ABA/IBI & Related
Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT)
Communication and Sensory Integration Resources
Apps for Mobile Devices
Other Treatment Resources
Behaviour Supports Special Education Resources
Drugs and Medications
Diet, Biomedical Treatments and Other Complementary
Animal Assisted Therapies
Vacines & Environmental Information
Canadian Treatment/Support Centres
New American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Two new clinical reports from the AAP will help pediatricians recognize autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) earlier and guide families to effective interventions, which will ultimately improve the lives of children with ASDs and their families. The first clinical report, Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, provides detailed information on signs and symptoms so pediatricians can recognize and assess ASDs in their patients. Educational strategies and associated therapies, which are the cornerstones of treatment for ASDs, are reviewed in the second AAP clinical report, Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Autism Management Advisory Team Report on Lifespan Needs of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder [PDF]. Province of Nova Scotia, May 3, 2010.
Autism One Radio: A Worldwide, Web-Based Radio Station for the Care, Treatment, and Recovery of Children with Autism.
Autism: The Road Back. Documentary from the Knowledge Network features three families in BC and the different types of therapies each family has chosen.
Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC): A no-cost intervention evaluation tool. The ATEC was designed specially to evaluate treatment effectiveness.
Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network (CAIRN): Reviews high quality studies of various behavioural treatments, drug treatments and educational interventions.
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: Free child development materials.
Challenging the Myths of Autism: Unlock New Possibilities and Hope. Jonathan Alderson, Ed. M. (2011).
The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments, S.K. Freeman, PhD. The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments was inspired by parents of children afflicted with autism. After speaking with several thousands of parents about various treatments and answering similar questions over and over again, Dr. Freeman realized that parents need a clear way -- a guide -- to help make appropriate treatment decisions for their child. [Read the info. sheet]
"Educating Children with Autism," National Academies of Science: The importance of effective and early treatment is presented in this report.
Evidence for Effectiveness of Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders In Children and Adolescents, Executive Summary, October 2008 [PDF]. U.S., The Health Resources Commission, Office for Oregon Health Policy & Research, 1225 Ferry Street SE Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503.373.1629
Helping Children with Autism: Autism Treatment Strategies and Parenting Tips from helpguide.org.
Schafer Autism Report (SAR): A daily autism email newsletter which includes a study showing that early intervention reduces the statistic of lack of speech development in children with autism from 50% to 14%. The study's author, Catherine Lord, is one of the leading autism early intervention researchers in the world. SAR also has searchable archives of past editions where one can review studies indicating the importance of early intervention, and the difference between outcomes for children who do and do not receive effective early treatment/intervention.
TAP, The Autism Perspective Magazine: Presents options for therapies, new understanding, treatments and services.
Treatments for People with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Research Perspectives: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Sponsored by: The NIH Autism Coordinating Committee and the Department of Education, Office of Special Education, Neuroscience Center.
U.S. Public Health Service: Surgeon General's Report on Autism .
ABA Learning Centre: Provides services to families of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other complex developmental disabilities. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the foundation of intervention. Treatment programs are designed to each child’s developmental needs to help the child reach his/her full potential.
ABA Educational Resources: Website designed by mother of a child on the spectrum for parents/service providers. Free downloads for home-based ABA.
ABA Resources for Recovery from Autism/PDD/Hyperlexia.
ABACUS: Autism Ontario site to Assist Parents in Finding Autism Applied Behaviour Analysis Services. ABACUS, is a web-based registry of Ontario Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) providers.
Clarifying Comments on the UCLA Young Autism Project by Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (August 2nd, 2000): This report provides tables of data comparing specific outcome measures (IQ at age 2-3 and age 7, and independence as assessed by the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales) of studies from the UCLA-Young Autism Project (ABA), the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute and TEACCH. The results are very consistent: the ABA based UCLA-YAP children with autism had significantly higher scores in all areas.
Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Alberta: FEAT/AB provides support, information, education and guidance for those involved with the Autism community, who believe in the efficacy of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) intervention and ABA-like interventions.
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) U.S.: FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals, designed to help families with children who have received the diagnosis of Autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD NOS).
Help Us Learn: A training program for preparing parents, educators, students, teachers, therapists, service providers, friends and family to use Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programs to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, PDD, & other developmental delays.
Including Me: Building Skills for Special Students. ABA with PlaySteps® Books and Toys.
RethinkAutism: A web-based Autism treatment platform with an ephasis on ABA. Features programming for professionals, as well as parents, and includes a free trial.
