Autism Resources for Parents: Living with Autism
If you have an Autistic child or family member, it can be helpful to have resources that shed light on the challenges, opportunities, and questions that life on the autism spectrum can present. There’s perhaps no better source of information for parents and caregivers than the organizations and groups that have formed around Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as rich and complex as the individuals that contribute to them.
We created this list of autism resources for parents with the goal of giving moms, dads, and caregivers a starting point for learning about and engaging with the world of autism. Each of the sources that appears here brings something unique to the ASD community. Whether you’ve only recently started your journey as a caregiver or are an expert in all things autism, we’re certain you’ll find something of value in the resources we’ve compiled. See also Research about Autism and Avatars.
More than anything else, we hope that after reading through these resources, you’ll feel more informed about the world of ASD, more confident about your decisions as a parent or caregiver to a child on the autism spectrum, and more in touch with the wonderful community that has united around the goal of understanding and sharing the experiences and accomplishments of those on the spectrum.
The list below includes ten autism resources for parents, covering a range of topics related to life with autism. You’ll find educational materials, social groups, coaching services, and even nutritional advice for autistics. And that’s just the beginning! We hope these autism resources will help you further your understanding of what living with autism is like and better equip you to support individuals with ASD. These links will connect you to the related websites via our community website at AutismAnimated.com. You do not need to be a member to get the information, and please consider joining for other benefits. We don’t publish advertising and we respect your privacy and inbox.
If you’re looking to learn more about all facets of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the Center for Autism Research is a great place to start. The research institute, an extension of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, offers an array of autism resources for parents and individuals on the ASD spectrum, ranging from diagnosis info to employment advice.
Many Autistic individuals are able to chart a roadmap to personal success through one-on-one coaching. NeuroGuides aims to empower autistic individuals by showing them the advantages of neurodiversity. This 501 (c) (3) registered non-profit provides life coaching for autistic or otherwise neurodivergent adults, helping them navigate complex social situations, find work that suits their individual skill sets, and receive any necessary accommodations from employers.
This resource offers services for individuals across the ASD spectrum but provides support for those with Asperger profiles in particular. A not-for-profit corporation, OurTism organizes social groups, workshops, and activities for individuals with Autism/Asperger profiles. OurTism is currently hosting online events—like yoga and teen game nights—that can be attended remotely.
Offering a mix of personal postings and expert opinions, Cortical Chauvinism is worth a visit for anyone looking for thought-provoking articles at the forefront of autism research and culture. The blog is maintained by Dr. Manuel Casanova, neurologist and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Carolina/Greenville Health Systems.
A membership program for parents and caregivers seeking out information about autism and nutrition, the Autism Nutrition Library provides comprehensive dietary advice based on scholarly research that the organization reviews (journal citations included). The Autism Nutrition Library updates weekly, is mobile-friendly, and even allows members to swap stories and tips through their community forum.
A wide variety of educational resources and no-cost services can be found through Spectrum Suite. With over 10,000 correspondences with autistics informing her work, founder Samantha Craft, who is on the ASD spectrum herself, has made a wealth of interviews, self-advocacy material, and employment resources freely available on her site. Her contributions to autism resources for parents and those on the spectrum of autism is noteworthy and well-respected in the community.
Massachusetts-based non-profit Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) helps state residents with Autism find and adjust to self-directed housing. For site visitors who don’t reside in Massachusetts, AHP provides autistic adults and their families with information on finding housing and developing invaluable life skills.
The University of North Carolina’s TEACCH Autism program encompasses clinical services, employment services, and an abundance of resources from the TEACCH staff. Parents in particular can make use of TEACCH tips, ranging from suggestions for creating structure during the summer months to advice about preparing a autistic child for COVID testing. Caregivers may also be interested in the program’s toy recommendations for autistic children.
Founded in 1974, the Autism Treatment Center has helped over 35,000 families around the globe. The Center’s Son-Rise Program encourages parents to advocate and create an ideal learning environment for their children. To that end, the Center’s knowledge base, easily accessible through the organization’s website, contains over 100 articles relating to autism support, research, and more.
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) gives parents the tools they need to help their autistic children succeed in social settings and relationships, focusing on the areas of communication, awareness, and problem-solving. Additionally, RDI Connect’s community blog contains dozens of articles from both the organization itself and a range of guest authors.
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