Great resources for families and providers working with individuals with ASD

Review by Sara Radelicki and Lauren Kimmel, Special Educators & Hunter College Graduate Students

Helpguide.org is a non-profit resource that has information about mental health, healthy lifestyles, children and family, and aging well. Specifically, we looked at the information for parents who suspect their child might be on the Autism Spectrum and were very pleased with what we found.Helpguide.org was launched in 1999, shortly after a married couple lost their daughter. They felt that their daughter could have still been alive if there was reliable information available.  They started this organization in order to help other families who struggle to find the resources that they need in order to help their loved ones. “This website has grown from a small local project to an internationally recognized resource serving over 50 million people a year.”

Being educators and knowing little about Autism Spectrum Disorders, we stumbled across this website and found it very informative. The website is easy to navigate and has a variety of information about Autism Spectrum Disorders without being overwhelming. Whether you are looking for an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders, signs and symptoms, or how to go about getting a diagnosis, it is all conveniently located on the main page with additional links that open up in a new page so you do not lose the homepage. The website is updated frequently and information on the website is provided by doctors and scholars in the medical field, specializing in autism, social emotional, and social cognitive development.

When we came upon this website, we were immediately satisfied with what we had found. We especially liked how things were explained in layman’s terms. Whether you are a parent, a sibling, an educator, or someone interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders, this website is a good place to start your research. In addition to the information provided on this website, under the resources and references link there are a ton of other great websites where you can find more information about Autism Spectrum Disorders. There is also a free toolkit offered on the website that helps loved ones deal with a diagnosis of Autism. It gives tips on how to remain calm and focused, goals and strategies, and steps to achieve these goals through videos, articles, and printable documents.

Overall this is a wonderful website, very detailed and informative-we recommend that you take a peek and see for yourself!

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