- What is autism and what causes it?
- What are the symptoms of autism?
- How is it diagnosed?
- What is the prognosis?
- What is the risk for other family members or future babies?
- What treatments/therapies/medications are recommended or available?
- How will my child and our family be impacted?
- Are vaccines to blame for autism?
- Our pediatrician is concerned about our child’s development and has recommended a formal autism evaluation. Would there be any harm in waiting to see if he outgrows his language and social delays?
- My child is receiving special education services with an Asperger or PDD-NOS diagnosis, will these services continue or do we need to get re-evaluated?
Our pediatrician is concerned about our child’s development and has recommended a formal autism evaluation. Would there be any harm in waiting to see if he outgrows his language and social delays?
My child is receiving special education services with an Asperger or PDD-NOS diagnosis, will these services continue or do we need to get re-evaluated?
Autism Parent Focus Group ( 22 KB)
Read what parents of children with autism have to say about getting a diagnosis, the impact on siblings, where parents get information, and the financial impact on families. The transcript is from a focus group in July 2009 in Utah.
Family to Family Network Support, Utah
Networking site for families of children with special health care needs in Utah.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (DOE)
A large resource library related to children with disabilities. Parent Centers in every state provide training to parents of children with disabilities. Lists local conferences, support groups, advocacy tips, and suggestions for finding schools and other local services; Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
Utah Parent Center
A non-profit organization that provides training, information, referral, and assistance to parents of children and youth with all disabilities including physical, mental, hearing, vision, learning, behavioral, and emotional. Staff consists primarily of parents of children and youth with disabilities.
Helping You Through the Evaluation Process of Your Child with a Possible Autism Spectrum Disorder
A map for parents and caregivers to assist understanding of the process of evaluation and the appropriate services and therapies. Written by the partner organizations of Utah Autism Initiative.
A good site for basic information for parents and physicians about Asperger's Disorder, written by a clinical psychologist in Michigan.
Asperger Syndrome (MedlinePlus)
From National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, the site offers many links to high-quality sources of information for patients and their families. The Asperger's page is short.
Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)
A nonprofit organization that provides information, lists of conferences, suggested readings, and articles about evidence-based autism treatments for clinicians and parents.
From the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health, offers a brief overview and numerous links to high-quality sources of information for patients and their families.
Autism Council of Utah
An independent council working to foster collaboration, communication, and learning among families and agencies in Utah. Site offers information, resources, and links aimed at families of children with autism. They offer grants of up to $5,000 to enable each person of any age who has autism or a related disorder, and their families, to have access to resources and responsible information.
Autism Information Center (CDC)
Parent-oriented information regarding autism spectrum disorders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with focused information on early warning signs and vaccines and autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (healthychildren.org)
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, information about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Autism Society of America
The ASA promotes autism awareness and is dedicated to providing information regarding research, treatment, advocacy, and family support throughout the lifespan.
A national organization dedicated to promoting autism-related research. The web site provides information regarding fundraising for specific research projects as well as general parent information regarding autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Speaks - Technology and Autism
Communication applications for those with autism spectrum disorders. For individuals with autism, some new technologies can improve communication, assist in the development of social skills, and enhance the ability to learn.
Part of QuackWatch, an online "Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions." Provides reliable information and links about proposed causes of autism and treatments, and lists of reliable and not reliable web sites for more information.
Considerations when Looking for Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (ACU)
Thoughtful suggestions for selecting services for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This was developed by a collaborative group through the Utah Autism Initiative and hosted by the Autism Council of Utah (ACU). The suggestions are also helpful when looking for services for other conditions.
Different Roads to Learning
On-line catalogs specializing in learning materials and playthings for children with developmental disabilities, including autism. Focus on ABA resources.
Commercial site offering information, training, and resources for families, teachers, and professionals for dealing with autism.
Kidstar Sumer Camp for Children with Autism (UNI)
Day camp for children 8-16 to learn social skills and build self-esteem, from the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). Campers are paired with buddies who model appropriate behaviors.
Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS)
Known as the OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support) and MAAP site, includes up-to-date information relevant to all higher-functioning PDDs, including Asperger disorder, high-functioning autism, and PDDNOS.
