My son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 years ago and he is now 6. Here are some great unique resources/products that have been super helpful for him and our family on this special journey. I hope they can be helpful for your family! Please feel free to comment and suggest more resources/products!
Able Eyes uses a variety of techniques to capture real life experiences from several perspectives for the purpose of teaching, exploring, and reducing anxiety of the unknown including resources such as virtual tours of businesses and video modeling of daily living skills.
Autism Navigator, created by the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, is for families of children between birth and age eight with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis or at risk, as well as the providers that support them. Autism Navigator provides resources such as online courses, live webinars, and more.
Autism Speaks – Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Big Red Safety Box
The Big Red Safety Box is a free resource offered to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Big Red Safety box is full of products, information, and resources to help keep children on the spectrum who may be prone to wandering or eloping safe.
Designing Interiors For Autism
When interior designer Wendy Valente’s daughter was diagnosed with autism, she found that creating a sensory space for her daughter helped her overcome some of her challenges. Realizing this type of interior design wasn’t available at a residential level, Wendy started Designing Interiors for Autism, a niche within her full-service interior design business, Live Well Designs.
Laminator for Visual Tools
I create a lot of my own visual schedules as well. This inexpensive laminator has held up well over the last few years and heats up in just a few minutes. Click here for more information on the Zoomyo 9″ hot & cold laminator
Milestones Autism Resources
Milestones Autism Resources develops Tool Kits in response to some of their most frequently asked questions. Tool Kits are a great way to pinpoint more detailed answers and additional suggested resources, and have been developed to assist with your personal planning and navigation of common challenges on topics such as: accessing leisure, challenging behaviors, first diagnosis, school, sleep, toilet training and more.
DHA has been clinically proven to have numerous benefits for the brain and many children on the autism spectrum benefit from it and Nordic Naturals leads the industry. For my son, we use the Children’s DHA Liquid but there are also other options available including gummies. I simply put a small amount on a spoon with a dollop of yogurt on top and because of the berry flavor of the oil, it is unnoticeable.
Click here for more information about Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA
Parenting with Science: Behavior Analysis Saves Mom’s Sanity by Leanne Page
Leanne Page is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Parent Coach, mom of two littles, and best-selling author of Parenting with Science and Enjoy Parenting. Leanne has worked as a special education teacher and director of a behavior analysis center before shifting gears to focus on supporting moms. She now shares the science of behavior with all moms online at ParentingwithABA.org through online courses, membership, coaching, and fun free events all year long.
Take a Break Behavioral Babysitting Service
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Jessica Andrews, founded Take a Break Behavioral Babysitting to offer families of children with exceptional needs access to exceptional babysitters and nannies. Take a Break is a full-service respite service with highly trained staff offering services such as: full-time nannies, part-time nannies, hourly babysitters, overnight care, after-school care, event sitting, travel-vacation services and mother’s helper.
Visual Schedule Kit for Home
Visual Schedules are a must if you have a child with autism. They help with transitions, compliance and time management. This is a wonderful kit that includes everything you need to get started! Click here for more information on Home Bundle Visual Schedule