Where can I learn more about autism?

Parent resources

Webinar: Autism 101.  What is autism?  How does it affect my child and our family?  From Vanderbilt Children's Hospital TRIAD Center.

Webinar: Challenging behaviors in children with autism.  Why do children with autism act the way they do?  How can we address these behaviors?  From Vanderbilt Children's Hospital TRIAD Center.

Online: The Autism Speaks Toolkit series.  Includes their “First 100 Days after Diagnosis” resource.  These toolkits cover a wide variety of practical topics, like constipation, dental visits, haircuts, and medication guides.

Online: Choosing therapies for your child.  There’s an enormous variety of therapies for autism out there.  Which ones work?  Which ones don’t?  How will I know where to get these services, and who should provide them?  The National Autism Center has thoroughly researched the evidence behind each therapy method.  Its Parent Manual and Findings & Conclusions reports define each therapy and describe whether it’s likely to be helpful or not.  The Parent Manual also has great ideas on choosing therapists for your child.  To review the reports, free registration is required.

Workshop: Families First.  This program is a hands-on workshop for parents of 2-5 year olds with autism.  It teaches practical approaches to common communication and behavioral challenges.  It’s held in Nashville once a month on Saturday mornings.  It’s free, and free childcare is provided.

School resources

Webinar: Individual Education Plan (IEP) Development.  This series of 3 archived webinars discusses best practices in writing IEPs for children with ASDs.  

Webinar: Promoting Play in the Preschool Classroom, Part 1 and Part 2

Webinar: Navigating the Preschool Classroom Environment, Part 1 and Part 2

Workshop: Training for early childhood teachers

Workshop:  Training for K-12 teachers

Clinician resources

Summary of evidence-based behavioral practices from the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders.