Dealing With Autism: Starting Points
As Autism Awareness Month wraps up, I’d like to offer some additional resources and starting points for understanding and embracing ASD (see previous posts for other suggestions).
One of the most helpful approaches we’ve found, widely embraced by the medical and special needs communities, is “ABA Therapy.” Pioneered by Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas, this is an especially effective treatment for autism. Here’s his site and links to a significant number of studies about ABA Therapy.
There are many organizations offering information and networking for the autism community. We’ve found Autism Society of America (a national organization with state chapters) to be especially helpful. Your awareness of autism may have been increased by the effective advocacy work of Autism Speaks. And my friend Bob West has a wonderful website – dealing with a variety of special needs and offering hope to families, Need Project.
There are many more sources for parents raising a child with autism. I’d welcome your suggestions.