Autism America

We developed this site for parents of children who are autistic. We, as parents who live with autism, experience many things over the years. We wish we had had a "blueprint" to follow along the way, so as parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and those on down the line who are living with autism 24/7/365 can tell you, we know you need help - “honest help”. We can provide you answers from credible sources that have a practical use, from people who understand autism related challenges in more than just an academic context.

- Parents of Aaron, our autistic son, providing a community of support for parents.

 

What we Offer

Our goal is to encourage healthy lifestyles, promote independence and inclusion, and expand personal growth to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by autism.

We empower parents by providing them with access to autism related resources and relevant information from credible sources that have a practical use, from people who understand autism related challenges in more than just an academic context. We believe that every person affected by autism has the right to have access to quality resources and a “blueprint” of guidance needed to develop and build life skills in order to achieve an abundance of independence.

Advocacy and Independence

• Education and Information regarding Autism, its symptom(s), and treatments.
• Unique lessons learned advice to help you respond appropriately to a specific or exclusive situation.
• Advocacy to support you with learned procedures that ensure your insurance claims get covered and paid
• Volunteer help or professional information regarding the person with Autism.
• Products we’ve used that help mitigate and better manage the numerous symptoms of the disorder.

Service Dogs

Autism Service Dog Friend

Service Dogs are trained to work for a variety of special disabilities and provide physical assistance or control for some autism behaviors.

The Human-animal interaction alleviates stress in children, reduces disruptive characteristics and abnormal behaviors. 

Service Dogs are an essential part of managing extreme cases of Autism. 

Read more: Service Dogs

Therapy Dogs

Autism Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs can assist autistic children by making them feel socially and emotionally secure.

We are now personally working with Angel and Benji, Havanese breed dogs, to reduce the severity or totally circumvent the onset of a meltdown.

Read more: Therapy Dogs

Early Intervention

We know that early diagnosis is invaluable, and early intervention is very effective.

The earlier a child receives treatment and parents receive training the easier it is on everyone, especially the child.

Read more: Early Intervention

Autism Management

Autism Management

Useful and practical products that parents and families can use to help manage Life with Autism.

Read more: Autism Management

Facebook Feed

Here is a quick overview of articles on our Facebook page. Click the 'f' top right in each tile to see the whole article, or visit our Facebook page.

Autism News

Autism News -- ScienceDaily
  • Younger children in school year are more commonly diagnosed with ADHD than their older classmates, says new study
    New research has found that teachers may be attributing signs of age-related immaturity in children, to conditions such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The results of the study showed that the youngest students in a class, with birth dates just before the school entry cut-off date, were overrepresented among children receiving an ADHD diagnosis or medication for the condition. Experts looked at how being one of the youngest children in a class can influence the likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD or ASD. ADHD is a condition where individuals have significant challenges with attention and can be overly active. ASD is a complex developmental condition that relates to how a person communicates and interacts.
  • Wearable brain imaging gives clearest ever picture of children's developing brain
    New research has given the clearest ever picture of young children's developing brains, using a wearable brain scanner to map electrical brain activity. The work opens up new possibilities for tracking how critical developmental milestones, like walking and talking, are underpinned by changing brain function, and how neurodevelopmental conditions like autism emerge.
  • Eye-tracking techniques could help primary care providers diagnose autism sooner, more accurately
    A new paper describes a research team's study of autism diagnosis using eye tracking biomarkers at primary care clinics across Indiana.

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Sponsors

As a family that is personally touched by Autism, Draut and Sons sponsors and supports this website.

Draut and Sons is a Demolition, Grading and Hauling contractor serving metro Atlanta and surrounding areas in Georgia.

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