy free diet) for their child?

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  • Tammy

    Hello my name is Tammy and I help parents understand autism I am 53 years old and I like to help parents to understand autism. Autism is a sensory and delayed learning in brain processing of information.

  • Tammy

    I have autism I have high functioning autism this means I can formulate words very well and I have good motor skills I still stem at times and talk out loud to myself.

  • Judy Lamber Bell

    I would like to recommend my blog http://www.theautismfamily.com – I blog about things I’ve learned so far along our Autism journey. I have 2 children with Autism and another going through the system.

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  • Michele

    hi everyone
    I have 2 children that has ADHD and autism
    and 1 of them also has a seizure disorder
    I don’t know what to do anymore

    • fcmichigan

      Hi Michele, please be sure to connect with us on social media, as well as follow these amazing resource pages we included in the blog post! If you’d like to reach out further please feel free to contact us!

    • Nicole matu

      Be pacient be string and have a hope i am in The dame boat and i never give Up

  • fcmichigan

    Thank you!

  • Haley

    I recommend viewing a glimpse of the world as they may see it. My husband’s diagnosis with Autism was the catalyst for his exploration of his fixation with numbers, the identity and overlooked beauty in negative spaces and the translation of that concept at a micro level.

    After an initial uninterrupted glance at this art work; zoom in to one quadrant, zoom out, zoom in to another quadrant, zoom out, repeat zooming in and out until you have viewed all quadrants. Finally, zoom out and allow yourself embrace the feelings for what you are viewing.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/853572935594798745/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/853572935594798746/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/853572935594798805/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/853572935594798751/

    This is the first time my husband’s art and diagnosis has been shared online, I ask for your support and encouragement through his next chapter. He has spent years trying to show the others what he sees and feels with his experience from Autism. My hope is that this provides you with insight into Autism/Asperger’s without the need for an explanation as you love, care for, support, encourage and guide one another.

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  • Ally Cormack

    does anyone know of any groups in new westminster bc or in the lower mainland to help me be a better parent to my autistic child?

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