Autism Resources

3492401705 0fe96f78c5 m Autism ResourcesLooking for information on Autism? Our story began before our diagnosis in February, 2011. Graham is PDD-NOS, has delays in expressive and receptive language and decreased eye contact. He is currently receiving about 25 hours per week of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy through Early Intervention.

Before Graham was diagnosed I just felt like a really terrible parent. Parents are supposed to enjoy their kids and want to spend time with them but I felt so much pressure and anxiety because my child was always so difficult. Finding out what it all means has been a relief and a big help since Graham now has services helping him more than we ever could alone.

One major reason this blog is important to me is that I hope people looking for information and support will read our story and feel a little bit better.

Here are some of my posts from our journey:

You can also read more from me and others at Parents Magazine’s Voices of Autism and over at About.com’s Autism and Mother’s Day Essays.

I really recommend the CDC’s site on signs of autism if you’re concerned about a child you know.

My favorite resource is other blogs and following the experiences of other parents. Because autism is such a wide spectrum it’s helpful to get a variety of information and anecdotes. Many of them are also on Twitter where we share our good and our bad days.

In particular I recommend Hopeful Parents a site for all kinds of special-needs parents.

Autism and Special Needs Blogs