Information for Parents of Newly-Diagnosed Children

    • Advocates for Special Kids (ASK)
      A non-profit organization formed by a dedicated group of advocate-parent volunteers, ASK works to help other parents understand special education

    • All About ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis)
      ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) is one of the most effective and most fully-researched autism treatments available. Researchers at the Lovaas Institute offer in-depth answers to questions about the theory and practice of ABA

    • Association for Science in Autism Treatment
      This site is devoted to evaluating treatment methods for autism based on scientific research

    • Autism-PDD Resource Network
      Provides a wide range of information on treatment options and other resources

    • Autism Resources (John Wobus’ Site)
      Comprehensive list of links to all topics related to autism

    • Cerebral Palsy Guidance
      About 7% of children with cerebral palsy also have autism. This site is a helpful resource for families who have a child with a CP diagnosis, including symptom and treatment information and daily living tips.

    • Operation Autism
      This site is designed specifically for military families who have children diagnosed with ASD. A great resource that provides information about navigating military health insurance, and unique tips for these families.

    • Wrightslaw
      Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys can refer to this site for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities

National Organizations

    • Association for Behavior Analysis
      Homepage of the Association of Behavior Analysis

    • Autism Society of America
      Provides an overview and comparison of treatment approaches and allows you to access local ASA Chapters’ sites

    • Autism Speaks
      Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to parents’ concerns and take action to address the needs of children and families with autism.

    • California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA)
      The mission of CalABA is to promote the science and theory of behavior analysis through the support of research, education and practice

    • California Department of Education (Special Education section)
      Information and resources serving the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet and/or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills

    • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
      CDC provides comprehensive information regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders, including research, data, articles, and free materials for families.

    • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
      The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice

    • Families for Early Autism Treatment
      Sacramento Chapter: This site provides information about FEAT and allows you to access local FEAT Chapters’ sites

    • National Autism Center
      The National Autism Center provides a free online parent manual that gives comprehensive information about ASD and other related conditions, as well as a run down of a variety of evidence-based treatments.

    • National Library of Medicine
      Research Database: This site provides information on thousands of articles on autism (among other topics). Just type “autism” in the search field

    • TeachTown, Inc.

    • The Schafer Autism Report
      Page to sign up for newsletter covering autism research and treatment

    • Surgeon General’s Report on Autism
      This site provides general information on autism with treatment recommendations

    • UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)
      CART continues to play a leading role, both nationally and internationally, in developing an improved understanding of the biological basis and neurobehavioral mechanisms of autism

    • Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
      A national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers

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