Gray Center for Social Learning & Understanding: Non-profit site including Carol Gray's social stories, and other information and ideas.
Polyxo.com: Teaching Children with Autism, a resource by Jason M. Wallin
The SCERTS Model: Barry Prizants website.
SCERTS Model website: Created by Carol Gray, describes the model and SCERTS philosophy in one of her Journals published in 2002.
The Augmentative Communication Community Partnerships Canada (ACCPC) Communication Assistants Project. People who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) often experience communication challenges when interacting with people in their communities. They may require someone who understands how they communicate to assist them in communicating with unfamiliar people. In 2007, ACCPC conducted a pilot project that explored how people can use trained communication assistants to increase their communication and participation in their communities.
The American Music Therapy Association. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Music Therapy Research and Evidence-Based Practice Support (An annotated bibliography).
ASD Visual Aids: A company offering visual tools and solutions for home, care, work and educational settings that empower children and young people with ASD.
College of Optometrists in Vision Development: Information on vision training.
Computer Software – Laureate: Software designed specifically for children with developmental disabilities.
FPI Sensations: offers innovative, multi sensory rich products, equipment and environments (MSE) to meet the special needs of all ages and all abilities.
The Hanen Centre: The Hanen Centre is a recognized innovator in family-focused early language intervention programs and learning resources for parents and professionals. The More Than Words® Program is family-focused, and gives parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related social communication difficulties, practical tools to help their children communicate. The TalkAbility™ Program is designed for families with children aged three to seven on the mild end of the autism spectrum, and focuses on both parent-child and child-child interactions.
Give your Child a Reason to Communicate with Bubbles by Lauren Lowry, Hanen Certified SLP and Clical Staff Writer (2013).
Hear This! Digital Auditory Aerobics: Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) improves the way the ears work. Clients listen to specially designed music that is "exercise" for the inner ear and brain. At the end of the treatment cycle, the ears work better, process sound and language quicker, and listening, learning and speech becomes easier.
iCommunicate: A rich web resource with video presentations, resources, articles and downloads, dedicated to improving communication and the communication potential of everyone.
The Listening Centre: Private clinic offering a method of sound stimulation called the Tomatis Method.
Niki Talk: Niki Talk is an application for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The app plays an album, that is a collection of pictures (including related text and speech) customized to meet the user preferences. Pictures can be organized by categories (verbs, foods, drinks, places, toys, movies, people, etc.). Users tap to indicate desired activities and construct messages.
The PECS System and a PECS resource page.
Picture Card Communication: Personalized/individualized visual resources and educational materials for people affected by Autism and their families, teachers, therapists, etc.
Sew Sensory: Specializes in custom-made sensory therapeutic tools: weighted vests, weighted blankets, compression/deep pressure vests, weighted lap pads, weighted shoulder wraps, and sensory exploration toys.
Snug Vest: Offers an inflatable vest that provides deep pressure therapy. Pressure is evenly distributed on the torso to reduce anxiety for those with autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders and other related disorders.
Soundbeam 5: A unique musical instrument which uses motion sensors and switches to translate body movements into music and sound.
Speech Therapy Centres of Canada: Ontario-based speech therapy centres offering services for individuals and families. Free family workshops provide information about various therapy options, and home-based strategies to develop speech and communications skills.
Therapeutic Communication Through Music. A collection of links to resources about music therapy and autism.
Visual Strategies-Linda Hodgdon: Provides information on utilizing visual strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders and includes free printable pictures. The site also provides information on Linda Hodgdon’s materials, workshops and services.
AutiPlan: Easily create planners using clocks and pictograms. AutiPlan is an online application primarily aimed at children and adults on the Autism spectrum. The software will soon be available for the Android platform.
Dr. Brown's Apps: Dr. Brown's apps are designed to help young children with autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), or any child who has trouble staying on task.
Gus Communications Devices, Inc.: Offers a number of speech packages to assist with communication. Hardware solutions are built on existing consumer platforms (iPad, iPod, Windows XP, Windows 7), and software is available for purchase separately. TalkTablet for iPadnow available on the app store.
Picture AAC App Helps Children with Autism Worldwide Communicate Effectively. PRweb, Timesunion.com, March 22, 2012: Autism apps developed for touchscreen tablet and smartphone like iPad & iPhone are revolutionizing the way autistic children and adults learn and communicate.
10 Revolutionary iPad Apps to Help Autistic Children. GadgetsDNA.com, August 15, 2010
Best iPad Apps for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Tracy, BookRoom Reviews, August 16, 2010.
iPicto: iPicto for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, provides quick support and clarification in communication with people with a (mental) disability.
iParenting: 11 Apps for Special-Needs Kids. Amanda Dellario. Amanda Dellario, Today's iPhone, June 21, 2010.
Let's Talk: Communication Support Tool. A customisable, icon-based communication app for the iPhone.
MyVoice Helps with Autism and Stroke: A new communication device that is location aware. CBC News, April 6, 2011: A new iPhone app that will help people with autism or who are recovering from strokes has been developed in Canada.
Niki Talk: Niki Talk is an application for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The app plays an album, that is a collection of pictures (including related text and speech) customized to meet the user preferences. Pictures can be organized by categories (verbs, foods, drinks, places, toys, movies, people, etc.). Users tap to indicate desired activities and construct messages.
Autism Training with Low Arousal Support Services (ATLASS): ATLASS aims to provide individualised supports for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's).
Autism Essentials™ DVD Training Program: A Step-by-Step program to understanding your child’s autism and effective strategies you can use at home to help them in your busy day-to-day life.
Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention™: The Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention™ program is a unique and powerful approach to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that integrates a variety of treatments into a single program. Every IMTI program is customized to address the unique challenges and needs of each individual child.
The Miller Method: A Cognitive-Developmental Systems Approach for Children on the Autism Spectrum.
Social Skills Instruction – Making (and Keeping) Friends: A Model for Social Skills Instruction, Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
Happy Families: A Parents' Guide to the Non-Violent Resistance Approach by Carmelite Avraham-Krehwinkel and David Aldridge (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2010).
Managing Aggressive Behaviour in Care Settings: Understanding and Applying Low Arousal Approaches, Andrew McDonnell, Studio III Group, 2009.
Mental Health Canada/Santé Mentale Canada Inc.: National bilingual internet directory of 12,000 Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and Social Workers. Public information and education resource on mental health concerns.
Practical Behaviour Management Solutions for Children and Teens with Autism: The 5P Approach, Linda Miller, Jessica Kingsley Publishers: Designed specifically for parents and teachers, and complete with photocopiable tools, this book will provide structured yet flexible guidance for all parents and professionals supporting a child or young person on the autism spectrum.
A Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder by Khalid Karim, Alvina Ali and Michelle O'Reilly (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2013). Exploring the relationship between ASD and mental health difficulties, this book offers practical guidance to help parents and professionals recognise and handle co-morbid conditions, and dispels the myth that they are just a part of autism.
Studio III Group. The Studio III group comprises three individual companies, all of which promote the ideals, philosophies and benefits of non-aversive behaviour management.
Accelerations Educational Software: Makers of DT Trainer, ActivityTrainer, etc.
Alert Program: The Alert Program is used to help teach self-regulation awareness. The website provides information on the program's steps for teaching self-regulation awareness, workshop opportunities, and ordering information.
Advanced Brain Technologies: Computer learning games for kids with ASD.
All The Best Teacher Resources for Free!: Resources for teachers on different disabilities and/or special needs.
The Amazing-Incredible Handwriting Worksheet Maker. Make full-page custom handwriting worksheets in seconds!
Asperger Syndrome in the Inclusive Classroom: Advice and Strategies for Teachers by Stacey W. Betts, Dion E. Betts and Lisa N. Gerber-Eckard (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007). Offers support and practical techniques for teachers who work with children with Asperger Syndrome (AS).
AUT-2B-HOME list: Private discussion group of families homeschooling their autistic spectrum children full or part-time. Education and autism: developing programs that meet individual needs and learning styles, teaching methods, curriculums, resources (books, websites, organizations, etc), autism therapies, homeschool laws, IDEA laws as applied to homeschoolers, homeschool support groups, addressing lack of support from family and professionals, environmental issues, diet, nutrition, etc.
Autism and Intensive Interaction: Using Body Language to Reach Children on the Autistic Spectrum, Phoebe Caldwell (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010). Intensive Interaction is receiving increasing acclaim as an effective way of communicating and developing emotional engagement with children with autism, and this film shows just how remarkable the results of this simple, easy-to-use approach can be.
Autism Pro: Software tool for supporting services for children with autism.
Awakening Minds© produces ebooks, writing workbooks and literacy worksheets; and hosts workshops with a focus on teaching caregivers and educators how to teach special needs learners (design and implementation), and relate to them (behavioural management, interaction approachment, sensory strategies, self-care for caregivers).
