There are a number of excellent websites that focus on helping parents understand the various approaches to treating autism. Part of becoming an informed consumer and running your child’s autism treatment program is learning how to judge the claims of treatment approaches. The following websites are good places to start. Remember ACT Information Officers are available to you by telephone and email to help address your questions and to clarify what therapies are covered by the autism funding program in BC - Contact ACT.
To help you build a framework for running your child’s intervention program,
ACT recommends three important chapters from ACT’s Autism Manual for BC:
- Developing a Treatment Team for A Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder (pdf)
- Medical Issues In Autism Treatments – Separating the Wheat From the Chaff (pdf)
- MCFD Funded Services For Children with ASD (pdf)
Autism Speaks is the leading international autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. www.autismspeaks.org/treatment/index.php
Particularly helpful to parents of newly diagnosed children are the 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit available on the Autism Speaks website: www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/100_day_kit.php
CAIRN – Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network
The Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network — CAIRN — was started in 2001 by a group of researchers and clinicians who saw the need to involve parents, other professionals, and policy makers in the development of new ways of diagnosing and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This is a great site to explore the research support for the many treatments used to treat autism. www.cairn-site.com/en/research4.html
OAR – Organization for Autism Research
For an excellent report on how parents can assess the research basis for treatment options see the Organization for Autism Research’s Parent’s Guide.