Resources for parenting a child with ASD
- UConn Parent Training website A free, web-based training program for caregivers of children with ASD. It is designed to educate caregivers in basic behavioral and naturalistic teaching principles, developmental milestones, and use of evidence-based intervention principles.
- Exercise Buddy Exercise is important for people with autism and opportunities to facilitate physical activity during COVID-19 is critical. Exercise Buddy is an app available on tablets which can help increase physical activity.
- Help Is in Your Hands This video training includes 16 lessons with animated and narrated videos of families interacting in their homes that walking caregivers through specific strategies they can use with their toddlers to support social communication.
- Caring for Individuals with Autism During a Crisis This pamphlet offers families guidance on navigating crises, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. Includes tips on preparing for crises, following a daily routine, continuing communication with caregivers, maintaining social support, addressing treatment discrimination in hospitals, and provides additional crisis resources.
- We Wear Masks A simple Social Story to help children understand why we wear masks. It also provides language for providers, families, teachers, and other caregivers.
- Making Mask-Wearing Easier for Autistic Adults and Those with Sensory Needs
Some easy steps to practice mask-wearing at home so that you can be successful wearing masks as communities re-open.
- Caregiver Tips to Make Mask-Wearing Easier for People with Autism Steps caregivers and parents can use to help their children and loved one’s wear masks successfully as communities re-open
- ASD Strategies in Action 30+ hours of online video learning resources available at no cost for the autism community.
- COVID-19 Video Teaching Story from University of Miami – NSU A helpful social narrative video to help individuals with autism understand the Coronavirus
- UC Davis Autism Distance Education Parent Training (ADEPT) A 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning module. The goal is to provide parents with tools and training to teach their child functional skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques more effectively.
- Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times - UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team A comprehensive guide with visual tools and resources related to support strategies, coping and calming skills, hygiene, daily schedules and routines, communication, and activities.
- Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit offers strategies to help families understand these behaviors and how to support their loved ones in difficult situations.
- Tips for managing children at home during COVID-19
- OCALI Autism Internet Modules A series of free online trainings on a variety of topics. They provide high-quality information and professional development for anyone who supports, instructs, works with, or lives with someone with autism.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Virtual Outreach Series Supporting Families Through COVID-19 includes the following topics:
- Homebound: Strategies to Improve Compliance and Cooperation with Your Children
- Behavior Management Basics
- Collaborating with Your Child’s School Team through COVID-19
- Sleep Hygiene Tips for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities
- Calming Strategies in the COVID-19 Storm
- Autism Research Institute Webinars
- Coping with disrupted routines
- Behavioral health care during COVID-19 pandemic
Social distancing requirements and stay at home orders mean may behavioral health services for people with autism will no longer be available in person.
- Continuing clinical care during social distancing and school/program closures