Brain-based Learning: An Overview: A resource about what Brain-based Learning is, and other issues that talk about the many different learning styles.
Bridges Canada: Technology tools for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Cindy's Autistic Support!: Links to free worksheets on social skills and activities.
Communication A to Z: Provides a variety of services including assessment, positive supports services as well as a variety of training to help families, schools and organizations assist individuals with special needs. An email newsletter can be subscribed to from the home page.
The Classroom and Communication Skills Program: Practical Strategies for Educating Young Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Developmental Disabilities in the Public School Setting, Megan Ahlers and Colleen Hannigan Zillich (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2008). This tool was developed out of need to serve children with autism who are nonverbal or limited verbal and are lacking in classroom foundation skills.
Different Roads to Learning: This site provides a variety of teaching materials that can be purchased.
Do to Learn: This site includes a collection of free printable visuals, games and teaching tools.
Dynavox: Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) resources.
EducationalPsychology.net: The field of educational psychology is incredibly broad and informed by many different disciplines. Yet its core mission remains the same: to determine how and why humans learn in educational settings. The EducationalPsychology.net project is dedicated to producing and collecting highly relevant materials to the practice of educational psychology.
Education World Search Engine: A search engine that can locate any available resources on the web about education.
Exceptional Resources: Distributor of resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Books/Videos/CD-Roms/Online publishing.
Fantastic Phonics: A research-based early reading program available free to aid agencies and charities. The program is also available for purchase by individuals.
HALO - Helping Autism through Learning and Outreach: SOMA Rapid Promting Method (RPM).
Home schooling: Great Idea or Big Mistake? Talks about advantages and disadvantages of home schooling, particularly home schooling children with various learning disabilities.
Homeschooling: Website of a family who are homeschooling their children including a daughter with autism.
Instructional/Classroom Accommodations #1: Outlines the Instructional or Classroom Accommodations to parents and students for students who have various special needs.
Kozmic Visual Connections: Learning tools and kits. Saskatoon home-based business.
Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators, Kari Dunn Buron and Pamela Wolfberg Ph.D. eds. (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2009). "This text responds to the escalating need to prepare highly qualified educators with essential knowledge and practical skills to support diverse learners on the autism spectrum..."
Learning Language Together™ Learning Language Together™ provides easy-to-use resources to enable parents and professionals help their children develop speech, language and literacy skills.
Let's Face It! (LFI!): A free, downloadable program which uses a blend of interactive computer games and hands on exercises designed to teach basic facial processing skills. The program is developed through a joint program between the University of Victoria Brain and Cognition Lab, and the Yale Child Study Centre.
Make Your Own Therapy Tools and Toys: 20 great ideas from around your house and neighborhood. Terri Mauro, About.com: Occupational and speech therapy catalogs offer a wide array of cool tools and toys, many of them carrying pricetags more appropriate for a school district budget than a family's pocketbook...
MouseTrial Autism Software Database: A free resource for parents and professionals listing software for autism treatment.
Multimedia Products for Children with Autism: Launch into Learning is a multimedia skill-building program for children with autism and related disabilities. Uses DVDs, story books and music to present therapy-based exercises in a fun, simple format for children with special learning needs.
Pacific Pediatric Supply (PPS): PPS provides a new source of innovative, high quality, sensory integration products for autistic and special needs children.
Physical Education Ideas for Teachers, Parents, and Students: Ideas for Teachers, Parents, and Students on How to Adapt the Physical Education programs in schools to integrate and meet the needs of students with disabilities.
The Puzzle of Autism [PDF]: National Education Association (NEA) 38-page guide explains the common features of autism and suggests effective classroom strategies for improving communication, sensory, social and behavioral skills.
Raising Horizons: Training course software for people with autism and other learning disabilities. Current courses include: Your School Day (5-12 years); At Work, including CV Builder; The Teenage Years (13-19 years); Travel with Me (10+ years); Stress Reduction Programme; and Sign-Net - Sign Language Courseware. Courses can be personalized to include the individual’s own family, school, home, etc.
Read and Teach Books: Read and Teach Ebooks are filled with colourful pictures, a short verse and a question about the subject to encourage interaction.
See-n-Speak: A family-run company offering several products to aid in visual learning.
Southpaw Enterprises: A community of people and products dedicated to children with special challenges and those who care for them. They offer sensory integration and developmental products, pediatric therapy equipment, resources, and support for therapeutic professionals, health care professionals, schools, and families.
