Many of us likely know someone on the autism spectrum or someone with a child or other family member on the spectrum. According to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recognizing April is National Autism Awareness Month, we’re discussing it on our Parent Talks podcast in two parts.
In Part 1, two mothers share their experiences and the signs and behaviors that led them to seek professional help. We also hear from two pediatric therapists with Encompass, Missy Budworth and Kim Hall, as they offer their suggestions and guidance to parents who have concerns about their child’s development.
- Encompass offers programs to support family members of children with special needs:
- Sibshops: Workshops for siblings of children with unique and special needs, developmental delays, disabilities, or who are receiving pediatric therapy services.
- Connections: Resources, information, and social support for families with children with unique and special needs, developmental delays, disabilities, or who are receiving pediatric therapy services.
- Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- Ben’s Fund, in partnership with the Seattle Foundation, provides financial support to children and young adults with autism along with guidance and support as they continue their journey.
- Parent to Parent programs offer peer support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health concern. Experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources. Click here to learn more about Parent to Parent in Washington, or click here to find a Parent to Parent program in your state.
- You can always check out our Resource Library for more activities, articles, videos, apps, and websites recommended by the Encompass team.
Thanks for listening!