With the number of autistic children rising, 1 out of 91, information about autism needs to be a little easier to access. Groups for autism should be more about autism and less about advertising for personal gain. Most people are devastated to learn their child, their perfect little angel, has autism. Autism is not understood and cannot be cured. These parents need information and support. Where can they go for help?
If you have a child with autism, or you have just been diagnosed with autism, the first source for your information will be your doctor. Ask questions. Let your doctor know you want information on autism. If it is all too much to absorb at once, call the doctor’s office back and ask for the information again. The doctor’s office staff should be able to supply the information either over the phone or with pamphlets.
If you have a child with autism, depending on the severity of the autism, the child will probably be put in a special educational program. Use this program to the fullest. The child’s teacher will have all kinds of information. Ask the teacher for information because they do not always readily supply it. The teacher may know of support groups and area programs that could benefit you and your child.
If you are looking for general information to start with, you may find several websites on the internet helpful. The internet is a great place to get information, you just have to remember not to believe everything you read. There are many people claiming to have wonder drugs or wonder treatments. We all want are children to be cured, parents want to do whatever it takes. They do not exist. There is no cure for autism. Use the internet information with caution.
Yahoo health – Information about autism can be found on yahoo in the health section. There is advice and medical information. This website might be a good place for GENERAL information and other links.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) website is a wonderful website for information and even links to other sources. You may have some questions that this site can help you with. The NINDS shares information for free about many different types of neurological disorders.
Autism Speaks – Autism speaks website struck me as a website for a non-profit organization that someone makes money off of. The website is free and you can get GENERAL information from it. Autism speaks is trying to raise the awareness of autism. This site is a good site to start with if you just received an autism diagnosis. You do not have to sign up or join to view the information.
Autism Society – The autism society web page is an excellent source for information and inspiration. There are other links as well. This may be a helpful website to family and to the child with autism.
Autism Research Institute – The amount of information for autism on Autism Research Institute is overwhelming. This is a non-profit organization that is possibly making a difference. The information was immense. This website should keep you busy for hours.
You can find autism information everywhere. It may not be what you and your family need so sift through it carefully. You may want to join a support group in your area. Your doctor should have that information.
Here is a support group that is a little more anonymous and it’s over the internet so you don’t have to attend any meetings. This is not supposed to be a site for advertisers, but there are still a few people who sneak in and promote their link shamelessly. These are the people that degrade the group and take validity away from the group. Most of the people are on there to help or be helped.
Just remember, if there is a question, there is going to be an answer. You may not find the answer immediately, but the correct answer is out there waiting to be discovered.