"Dear ASBC, the iPad has been an amazing gift for the students here at Angevine. We use it almost every period. Students who are not able to talk find it incredibly valuable when taking tests, working in a group or communicating with the general education teacher. The immediate accessibility to what is happening in the classroom in the moment is amazing. Having the iPad creates a whole new level of inclusion.Thank you for thinking of us. The gift of the iPad does more to help kids with autism than I can possibly describe."

- Lynn Wysolmierski, Angevine Middle School, Lafayette

Where to Start

 

When your child receives a diagnosis-Every parent and each child on the spectrum is different. There are many therapy, recreation and parenting options.  A few examples of therapy include ABA, RDI, Floortime, The Denver Model and TEACCH, among others. Such treatment requires multiple hours of therapy per week to address behavioral, developmental and/or educational goals.

Additional speech, occupational, vision and physical therapy may be added, as well as a host of complimentary therapies like therapeutic riding, music and art therapy. Many families try special diets, supplements and other strategies often referred to as biomedical intervention, and we have included links to online support groups if you are interested in learning more about how to execute those programs.

Clearly, if you are just starting down this path, these decisions can be daunting. Autism Speaks has developed a tool they call the “100 Day Kit.” Designed with families in mind who have just received an autism diagnosis for their child, the kit helps families understand what they need to do first to get on-track and access the best resources possible. The information is in PDF form at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit

The Colorado Department of Human Services has created an invaluable guide on early intervention for infants, toddlers and families. It can be accessed at www.eicolorado.org

Another valuable source to consult in order to understand the current treatment protocol adopted by most pediatricians is from the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” — the last link found at the bottom of the page at http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/autism.cfm

When you, as an adult receive a diagnosisIf you have been diagnosed with autism as an adult you may or may not want to look into therapeutic options.  ASBC has several support groups for adults on the spectrum.  Others in similar situations can be helpful when deciding what if any outside help you may need. Please check our calendar and our Facebook for times and places.

An excellent online source for information is the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) http://autisticadvocacy.org/. ASAN is "a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to advance civil rights, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends."