Fact Sheet: Center for Future Planning

By creating a future plan, parents can effectively organize their thoughts about what their son or daughter wants and what they would like for their child’s future; work with legal, financial, and other experts to provide for their child’s needs; and describe the plan to others who need to know.

Article: Healthline.com/Horses May Provide Clues to the Origin of Autism

New research on newborn horses is exploring how pressure during birth may trigger shifts in brain chemistry that could lead to autism.

Website: Facebook Page: Arkansas Autism Network

This Facebook page is an on-line and discussion group whose purpose is to bridge the gap between the individual autism support groups and maintain communication regarding autism related issues.

Article: Disability Scoop: Pets May Boost Social Skills In Kids With Autism

Researchers say in a new study, that individuals with autism or ASD will be more likely to speak if there is a pet in the house.

Article: The Guardian: Is the NHS failing women with autism?

Autism, or ASD, is far more prevalent in women than previously thought but is still often untreated because the stereotype focuses on male behavior.

Article: Flying under the radar: Girls and Women with Aspergers Syndrome

Many girls and women do not meet diagnostic criteria, as the criteria are based on the behavioural phenotype of boys. There exists a critical need for diagnostic criteria to reflect the female phenotype.

Article: YaleNews: Siblings of children with autism can show signs at 18 months

A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found that 57% of these younger siblings who later develop the condition already showed symptoms at age 18 months.

Article: Exceptional Parent: Planning Ahead For When Your Special Child Turns 18

This article from a March 2010 issue of Exceptional Parent discusses topics that parents may want to consider as children with I/DD approach the age of 18.

Video: Organization for Autism Research: What’s Up with Nick?

This video informs other children about the behaviors and characteristics of kids with autism.

Website: Real Look Autism

Real Look Autism is a non-profit organization that offers information about different therapies and strategies through videos.