Spark Notes: A resource for students who are studying English but need preteaching of novels – synopses, context material, character sketches, etc.
"The Space Place,” Catalyst Pictures: The Space Place is an animation series produced by British company Catalyst Pictures Ltd. to help children have a better understanding of the link between facial expression and emotion. This DVD will be available in NTSC format from June 2008. View a sample episode on the website. To get up-to-date information pre-register your interest to purchase on the website.
Special Ed Advocate Newsletter: This tells you how to subscribe to the Special Education Advocate Newsletter, shows you a sample of what other advocates have accomplished, and tells you what you need to do in order to advocate your special education needs for yourself.
Special Education Service Agency: An Alaskan education resource for people with a developmental disorder.
Spectrum Training Systems, Inc.: Education and training for parents, teachers, therapists and individuals who work directly with anyone affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Currently working primarily in the Midwestern United States.
Starfall: Learn to Read with Phonics. A free public service to teach children to read with phonics. The systematic phonics approach presented by Starfall, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
Strategies at Hand: Quick and Handy Strategies for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum. by Robin D. Brewer, Ed.D. and Tracy G. Mueller, Ph.D. (The Autism Asperger Publishing Company 2008).
Supporting Inclusive Schools: A Handbook for Developing and Implementing Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Manitoba Education, CItizenship and Youth, 2005. A planning and programming resource for school teams who support students with ASD. PDF: Acknowledgements and Content | Ch. 1: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) | Ch. 2: The Student w/ ASD | Ch. 3: Planning for the Student w/ ASD | Ch. 4: Teaching the Student w/ ASD | Ch. 5: Instructional Strat. for the Student w/ ASD | App. A: DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria | App. B: Asperger's Syndrome | App. C: Behavioural Support for Student w/ ASD | App. D: ASD Inventory | App. E: Human Sexuality Edu. & Student w/ ASD | App. F: Forms | Bibliography | Suggested Readings
The TV Teacher: A series of educational videos designed to assist with the development of reading and writing skills.
Twelve Tips for Setting Up An Autism Classrooom from Natural Learning Concepts: Teaches children to understand questions that begin with “What”, “How”, “When”, “Which”, “Where” and “Why”.
The Writing C.L.A.W. (Controlling Letters of Adolescent/Adult Writing): A pencil grip which helps to promote proper grip, good handwriting and increased fine motor function.
See Also: Resources for Teachers
Sample IEP for child with Autism/PDD.
Saskatchewan Learning Special Education Unit: Teaching Students with Autism - A Guide for Educators 1999 [PDF] Includes a section on IEP's, called Personal Program Plan in Saskatchewan.
The National Institute of Mental Health: Has established a network of Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPPs) that combine expertise in psychopharmacology and psychiatry. Located at several research centers, they are intended to become a national resource that will expedite clinical trials in children. Five groups are specifically funded to evaluate treatments for autism, studying dose range and regimen of medications as well as their mechanisms of action, safety, efficacy, and effects on cognition, behavior, and development. For example, the RUPP at Kennedy Krieger Institute is conducting a study on the efficacy of methylphenidate (Ritalin) in children and adolescents with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).
The Autism Research Institute (ARI): Has collected data from parents about their experiences with psychiatric medications and other treatments. The results of this ongoing collection of parent survey data is available at this web site.
Autism Collaboration: Site contains information on medications including an overview paper for parents of young autistic children based on the research and personal experience, of four different authors. The authors differ in their opinions on the role psychoactive drugs should play.
Drug3K - Prescription Drug Information for Consumers: An online drug encyclopaedia featuring detailed information on prescription and medications including description, image drug, use, dosage, storage, precautions, and side effects.
Safe Use Project: Building Awareness of Safe Use of Medicines Among Family Caregivers of Seniors and Chronically Ill Children: The Canadian Association for Community Care, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, and VON Canada project aims to promote awareness about the safe use of medicines and the prevention of medication misuse. This page deals with aspects of the Project aimed at caregivers of children with chronic illness. The Project goal is to raise awareness about safe medicine use among family members, friends and/or neighbours who provide care to seniors and children with chronic illness.
Tardive Dyskinesia: A free information service sponsored by the Peterson Firm that aspires to provide accurate information on Tardive Dyskinesia.
