How can I get help/support for my loved one with autism?
You may wish to consult the Autism Spectrum Disorder page of NAMI’s website where you will find information on the spectrum of disorders, current treatments, and ways to support recovery. Additionally, the organizations listed below may be of particular help. Each respond to the specific needs of the Autism community by providing education, support groups, and information and resource referral:
- Autism Society of America (800) 328-8476 (ext. 2) provides Information & referrals to services and supports nationwide. Offers a “Find an Affiliate” locator where individuals/caregivers can find local resources and in person support groups.
- Autism Speaks (888) 288-4762 provides information and resources to individuals living with autism and their family members, including an information line. The website offers an online locator for in-person in person support groups.
- Autism Support Network provides free information, education and resources to individuals living with autism and their family members. The website offers an online locator for online support groups.
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCBA) helps locate a certified ABA therapist. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) helps those living with ASD and other developmental disabilities improve social interactions, learn new skills and maintain positive behaviors. ABA therapist credentials include RBT, BCaBA, BCBA and BCBA-D.
- Milestones Autism Resources is a national organization that provides educational resources, coaching for families and professionals, and promotes evidence-based strategies. The website offers about 1,400 different resources. You can reach Milestones Autism at (216) 464-7600.