Autism and Families
Original Air Date: 4/22/2010
Autism and Families
April is national Autism month. A diagnosis Of Autism puts enormous stress on a family. Hopes, dreams and plans must be re-evaluated and changed. Familial relationships must be taught and orchestrated. On this episode of Northwest Now, we discuss how families cope, and we pay a little extra attention to Dad.
Carrie Sheppard, M.Ed., Family Therapist
Dr. Alan Gill, Parent
Bruce & Valerie Brenner, Parents
Resources for Families
American Academy of Pediatrics - Washington Chapter
Education and advocacy for children and young people.
Arc of Washington
Strives to improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.
Autism Consulting Cadre - ESD 112
Consultation services to assist in the development of appropriate education programs for students with autism - assists with certain types of assessment, such as FBAs; training activities for staff and parents; resources for staff and parents; and legally defensible IEPs.
Autism Outreach Project
Provides information, dissemination of demographic data, referrals, and training on best practices in identification and program development for students with autism spectrum disorders to Washington families, schools, and agencies.
Autism Society of Washington
Promotes opportunities for individuals to be fully included, participating members of their communities through support to families, advocacy, public awareness, education, and dissemination of current research elated to autism.
Raises public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society.
Center for Children with Special Needs - Seattle Children's Hospital
Provides information to families and professionals focusing on children who have chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions such as asthma, cancer, autism, or cerebral palsy.
Children with Special Health Care Needs Coordinators
Local health departments contract with this program to provide activities linking families of children with special health care needs to appropriate programs and services, such as information about medical coverage options and sources of financial support, including Social Security.
Easter Seals of Washington
Helping children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities achieve their full individual potential and future independence.
Educational Service Districts
For children age 3 years and older, the local school district will assist with helping special needs children have the best academic experience possible.
Family to Family Health Information Center
Individual information on how to advocate for your child in the health care system and provides referrals to resources available in Washington state.
Supports fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities.
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT)of Washington
Serves families of children with autism and their educators by blending family and community resources into one dynamic nonprofit organization.
Information, tools, and resources that support a medical home for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
Parent to Parent
Emotional support and information to families of children with special needs and/or disabilities.
Parent Help 123
Connecting you and your family to food and health resources.
Parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities.
Washington Autism Advocacy
Grassroots statewide coalition of families with children affected by autism spectrum disorders striving to create positive change through advocacy and legislation.
Washington State Local Health Departments
Find resources and learn more about being healthy within your local community.
Public Lending Library-Free
Contains over 1,100 books, videos, DVDs, and curriculum materials spanning the autism spectrum and is free to all parents, professionals, educators, and other interested individuals in Washington State.
Screening for Developmental Delay
Developmental screenings, performed by a trained clinician, identify developmental delays in children, allowing intervention at the earliest age possible. Learn more about the importance of developmental screenings in assessing all areas of child development to identify a specific disorder, such as autism.
The Educational Aspects of Autism
Produced by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, this manual provides education related information about autism spectrum disorder and is used as a resource for Individualized Education Program teams.
Autism Guidebook for Washington State
Comprehensive guide covering a variety of issues to consider and resources available to help with the care of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Autism Task Force Report and Recommendations
Report to the 2007 Legislature on recommendations and how to best prevent, identify, treat, and accommodate the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Maternal Child Health Library Autism Knowledge Path
A selection of current, high-quality resources about Autism Spectrum Disorder, screening and diagnosis, treatment and intervention, communication, education, vocational challenges, and impact on family life.