While this list is not complete, here are some helpful pages with different resources on them!
- The Autistic Self Advocacy Network – ASAN
- Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network – AWN
- National Council on Independent Living
- Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
- Welcome to the Autistic Community (Informational animated video)
- About Autism
- Amazing Things Happen (Autism animated video)
- ‘Ask an Autistic’ YouTube series by Amythest Schaber
Welcome to the family!
Receiving a new diagnosis can be stressful, but it can also be a relief. Remember: nothing about you or your loved one has changed. You just have more information than you did before!
- A free e-book explaining the spectrum and welcoming newly diagnosed autistics; there is an adolescent and adult version.
- Specifically for women on the spectrum
- For parents of newly-diagnosed autistics
- Respectfully Connected
- Parenting Autistic Children with Love & Acceptance
Here’s my Beginner’s Guide to the IEP post! It also includes a sample IEP that I made, along with an overview of the critical parts of an Individualized Education Program. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for a very long list of extra resources as well.
- TN STEP; this website has a lot of great information on navigating the special education setting. While based in Tennessee, the information is helpful for other states as well.
- A helpful page describing aspects of the IEP and help for famlies.
- A FAQ list over IEPs
Meltdowns and Emotional Regulation
I posted much more in-depth regarding meltdowns on my Managing and Preventing Meltdowns post, as I presented on it in a conference last year. It also has some printables and visuals you can use as well!
Here are some great resources in addition to the post:
- Understanding Autism, Aggression and Self-Injury: Medical Approaches and Best Support Practices
- 5 Point Scale
- ASAN: Color Communication Badges
- ASAN: Autism and Safety Toolkit
- Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW
Financial and Services Supports
- The Arc (often does family grants, respite, etc)
Fact Sheets from the AAM Website
- Guide To Parent Resources
- Early Intervention
- Person Centered Planning
- Telling Your Child They’re Autistic
- AAC for Toddlers and Pre-Kindergarten Children
- AAC for School-Age Children
- IEP 101
- Special Interests As Springboards
- Making the Least Harmful Assumptions
Favorite Autism Blogs
Favorite Autistic Bloggers:
- Amy Sequenzia
- Autistic Not Weird (Chris Bonello)
- Lydia X.Z. Brown
- Alyssa Hillary
- The Caffeinated Autistic
- Julia Bascom
- Max Sparrow
- MOM – Not Otherwise Specified
- 30 Days of Autism
Books, Film, and Media
- What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew – Autism Women and Nonbinary Network
- Why Johnny Doesn’t Flap: NT is OK! – Clay Morton and Gail Morton
- Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking – Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism – AWN
- Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life – Cynthia Kim
- NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity – Steve Silberman
- And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance – ASAN
- Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism – Barry M. Prizant, PhD
Info Sheets and Created Resources
A List of Created Documents
PECS and Visual Schedules
These are some simple visual schedule sheets. I uploaded the Microsoft Word versions so that you can edit them as needed, putting in what pictures or colors you prefer.
Workshops and Projects
Mock IEP Project – This is from my Beginner’s Guide to the IEP post. It’s an IEP I wrote from scratch for an assignment. It’s not perfect, but it might be helpful as a representation of what the document looks like.
From My Managing and Preventing Meltdowns Presentation:
Managing and Preventing Meltdowns PowerPoint
Free printables I made:
From My Organization and Planning: Practical Strategies for Independent Living Presentation:
Outside Informational Sheets and Presentations
These are documents and resources not created by me, but are super helpful.
From the Emergency Medicine Post
Medical Emergencies: A Practical Guide PowerPoint
I was granted permission by the wonderful ETSU EM/ERGE group that created this PowerPoint to share it here. This belongs to them, not me. For any additional questions or inquiries, please contact EMERGETSU@gmail.com!
Fact sheets from Autism Acceptance Month
- IEP 101
- Early Intervention
- Post Secondary Options
- Helping Your Autistic Teen in Transition
- Community Inclusion
Full disclosure: I’m not getting any commissions or payment from any of these. I’ve used a lot of these, and have friends who have used others on this list that I haven’t.
You can also visit your local dollar store to find objects and materials that can be repurposed for sensory tools!
Where to buy stim toys, weighted blankets, and other sensory tools:
- Autistic-owned, inexpensive, selection of chewable jewelry and fidgets, some proceeds go back to the Autism community! (also: this is my favorite site)
- Weighted blankets and lap pads (a bit expensive)
- Inexpensive weighted blankets, also autistic-owned
- Several stim toys
- Tangles and fascinating variations
- Several types of fidgets
- More chewable jewelry and sensory objects
- Sensory tools, mostly oral and chewables
Local Resources – East Tennessee
- The Arc – Washington County
- Kids Like Us Community Learning Center – Watauga, TN
- Social and learning group for kids and young adults of all abilities.
- POP Arts; Power of Performing Arts – Johnson City, TN
- Inclusive performing arts program.
- Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS)
- Information on TN’s early intervention program