Sesame Street and Autism
With the help people who live with autism, families of kids with autism, and people who serve our autism community, the makers of Sesame Street have created a nationwide autism initiative. This initiative is a way to help people better understand autism and offer families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. The website has helpful videos, stories, and printable daily routine cards for social experiences.
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Special Education Services
Official site of Utah State Board of Education's Special Education Services program. Leadership and support for educators, parents, and students with disabilities receiving special education and related services throughout Utah public schools and communities.
Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver Program
The Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver is a program to assist children ages 2-5 who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The waiver provides in-home services using treatment methods that have been proven to be effective. Approx. 200 children will be covered throughout the program which ends in June 2014. Please join our listserv to receive open enrollment and other important information.
Resources and Materials (UPC)
The Utah Parent Center (UPC) web site provides information about school services and processes in English and Spanish, as well as many other resources.
Utah Autism System Development
The Utah Bureau of CSHCN is bringing together agencies and advocates who influence the statewide system of services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.
Yale Child Study Center Autism Research Studies
The Yale Child Study Center is recruiting patients for multiple autism-related studies.
Utah Autism Initiative (UAI)
A multi-agency committee made up of state agency representatives and parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Created by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) in 1997, the UAI objectives are to: Foster communication amongst the agencies which provide services for those with ASD; Increase awareness of the services being offered and the gaps in these services; Make recommendations to improve the quality of life and outcomes for individuals with ASD Dr Harper Randall, pediatrician and a medical director at the UDOH, chairs this committee: harperrandall[at]utah.gov.
Autism Program at Yale
Information about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and Asperger's syndrome with links to research and resources.
Autism Research Institute
Information about autism, autism research, free webinars for parents and professionals, and other resources.
Interactive Autism Network FAQ
Information about the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) diagnosis, the history of the diagnosis, the benefits of having a diagnosis, the difference between screening and assessment, and more.
100 Day Kit (81 pgs) (Autism Speaks)
Downloadable family-oriented guide from Autism Speaks. Offers an overview of ASDs and aims to help parents organize and prioritize their approach to seeking services for their child. Practical information is provided emphasizing advocacy and family support. Several forms are available to assist in the organization of medical records and tracking the effectiveness of treatments.
100 Day Kit, Spanish (84 pgs) (Autism Speaks)
Family-oriented guide, in Spanish, from Autism Speaks, downloadable from the linked site. Offers an overview of ASDs and aims to help parents organize and prioritize their approach to seeking services for their child. Practical information is provided emphasizing advocacy and family support. Several forms are available to assist in the organization of medical records and tracking the effectiveness of treatments.
Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (AAPC)
This expanded edition of the bestselling AAPC classic offers both parents and professionals tried-and-true solutions to minimize and circumvent the often frightening circumstances that surround the rage cycle – not only for the child with Asperger Syndrome but others in the environment as well. Available for purchase from AAPC publishing.
Autism Fact Sheet (NINDS)
Detailed information about autism and resources; from the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke.
Autism Fact Sheet, Spanish (NINDS)
From the National Institue of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, A Parent's Guide (NIMH)
The link takes you to the National Institute of Mental Health website, from which the 27 page autism booklet may be downloaded at no cost.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know (AAP)
An invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (320 pages). Prepared under the editorial direction of two distinguished pediatricians who are autism experts, this book helps you understand how ASDs are defined and diagnosed and provides information on the most current types of behavioral and developmental therapies. Available from the American Academy of Pediatrics bookstore for $14.95 ($12.95 for members).
Translated Autism Resources (VFN)
Vermont Department of Health Autism Fact Sheet and Learn the Signs: Act Early Autism Fact Sheet, each translated into multiple languages; hosted by the Vermont Family Network (VFN).
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders Pamphlet (AAP)
Family-oriented information pamphlet (44 pgs), available from the American Academy of Pediatrics bookstore for $40 for a package of 10 ($35 for members).
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Studies Related to Autism (clinicaltrials.gov)
A current list of clinical trials (active, recruiting, and recently completed) of autism and related conditions.
|Author:||Deborah Bilder, MD - 3/2012|
|Compiled and edited by:||URLEND Trainees, 2011-2012 - 3/2012|
|Content Last Updated:||11/2015|