Autism Research Institute

The institute is devoted to conducting and disseminating research information related to autism and other childhood disorders. ARI publishes an excellent quarterly publication, The Autism Research Review International” presenting current developments in biomedical and educational research. I appreciate reading it, to help keep up with current developments.

Autism Society of America

This website provides resources to learn about autism, parent support and advocacy, and to learn what is happening in autism research.

Biomedical Invention Links

Beyond Autism

An amazing website ran by a parent of a child with autism. It has over 2700 links related to the many facets of autism, look in the “favorite links” section. The site is especially strong in information about PECS and communication.

Carol Gray Social Stories

Social Stories are a social learning tool that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with autism of all ages. The people who develop Social Stories are referred to as Authors, and they work on behalf of a child, adolescent, or adult with autism, the Audience.

Dana’s View From the Inside

A site written by a mother of children on the autism spectrum. Dana shares that she also qualifies as having AS. This site contains a large amount of information and links.

Floortime/DIR Links

I Need Help ® Communication Bracelets

I need help.® Communication Bracelets are used across the world in learning environments by students and staff and also the health industry by Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language clinics, hospitals, medical patients, group, nursing, assistive living homes and families. Bracelets are also used by deaf citizens, people who travel, assistive technology companies.

Medline- Autism Links

Links to autism research and information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health

National Autism Association

OASIS @ MAAP

“This web site provides articles, educational resources, links to local, national and international support groups, sources of professional help, lists of camps and schools, conference information, recommended reading, and moderated support message boards. The web site resources are an addition to the annual conference, newsletter email and phone support provided by MAAP Services.”

Sandbox Learning

“Success Stories are customizable stories on social, safety, and daily living skills for children with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD, Fragile X Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. Safety and social skills are presented in engaging stories that focus on positive ways to manage feelings, act safely, and use social skills in a variety of situations. Individual social and safety concerns are further addressed by customizing the stories for the child. Customize the child’s appearance based on gender, hair style and color, eye color, skin tone, glasses, and method of communication. Alter the text to personalize the story’s content. Additional ideas for academic and language skill development are included with each book.”

The P.LA.Y. Project

“The PLAY Project is a unique, multifaceted, community-based autism training and early intervention center in Michigan with a mission to help parents and professionals learn effective, low cost and efficient ways to provide intensive (15-25 hours per week) intervention programming for young children with autism.” Therapy is based on the DIR model focusing on play, communication and sensory integration. They also provide training and materials. One of the items that is available on this site, is a training CD-ROM that has received high marks from several of the parents on the Floortime Yahoo Group.

Sensory Products

Tinsnips

Tinsnips is a site for special education resources. It contains tools for teachers and parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and other children with special needs.

Articles

Eye Contact Triggers Threat Signals in Autistic Children’s Brains

This is why people need to be inviting and make it fun for children with autism to make visual contact. Visual contact can’t be forced or it will increase these children’s stress level.

Physical Exercise and Autism

“Despite its many benefits, exercise is often overlooked by parents due to their own inactive lifestyle or being too busy. But when physical exercise is cheap, safe, and healthy, it should be one of the first interventions for a child on the autism spectrum. Motivating your child may be difficult at first, and you may need to shape the exercise around an interest they have. Once it forms part of the child’s routine, motivation is usually no longer a problem.”

Parents’ Journals/Writings about Children with Autism

Hidden Laughter One Child’s Journey Through Autism

Jacob’s Story: A Miracle of the Heart