April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month has been celebrated since the 1970's. Since that time, the number of children diagnosed with Autism has grown greatly. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in six children has a developmental disability and one in 88 has Autism.
In addition to the Centers for Disease Control, there are many local, state, and national organizations where you can find information and resources on Autism. Below are some of those organizations:
1) Pathfinders for Autism
2) Autism Society
3) Autism Support Network
4) Autism Connect
5) American Academy of Pediatrics
6) Autism Speaks
Free Resources from American Academy of Pediatrics
Check the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website for the latest information and resource on Autism for health care professionals and families. The AAP is offering many new Autism resources and is featuring them in April for Autism Awareness Month. www.medicalhomeinfo.org/about/cocwd/autism.aspx
Sound Advice on Autism is a series of audio interviews with medical experts and parents of children with Autism. Listen as Dr. James Perrin, president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, discusses the latest in Autism research, diagnosis, and treatment.
Autism: Care For Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit For Clinicians
is now available as a Digital Download or CD-ROM and included tested screening tools, clinician fact sheets, and family handouts in both English and Spanish.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know
is a new book that helps parents understand how Autism is defined and diagnosed and provides information on behavioral and developmental therapies.