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Tips and Resources

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Hopefully you find something that is helpful to you!


**As always, do your own homework on any services and providers to be sure they meet your standards and expectations for safety, respect and services provided. This is by no means an exhaustive list and I am only sharing as a resource, not speaking to their ability to meet your needs.


Tips:

  • Find a local or virtual support group for yourself-knowing you aren't alone helps combat isolation, depression and anxiety. It's also nice to have a group of humans that live in your general area if you need location specific feedback (schools, providers, programs, etc)

  • Look into state funding for services, respite, etc. This varies drastically by state.

  • Find out if your county has a Disabilities Coordinator who can help you navigate secondary funding, grants, waivers, scholarships or other resources available in your area.

  • Call your insurance company and see what they can do for you (what is covered? what resources can they share?)

  • Join social media groups (even just to lurk and listen you might get some valuable information,tips or tricks) **Join our Empowered Parents FB group!

  • Trust your gut-if something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. If you have questions, ask. If you want or need something different, speak up.



Resources


The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

An awesome quick read that answers so many questions about autistic behaviors and perspective, spelled out, letter by letter, by a (then) 13 year old boy with Autism.


If you haven't read about, listened to or gone to see Temple Grandin speak...please do! Read one of her books, listen to a talk, go see her in person. She is a wealth of knowledge and her insights are priceless.


Autism Society of America has many great resources. Check them out!


The Arc Autism Now also has many great resources that will be helpful from early intervention through adulthood.


Arch National Respite Network and Resource Center might assist you in finding respite care so you can get some time for yourself to take care of YOU.


AWAARE Collaboration has many resources to help prevent and assist with wandering such as Big Red Safety Toolkit, Caregiver, Teacher and First Responder toolkits, where to find swimming lessons to help prevent drowning deaths and information on tracking technology.


If your child struggles with communication, social skills, tolerance and cooperation...reach out and schedule a FREE, Breaking Down Barriers Call to see how I can support you as soon as NEXT WEEK!

Check out my private Facebook Group: Empowered Parents, would love to have you join us!


Be well,

Ashley

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