Office Hours easily connects families to a wide variety of autism-related resources, including Family Services Tool Kits, and the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, an online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code.
Family Services Office Hours is designed to quickly provide access to resources that are available and free to the entire autism community.
The Office Hours sessions are staffed by ART coordinators who are specially trained to connect families affected by autism to resources.
In recognition of National Grandparents Day, on September 11th Autism Speaks is celebrating the grandparent connection in families affected by autism. During the month of September, we are asking grandparents to share your experiences, so that other grandparents across the country can benefit from your knowledge and the road you have traveled.
Hi Everyone! Welcome to this week’s Family Services Office Hours! We are here to answer any questions you have about our resources and help connect you with others. So ask away!
Comment From sheila
is there in sevices in lawrenceburg tn
Hi Sheila! Here is a link to our Tennessee Resource type! You can check for resources in your area!/community/fsdb/state.php?sid=50
Comment From Robbin
I would like to know if there are any extracurricular activities in my area for my 16 year old son with Aspergers?
Hi Robbin! You can find lots of resources in our Resource Guide. All you need to do is click on your state, select categories like “Recreation and Community Activities” and type in your zip code.
I also suggest you order our Transition Tool Kit, it was designed specifically to help families of individuals with autism ages 14-22 on the transition to adulthood. It has lots of tips, including more about how ti get involved in the community.
Comment From Maggie
Hi Autism Speaks. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to ask questions. I think my three-year-old son has autism. A friend of mine’s son was just diagnosed and I see a lot of his traits in my son. What should my first step be?
You can order a free copy on our website!
Hi Maggie! Thank you so much for joining us! There is a page on our website, ‘Learn the Signs.’/what-autism/learn-signsYou should also work closely with your pediatrician to be sure your son is reaching developmental milestones and to track his progress.
Also, check out our Video Glossary/what-autism/learn-signs
We would also like to recommend a wonderful book, ‘ Autism Solutions’ by Dr. Ricki Robinson. Dr. Robinson will be here for a LIVE Chat on Monday, September 26th so check back for more!http://drrickirobinson.com/
Comment From Britt
Hi Autism Speaks. My son was diagnosed with autism at 3. He is now 4. Lately a lot of people have been asking us what degree he is…and I have no idea. When he was diagnosed no oe mentioned a degree or anything like that that. Is this important to know? Does it make a difference? How would I go about finding this out? Thanks so much.
Hi Britt. Your pediatrician can help provide you with more information. However, regardless of the formal diagnosis, every child with autism is different so it is more important to focus on your child’s strengths and weaknesses and make decisions about his treatments based on what you see. You know him the best!
Comment From Connor
My wife and I are having difficulty potty training our daughter who has autism. Do you have any tips for us?
Hi Connor! Thank you so much for joining our chat. This is often difficult for families! Here are two books that we recommend!
Teach Toileting: A Revolutionary Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special Needs
by Deborah Bialer http://www.amazon.com/teach-toileting-revolutionary-approach-disorders/dp/0615255523
Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues, 2nd Edition
by Maria Wheelerhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932565493/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=autispea-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=1932565493
We haven’t read them ourselves but they have been submitted to our Resource Library by other families that have found them helpful, so I hope they are helpful to you too!
Comment From Britt
Thank you. Also, How would I go about finding activities for my son do? The state law here has changed for his IEP and it now says that he should have more social interaction…but we are having a hard time finding classes and activities for him that accept and understand kids with special needs. And lastly, do you know of or have any resource information for military families? My husband is AF and its likely that we will be moving again within the next two years. So I would like to get a resourceful connection if I can before then. Thanks you again.
Hi Britt, please visit our Resource Guide. You can search by state to find activities for your son./community/fsdb/search.phpYou can also visit our Community Connections, ‘Have Some Fun Today! Recreation, Community Activities, Clubs and More!’/family-services/community-connections/have-some-fun-today-recreation-community-activities-clubs-and-
The Organization for Autism Research has sponsored a program called, ‘Operation Autism.’ It is a resource guide specifically for military families.http://www.operationautismonline.org/tag/military/
ACT Today! is a national non-profit organization is a mission to raise awareness and provide treatment services to families that cannot afford the treatments and services their children require.http://www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org/
Comment From Britt
Awesome! Thank you so much!
Comment From John
My daughter is having a hard time transitioning back to school. She is new in her mainstream class. How can I help her peers understand what autism is and why she has challenges. Thanks so much for taking the time here!
Hi John! We are sorry to hear that your daughter is having difficulties. We recently created a Community Connections, ‘Back to School: Let’s Get Ready for a Great Year’ that provides tips about how to ease this transition./family-services/community-connections/back-to-school
You can also look at our School Community Tool Kit in the section ‘Peers’ for more information/docs/family_services_docs/sk/Peers.pdf
Comment From Sally
How do I talk with soemone in person.
Hi Sally! We have an Autism Response Team, and our trained coordinators would be happy to speak to you. You can email them directly at email@example.com or call them at 888-AUTISM2. They are available during regular business hours.
Comment From Liz
I have a 9 year old son with Autism/Aspergers. I have not been able to find a way to explain his autism to him. I need help finding a way to talk to him in a way he will understand. Is there an easy way?
Hi Liz, this is a struggle for many families. Please visit our Resource Library where we have a list of Asperger Syndrome websites /family-services/resource-library/asperger-syndrome
We also have an ‘Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit’ Tool Kit that can be downloaded for FREE here!/family-services/tool-kits/asperger-syndrome-and-high-functioning-autism-tool-kit
Comment From allison
i have a son 24 years old that was diagnosed as high functional with a photographic memory but i feel like he should be re-evaluated
Hi Allison. Re-evaluation is always a good idea if you feel like his diagnosis may have changed. You are the one who knows your child best, so it may be a good idea to trust your instincts and bring your son back to his doctor.
Comment From Colleen
What is this CARA thing I keep hearing about? Thanks for your help!
Comment From Louisa mciver
regarding the legislation that was re-approved yesterday….mandating coverage of autism therapies.
CARA, which stands for Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, was passed the the House yesterday(YIPEEEE), but we still have to wait for it to make it through Senate. For more information, you can visit this blog post by Judith Ursitt, the Director of State Government Affairs at Autism Speakshttp://blog.autismspeaks.org/2011/09/21/tell-congress-to-pass-the-combating-autism-reauthorization-act/
We have just a 9 days left to pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2011 before critical provisions expire on September 30th. On September 20th, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act passed with a floor vote in the House of Representatives. Now, we need you to switch your focus again back ot the Senate. Contact your Senators to ask themto support this important piece of legislation!
Comment From Louisa mciver
The info I read says that state operated insurance has to cover autism therapies, etc. Does this also apply to group insurance through an employer?
You can click on your state to learn what is happening there!http://www.autismvotes.org/site/c.frKNI3PCImE/b.3909861/k.B9DF/State_Initiatives.htm
Thank you for joining us today! Our next live chat is Monday at 3PM. Dr. Ricki Robinson is going to discuss ASD and its impact on family members. She will have lots of great things to say so don’t forget to tune in!
As part of the live chat, we will be giving away ten of Dr. Robinson’s new book called Autism Solutions. So join us!
As always, if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Autism Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-AUTISM2. Enjoy the rest of your day!