RANDOLPH, Mass., March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), every member of the family is affected. While each experience is unique, there are common challenges that most families face throughout their journeys. These include dealing with the diagnosis, choosing the best treatment options, and building a strong and supportive network.
Being armed with up-to-date, accurate information about ASD can help families feel more comfortable as they face these challenges. But how do they know where to begin and how to make good choices at each step along the way? An Internet search for ASD can result in hundreds of thousands of hits from a variety of sources that often provide conflicting information.
"That's why May Institute goes beyond providing evidence-based services," shares Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute. "We and our National Autism Center are also committed to raising awareness about autism and disseminating scientific information that people can use to make well-informed choices with and for their loved ones on the spectrum. One in 68 children has been diagnosed with ASD, a lifelong condition. It has never been more important for families to learn all they can. Knowledge is power."
Drawing from the vast range of expertise provided by dozens of its clinical experts, May Institute offers the following 30 articles about autism and related special needs from its library of resources, written in accessible and practical language. These articles provide important information on a range of topics including diagnosis, early intervention, effective treatment, and everyday living strategies for individuals and families living with ASD.
To view all 30 articles, visit www.mayinstitute.org/30topics30days
- Get the Facts About ASD
- How Is ASD Diagnosed?
- Managing the Stress that Accompanies a Diagnosis
- Early Intervention
- Evidence-based Practices
- What Is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
- Functions of Behaviors
- What Does that Mean? (1 & 2)
- When a Family Member Is Diagnosed
- Communication Tools for Children with ASD
- Limited, Supervised Screen Time Can Be Beneficial
- Reducing Self-stimulatory Behavior
- Behavioral Traps and How to Avoid Them
- What Are Token Economies?
- Maintaining Skills in Summer
- Fun and Safe Summer Outings
- Out-of-District Placement
- Back to School with ASD
- Halloween Tips
- Plan Ahead for More Relaxing Holidays
- Coming of Age with Developmental Disability
- Turning 22 and Autism
- Helping Individuals with Special Needs Develop Friendships
- Navigating the First Romantic Relationship
- Managing Sensory Overload
- How to Help People with Special Needs Benefit from and Enjoy Community Outings
- Anxiety Disorders in People with Intellectual Disabilities
- Vacationing with an Adult with Intellectual Disabilities
- Finding the Balance Between Providing Support and Promoting Independence
- Celebrating the Special Qualities of Individuals with ASD
About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. At more than 140 service locations across the country, highly trained staff work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.
About the National Autism Center at May Institute
The National Autism Center is May Institute's Center for the Promotion of Evidence-based Practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities. Visit www.nationalautismcenter.org.
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