One of the things we are looking to do more at Shaping Change is finding and creating resources for families. Having a list of resources can be a big help. This is especially true if your child has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Your list of resources might look very different compared to another family with a child, teen, or adult with autism. Why? Well, mainly because everyone is unique and autism looks different for every family. This is not one of those “one size fits most” scenarios. With that said, it’s important to keep in mind that you are not alone. There are a lot of resources, support, and helping hands ready to assist you and your family. In this post, I want to share helpful ASD resources and support available for anyone touched by autism.
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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism is a developmental disability that can impair social interaction, communication, and behavior. Individuals with autism may learn in different ways and have varying symptoms and challenges.
ASD Resources To Check Out:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides information about what autism is, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, among a lot of other information. It can be a great starting point to learn more about what autism is.
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities also known as (CARD) provides support and assistance throughout Florida. The various CARD offices are associated with universities and serve counties in their surrounding areas. CARD can help individuals with autism and their families access services and support.
- UM/NSU CARD serves Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties.
- FAU CARD serves Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties.
Autism Society of Florida
The Autism Society of Florida is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to empower the lives of individuals with autism and their family. Their site provides information on autism, advocacy, and helpful resources.
Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System
The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is a project of the Florida Department of Education that provides diagnostic services to individuals and families who may be eligible for Exceptional Student Education (ESE). FDLRS serves four functions to help students and families. They help from diagnosis to determine eligibility for services in school to assistive technologies in the classroom.
Dan Marino Foundation
The Dan Marino Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with different programs available to young adults with autism. Their campus is in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They help build a variety of skills such as job skills and social skills.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is one of the treatment options available for individuals with autism. ABA therapy helps to build skills and improve challenging behaviors through evidence-based strategies and individualized treatment plans. If you need help getting started with any of the services we provide, including ABA, contact us today. We would love to schedule a complimentary consultation!
Sensory Items For Autism
Some individuals with autism have difficulties with sensory, where they may experience the sense in a different way. Sensory items can help. It’s important to find out what your child’s sensory needs might be when looking for sensory items. Here are a few:
Having resources at your disposal can help you better prepare for the transitions and changes from diagnosis to adulthood. I encourage you to do additional research in your local area to start building your list of resources to meet the needs of your family.