The Autism File: A long-established and leading international journal covering all aspects of autism is now available in North America. The Autism File provides practical information covering medical, nutritional and educational matters. It tracks and reports on research and focuses on applications today and the solutions that may be coming soon.
DAN! Defeat Autism Now!: Alternative approach to autism developed by a group of physicians and scientists (including a number of parents of autistic children). DAN physicians focus on the biomedical treatment of underlying nutritional, allergic, immune and detoxification issues in autism.
Eating for Autism: The 10-Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child's Autism, Asperger's, or ADHD. Elizabeth Strickland (Lifelong Books 2011).
The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions, Karyn Seroussi and Lisa Lewis (2008). In 1995, Karyn Seroussi and Lisa Lewis created an international parent network that has educated thousands about dietary and biomedical interventions for autism. Thirteen years, three books, countless conferences, and over fifty thousand emails later, they decided to put it all together. The sum of their knowledge is here, in one easy-to-use reference guide.
Feel Good Natural Health Stores: An online outlet which provides a wide range of natural health supplements and foods. Worldwide shipping available.
Fondation Québécoise de la Maladie Coeliaque: French-Canadian website with information on Celiac disease.
Gluten Free-Casein Free Support Group: Support Group Website on the Gluten free-Casein free diet with information on use for ASD.
The HANDLE ® Institute: Provides non-drug evaluation and treatment for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Founded by Judith Bluestone as a non-profit organization in 1994, the Institute offers clinical services, community information, and professional training programs based on a Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency (HANDLE). Purchase The Fabric of Autism: Weaving the Threads into a Cogent Theory (2004) byJudith Bluestone.
Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide to Medical, Nutritional, and Behavioral Issues, Fred R. Volkmar & Lisa A. Wiesner: (Woodbine House, 2004). Part of the series Topics in Autism.
The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, Updated and Revised: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet, Pamela Compart, M.D., Dana Laake, R.D.H., M.S., L.D.N., (Fair Winds Publishers, 2009).
Litebooks, Indigo Dreams: Books and CDs designed to introduce stress-management and relaxation techniques to children, teens, and adults.
Nourishing Hope for Autism by Julie Matthews [book]: Winner of the 2009 1st Place Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year -- Most Progressive Health Book" at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Nourishing Hope for Autism provides the scientific WHY and HOW various diets help children find relief from the symptoms of autism. Join the facebook group Nourishing Hope for Autism Diet Community.
No Wheat No Way: Gluten-Free Recipes You've Been Waiting For, Theresa Santandrea-Cull [Book].
Weighted Vest for Autistic Children. Site offers a weighted vest system designed to look like ordinary clothing.
4 Paws for Ability: 4 Paws was the first agency to begin placing skilled autism service dogs. It continues to be the largest organization in the United States, and the only organization placing autism assistance dogs with tracking in other countries.
The Canadian Foundation for Animal Assisted Therapy: A national foundation supporting the the innovation, coordination, and integration of Animal-Assisted Support Services within Canada's health-care and social service sectors. View June 2009 Newletter [PDF] | [DOC]
Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA): CTRA's mandate is threefold - to improve the quality of life for persons with a disability, to offer a workplace and training program, and to educate and integrate the public. CTRA, located on Providence Farm, Duncan, BC, offers a range of programs for children and adults.
Dogs With Wings Assistance Dog Society: Fostering independence and integration for people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support.
King's Ransom Equestrian: Located in King Township, Ontario, King's Ransom Equestrian offers a range of therapeutic riding programs. Therapeutic riding is a unique equine-based therapy for children and adults with cognitive, physical and emotional conditions which focuses on improving balance, coordination, focus, independence, confidence, motor and social skills.
National Service Dog Training Centre Inc, (NSD), Cambridge, Ontario. Have successfully matched specially trained Labrador and Golden Retrievers to over 120 children with autism. Research Study: “Evaluating the Benefits of Service Dogs for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Autism: Do Environmental Factors Play a Role in Causation? Ted Schettler MD, MPH, SCience Director, Science and Environmental Health Network (June 2006).
The Ability Society of Alberta (ASA): The mandate of the Ability Society of Alberta (ASA) is the provision of quality asset-based services for persons of all ages that are vulnerable or have special needs in the areas of assistive technology, early childhood development, employment, housing, education, seniors issues, community inclusion, community development and independent living both within Canada and internationally.
The Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF): The Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families works to strengthen member agencies and promotes attitudes, practices and conditions that contribute to quality services for vulnerable children and families. An extensive training section, provincial, national and international workshops, seminars and conferences, current articles & reports and one of the most comprehensive list of grants is made available on the website.
