Additional Resources

Advocates for Special Kids (ASK)
A non-profit organization formed by a dedicated group of advocate-parent volunteers, ASK works to help other parents understand special education.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Resources
Information on recovery from autistic disorders: autism, PDD, hyperlexia, and Asperger’s Syndrome and on treatment and therapy (including ABA, behavioral intervention, behavior modification, discrete trial training, or “Lovaas therapy”), special education, early intervention, and child disability resources.

Autism Insurance Resource Center
The Autism Insurance Resource Center provides information to the public about insurance coverage under a new law, An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA), which took effect in Massachusetts on January 1, 2011.

Autism Resource Center of Central Mass
Supporting over 2,700 children and their families, ARCCM is the “center” of the autism community in Central Massachusetts.

Autism Speaks
The nation’s top private funder of autism research seeks to uncover the cause(s), prevention, treatments and cure for autism.

The Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT)
An Affiliated Chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and of the Association for Professional Behavior Anaylsts (APBA).

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

First Words Project
Conducts longitudinal research investigation in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University. Their major goal is to identify early “red flags” of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and other communication delays in children under 24 months of age. Through research findings, their aim is to improve screening tools and early detection of communication disorders by maximizing the role of the family and help families obtain intervention services sooner.

MassABA assists in the support and education of individuals receiving ABA services by working with behavior analysts to maintain the highest degree of ethical behavior, implement evidenced based practices and advocating for the adoption of specific professional standards for the delivery of applied behavioral analysis services by the state of Massachusetts.

Nakata Consulting
Nakata Consulting provides professional planning, counseling, and advocacy services.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
Part of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the NCBDDD works to identify the causes of and preventing birth defects and developmental disabilities, helping children to develop and reach their full potential, and promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Led by parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR uses applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily.

TeachTown, Inc.
A subscription service that uses best-practices from research in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), education, speech and language, and developmental psychology. Designed for children with a developmental age of 2-7 years.

UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)
CART continues to play a leading role, both nationally and internationally, in developing an improved understanding of the biological basis and neurobehavioral mechanisms of autism.

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys can refer to this site for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
A national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Recommended Reading

The Autism Encyclopedia (John T. Neisworth, Ph.D., & Pamela S. Wolfe, Ph.D., 2004)

The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know about Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing (Karen Siff Exhorn, 2005)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (Chantal Sicile-Kira, 2004)

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals (edited by Catherine Maurice, 1996)

Beyond the Autism Diagnosis: A Professional’s Guide to Helping Families (Marion O’Brien, Ph.D., & Julie A. Daggett, Ph.D., 2006)

Children with Autism (Michael D. Powers, 2000)

Could it be Autism?: A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps (Nancy D. Wiseman, 2006)

The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children (Suzi Tortora, 2006)

Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism: An Expert’s Guide to Treatment (B. Siegel, 2008)

Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s (Koegel, Lynn Kern & Claire LaZebnik)

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph over Autism (Catherine Maurice, 1993)

Ninos Autistas: Guia para padres, terapeutas y educadores (Trillas, 1999). Translation of Children with Autism, a Parent’s Guide. (Michael D. Powers, 2000)

1001 Great Ideas for Treating and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Veronica Zysk, 2004)

Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life (Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., and Claire LaZebnik)

Raising a Child with Autism: A Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis for Parents (S. Richman, 2001)

Real Life, Real Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Successful Generalization in Natural Environments (Edited by Christina Whalen, Ph.D., with content contributed by Sabrina Daneshavar, Ph.D., William Frea, Ph.D., and Ronit Molko, Ph.D., 2009)

Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism – A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Sandra Harris, 2nd edition, 2007)

Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism (Temple Grandin, 2006)

Voices from the Spectrum (Cindy N. Ariel, 2006)

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition – The Special Education Survival Guide (Pam and Pete Wright, 2006)

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