Want to learn more about autism symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment? Here are online resources that have been carefully evaluated for Parents.com by a team of academic professionals from Tufts University in Medford, MA
Listed below are great places on the Internet to learn more about recognizing and treating autism. The academic team at the Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide recommends these sites based on the organizations sponsoring them and the highly credible research-based information they present about autism.
Division TEACCH - Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children
You'll find this site from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine very helpful for learning about autism and some of its treatments. Go to Information on Autism for a set of articles such as "An Introduction to the Medical Aspects of Autism," "Evaluation Guidelines When Considering Nontraditional Therapies in Autism," and "A Pediatric View
of the Treatment Options for the Autistic Syndrome." If you'd like more information about research, the "TEACCH Research Report" is a concise listing of published research studies with a one-line description for each. To find out more about teaching strategies, read the articles in Educational Approaches. Communication Approaches offers several articles about how to improve communication skills and behaviors.
NICHD -- National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
The NICHD, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts research into various aspects of autism, and presents information about its causes, prevalence, and treatments. Autism Publications lists articles about NICHD research results and general autism facts, such as Autism and Genes, Facts about Autism, and Autism and Vaccine Research. If you are interested in knowing what research is currently underway at NICHD, or if you would like to participate in a study, take a look at Autism Research. Participation opportunities include genetic studies and clinical trials.
NINDS -- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Another of the National Institutes of health, NINDS offers an excellent list of organizations involved in autism research and family support, including the Autism Society of America, the National Alliance for Autism Research, and the Cure Autism Now Foundation.
- Autism Society of America
- National Alliance for Autism Research
- Cure Autism Now Foundation
Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic
The PDD Information Pages offer a good selection of information about autism spectrum disorders. Check Frequently Asked Questions about PDDs for answers to "How is the diagnosis of autism made?" "Are there other conditions that can mimic autism?" and "What is the best intervention for my child with autism/PDD?" This section also includes articles on Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, PDD-NOS, and Rett's Disorder. See Publications for a list of parent-friendly books. If you want more technical info there is a list of books for professionals. Related Web Sites offers an extensive list of links. Visit the Research Studies page to find out about ongoing studies seeking participants.
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