Big Things Can Happen: Behaviour Therapy and Learning Centre. Established in 2004, The Behaviour Therapy and Learning Centre (BTLC) is a registered charitable organization providing Program Unit Funded (PUF) educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of children with autism and other developmental delays.
The Society for Treatment of Autism: As a member Autism Treatment Services of Canada (ATSC), the Society for Treatment of Autism is an Alberta-based registered charitable organization providing comprehensive treatment and educational services for people with autism and related disorders. STA offers quality support, consultation and educational services for families and communities in Alberta.
A Parent's Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs [PDF]. Ministry of Children and Family Development, November 2009.
ACT – Autism Community Training: Burnaby, B.C.
ACT is an active BC provincial-wide organization that provides information and support to families, professionals and para-professionals in BC on autism-related issues.
Canucks Autism Network: Vancouver, B.C.
Provides high quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs for individuals and families living with ASDs.
Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism: Kamloops, B.C.
The Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism provides therapy for children with autism, pervasive development disorders, sensory / motor dysfunction and specific syndromes.
Fraser Valley Child Development Centre: B.C.
Offers services in four locations in the Fraser Valley. A variety of services including, Next Step Autism Intervention Program that provides individualized early-intervention services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Gateway Society - Services For Persons With Autism: Delta, B.C. and Prince George, B.C.: A (CARF) accredited agency offering services to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities. Services are available throughout British Columbia . Gateway also operates a Provincial Autism Children's Treatment Centre in Delta, BC and offers training for families and service providers.
Monarch House Autism Centre: Burnaby, B.C.
Monarch House is the first centre of its kind in Canada that offers an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of children with autism. It also provides family support and education.
North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA): Vernon, British Columbia. Provides individualized early intervention servicesfor young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families who live in the North Okanagan.
Phoenix Academy of Learning Society: Vancouver, B.C.
The mission of the Phoenix Academy of Learning Society (PALS) is to provide individualized educational programs for children/adolescents with complex developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.
Reach Child and Youth Development Society: Delta, B.C.
Offers family-centre programs and services for children and youth including Intensive Behavioural Intervention for families of young children under six years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Available to families in Surrey, Delta and Langley.
Asperger Manitoba Resource Centre Unveiled. Press Release, Asperger Manitoba Inc., April 28, 2010.
The Child Guidance Clinic: Provides clinical services to students, families and schools in three school divisions and various independent schools in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Four departments: (Clinical Reading, Communication Disorders, School Psychology, and School Social Work). 700 Elgin Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Phone: (204) 786-7841
St. Amant: St. Amant is a comprehensive resource for Manitobans with a developmental disability. A non-profit corporation, St. Amant offers a wide range of programming services and care to support both developmentally-disabled people and their families. Services include a large main residence, more than 50 community sites and homes, a research centre a school and a daycare. Among other services, St. Amant offers an effective program for autistic children and another for families who care for developmentally-disabled individuals at home. 440 River Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 3Z9, Phone: (204) 256-4301 Fax: (204) 257-4349. View Brochure... [PDF]
Elaine Dobbin Centre: St. John’s, NL.
Provincial Autism Centre: Cynthia Carroll, Executive Director. 1456 Brenton Street Halifax, NS B3J 2K7. Tel: (902) 446-4970 | Fax: (902) 446-4995
ACIS Children's Intervention Services: Provides intervention services to children with developmental disabilities; Toronto-based.
Child Care Resources: Child Care Resources (CCR) is a non-profit community agency which provides many services and supports to parents, children and professionals to enhance and support a good quality of life for children in the early years and those with special needs.
Geneva Centre for Autism: The Geneva Centre is an extensive resource and clinical centre in Canada.
Kerry's Place Autism Services: Kerry's Place Autism Services is committed to enhancing the quality of life of ndividuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, through innovative personalized supports, expertise, collaboration and advocacy.
Leaps & Bounds: Specialized Programming Service: Leaps & Bounds has been chosen as the agency to provide AutismPro software in homes throughout Ontario. AutismPro enables parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals to create an individualized ABA program for a child. View info sheet [PDF]
MukiBaum Treatment Centres for Children and Adults with Complex Disabilities: 265 Rimrock Road, Suite 209, Toronto, ON M3J 3C6, 416-630-2222 Fax: 416-630-2236, Children’s Day Program ( Toronto); Children’s Day Program (York Region); Vocational Art Program; Vocational Program; Sensory Motor Therapy Centre; Residential Program.
