Autism - Resources for families
Welcome to our repository of resources for families! In this blog post, we’ve gathered valuable information that our team, participants, and their families use regularly.
Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, or someone looking to learn more about autism, we’ve got you covered.
Explore the resources below to further your knowledge and understanding.
Ido In Autismland by Ido Kedar
This book is an insightful (and short) read on what it’s like to live inside a neurodiverse mind from someone who was non-verbal for most of their life, but I think it’s an important perspective on someone who had difficulty expressing what their engagement in some therapies was like.
Find it on Amazon
Ready to Learn Interoception Kit: Interoception is our ability to understand our body’s internal cues, such as needing to go to the toilet, feeling hot/cold, hunger etc. Often people on the autism spectrum have difficulties with these cues. This is an excellent resource about interoception: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/ready-to-learn-interoception-kit.pdf
Short on time? Here’s a 45 min presentation Dr Emma Goodall (researcher/author) gives on interoception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41zEuYD6MDw
The Parenting Spectrum
You’re invited into the home of Fiona and Travis, and their son Patch as they discover what an autism diagnosis means and what happens next.
It’s the podcast Fiona and Travis needed when Patch was first diagnosed.
Find it here
Uniquely Human: The Podcast expands the conversation on autism and neurodiversity by amplifying the voices of autistic individuals and thought leaders in providing insightful, cutting-edge and practical information about the autistic experience.
Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?
This video is a great explanation of how we can lose control of our bodies and behaviours and that once we reach a threshold it’s difficult to come back, so it’s our responsibility to notice the signs that we’re becoming overwhelmed and need a break. Find it here
Autism is a gift
This as a great piece on how one of the leading ASD experts in the world didn’t notice his son was autistic. Every autistic person is unique and we love Tony Attwood’s views on ASD generally. Find it here
Australian Autism Alliance
A diverse national network combining representative, experienced and expert voices. The Alliance brings together key autism organisations representing people on the autism spectrum, their parents and carers, service providers and researchers who aim to realise the potential of autistic Australians. Find it here
The Hanen Centre
Created by a Speech Pathologist in the 70s, The Hanen Centre has been developing resources for families and early childhood educators working with children with language and communication delays. Find it here
Lives in The Balance
This website is a hub of free resources on the CPS model. Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the evidence-based, trauma-informed, neurodiversity affirming model of care that helps caregivers focus on identifying the problems that are causing concerning behaviors in kids and solving those problems collaboratively and proactively.
Reframing Autism - Autism Essentials
This is a free, self-paced course that provides a solid understanding of Autism in a way that is neuro-affirming. This means we talk about Autism and Autistic people in a way that is respectful of who we are, our strengths and our challenges, and does not prioritise non-Autistic ways of being, thinking and doing.
Atypical sensory processing is now considered to be a core feature of autism. For many people on the autism spectrum, living with atypical sensory processing can make it difficult to function effectively within a particular environment. read more here
‘Siblings Australia is committed to improving the support available for siblings of children and adults with chronic conditions including disability, chronic illness and mental health issues.’ Find it here
Now & Next
Facilitated online: Now & Next is facilitated by trained parent peer workers with lived experience in raising a child with a disability or developmental delay. By learning through shared experience and connecting with other families, the program complements the therapists and professionals you work with, to deliver great outcomes.
Find it here
Thank you for reading our autism resource repository blog post! We hope you’ve found these resources helpful and informative. Please come back to this blog post as more resources will be added as we discover them.
If you have any recommendations that you’d like to add to the list or would simply like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org