This Month's Articles
Interview with Mitzi
Waltz: Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Author-advocate Waltz, now studying at the Autism Research
Unit, answers questions about the increasing number of diagnoses,
potential link with immunizations, autism and genetics, current
treatment research, and the impact on families.
Spectrum Disorders is a new book by Mitzi Waltz, a
revised and updated edition of Pervasive Developmental
The Diagnostic Merry-Go-Round.
The diagnosis of ASD is usually a frustrating process of diagnosis by
elimination, after a range of specified conditions in the autistic spectrum
and related conditions are ruled out.
Getting a Diagnosis: Starting with a
Pediatrician. The journey to a diagnosis of ASD
can begin in different ways, but for most it starts in a pediatrician's
Tips for Daily Family Life. There
are a lot of things about raising a child with ASD that
teachers, therapists, and doctors don't know much about. Hints from parents
about daily life, including tips on haircuts, bathing, clothing, selecting
furniture, and safety precautions.
Record Keeping. Some advice on what
records to keep, and how.
Stresses on Families. This article
shares some problems of families under stress and methods for coping.
Problems addressed include withdrawal or overinvolvement by a parent,
effect on siblings, isolation, finding the right therapist, separation and
divorce, single parents, non-custodial parents, and adoption and foster
Parenting: Disciplining a Child with
PDD. Whole families are affected by PDDs. This article focuses on
discipline issues: how do you respond when "normal" parenting advice may
Direct and Indirect Financial Support for
Families. Some programs are available that may provide you or your
family with financial support. Even though the amounts may be small, they
may allow you to stretch already strapped resources.
After an IEP is in Place: Educational
Issues. Your job in helping your child become educated in school
doesn't end once you have an educational plan in place. This article
addresses issues such as: monitoring progress, extended school year
services, dealing with behavioral dilemmas, suspension and expulsion, 504
plans, taking on the school system, private schools, homeschooling, and
Books and Other Resources
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Books by adults with ASDs
- Children's books
- Websites about ASDs
- General disability
- Health care and insurance
- Parenting and siblings
- Special education
- Special-needs clothing
- Specific therapeutic interventions
- Transition planning and adult issues
Support and Advocacy
- National autism/ASD organizations
- Online support groups
- Related conditions
- General special needs
- Legal advocacy
- PDD Connections WebRing
This is the home page for a WebRing (web sites linked one to another, as in a circle) designed to help people find useful information about pervasive
developmental disorders. Topics include a definition of autism, pervasive development disorders, and related resources. This WebRing is helpful for anyone living with, or trying to understand a child with ASD.
- The Autism Research Institute's Form E-2 Check List
- The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS).
Research and Testing Facilities
Describes the medications that may be prescribed for ASDs.
Great resource for nutritional supplements and herbal remedies pertinent to ASDs.