I am super excited about sharing some information and resources about autism. When I first started my training as marriage and family therapist, I worked primarily with children who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder during my graduate internship. In graduate school we had an opportunity to learn about this disorder, but we never got a chance to really go in-depth. For me, the best way to understand more about autism to actually get experience working with children autism and I did tons of research.
Back in the day, not long ago, autism related disorders were all grouped as pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Some of theses disorders were called Asperger Syndrome, autistic disorder, and childhood disintegrative disorder. There has been a recent change in the name for autism in the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) that has now grouped all of these disorders into Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Over the summer, a young lady named Kathleen saw my blog and reached out to share her story and online resources. Kathleen was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and she is a part-time high school student and volunteer-intern-extraordinaire at EducatorLabs. For more info about Asperger Syndrome click here. Thank you, dear, for sharing resources and I applaud you for all of the hard work you are doing to educate us about Autism Spectrum Disorders. I would like everyone to educate and familiarize yourself with Autism Spectrum Disorders. If anyone else knows of any other resources, please reach out. I enjoy spreading awareness about mental health!
Talk to you soon,
Autism Speaks Resource Guide
Career Assistance for People with Autism
National Center for Autism Resources & Education
Autism Educational Materials
AutismNOW Transition Planning
Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism
Guide to Flying with an Autistic Child