New Haven Learning Centre: Toronto, Ontario
Offers: Full-day, year-round ABA-based treatment and education: Intensive, on-going training and professional development for instructors; Parent training and home support for families; Transition and follow-up services for learners who leave the Centre; Consultation services to other agencies to assist in the development of new ABA treatment and education programs; Community outreach through monthly tours and information sessions at New Haven; Financial assistance to families who receive full-time treatment and education services.
The Redpath Centre for Social and Emotional Development: 161 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 201.
The centre currently offers individual, couples, and family therapy and assessment in addition to a variety of workshops and in-services related to Asperger Syndrome.
Solaris Autism Services Housing and Support Program: 3349 Bloor Street West, Suite 40 Etobicoke, Ontario. Contact: (416) 239-9550 |
For people with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism who are preparing to move from the family home to independent living, or for those already living in the community, Solaris Autism Services provides assisted independent living and life skills support through two Therapy and Managed Care facilities. Custom programs are designed to meet individual needs.
Centre of Excellence in Personalized Medicine (CEPMED). 5000 rue Belanger est, Montreal, Quebec H1T 1C8.
Yaldei Development Centre/Centre de développement, Montréal, Québec. 100 Marlowe Avenue, 5th floor, Montréal, Québec, H4A 3L5. Tel: 514-279-3666
Fax: 514-278-3666. Yaldei is the only Québec-based Early Intensive Early Intervention centre to offer a comprehensive and integrated range of programs and therapies in a one-on-one setting in a state- of-the-art facility, conveniently located in the heart of Montréal. It also provides a full range of family support services and community integration programs.
Autism Services (Saskatoon-based), formerly Autism Treatment Services of Saskatchewan Inc. and The Saskatoon Society for Autism, is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to provide to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and their families quality programming, education, advocacy and support services.
Autism Treatment Network: The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is a network of treatment and research centers dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism.
Carbone Clinic: New York-based clinic providing ABA and other services.
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD): Treating children with autism and related disorders. Following ABA treatment, CARD develops individualized plans. With a network of trained supervisors and therapists, CARD can provide services to families throughout the world.
Devereux Foundation: Devereux Pocono Center creates communities of hope for persons with special needs, including mental retardation, developmental, emotional/psychiatric, behavioural disorders and autism; non-profit, based in United States.
Groden Center: Services offered by the Groden Center in Rhode Island include information about the impact of anxiety on individuals with ASDs and strategies that help, such as progressive muscle relaxation and picture rehearsal techniques.
The Help Group Specialized Schools. Founded in 1975, The Help Group is a nonprofit in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems.
Lao Autism Centre: Lao Autism Association is a non-profit association founded by parents of children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders in Lao PDR. It is dedicated to providing access to therapies and training to an increasing number of people with Autism.
The New England Center for Children: A private, non-profit organization serving children with autism and other related disabilities. Provides a full range of educational, residential and treatment programs designed to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
ARCH Disability Law Centre: A Legal Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities is a specialty legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality-rights of persons with disabilities.
Autism Resoluton Ontario: A new parent-led initiative to combat government discrimination against children with ASDs and to make ABA therapy more accessible.
Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL): A federation of more than 400 Local Associations for Community Living, plus 13 Provincial/Territorial ACLs, and over 40,000 people working to advance the full inclusion and human rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Constructive Campaigning for Autism Services: The PACE Parents' Handbook, Armorer Wason (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2005).
Crux-of-the-Matter: Blog by a parent of an adult son with autism - Sandy Crux, Ph.D (Educ)
Health and Social Campaigners' News International (HSCNews): A monthly e-mail news service designed to give members of the Health and Social Campaigners' Network practical information about the policies and activities of patient groups, disability groups, consumer groups, statutory groups, older peoples' groups, carers' groups, and family groups worldwide.
Legal Action in Canada: Resource on the law and court cases involving learning disabilities.
FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) of Alberta: FEAT/AB provides support, information, education and guidance for those involved with the Autism community, who believe in the efficacy of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention and ABA-like interventions.
Medicare for Autism Now! The Medicare for Autism Now! Society was incorporated in August, 2008. They are a volunteer, national coalition of non-partisan parents, advocates, professionals and growing numbers of other fair-minded Canadians seeking Medicare coverage for effective, science-based autism treatment otherwise known as ABA (applied behaviour analysis).