Resources for Autistic Individuals and their Families Impacted by War and Displacement

Children and families impacted by war and displacement are likely experiencing severe trauma, and responses may include anxiety, sadness, shame, difficulty concentrating, feeling numb, insecurity, and physical pain. These responses may be heightened for autistic individuals. These Autism Focused Intervention & Resources (AFIRM) resources include social narratives, visual supports, and coping strategies, designed to help provide understanding during chaotic times and offer routines that may bring comfort or familiarity.

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn

This encouraging guide from the developers of a groundbreaking early intervention program provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day. Nearly all young kids—including autistic children—have an amazing capacity to learn. Drs. Sally Rogers, Duke Center for Autism Director Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie Vismara make it surprisingly simple to turn daily routines like breakfast or bath time into fun and rewarding learning experiences that target crucial developmental skills.

EDSM Online Caregiver-coaching Modules

In the caregiver-delivered version of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), caregivers are coached to use strategies during their everyday interactions with their children that have been shown to promote social interaction, communication and learning. Free, online caregiver coaching modules are now available. 

Visual Supports and Autism

Visual supports can be a very effective way for children and adults with autism to communicate.This tool kit, developed by the Autism Treatment Network with the support from the Health Resources and Services Administration to Vanderbilt University, provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them.

Social Narrative: Getting a Shot is OK

Use this social narrative, created by Hands in Autism Resource Center at Indiana University, to help autistic individuals learn about and prepared to get a shot at the doctor's visit.

What Science Tells Us About Autism Spectrum Disorder

From leading autism researchers, including Duke Center for Autism Director Geraldine Dawson, PhD, this accessible guide helps you put the latest advances to work for your unique child. Separating fact from fiction about causes, treatments, and prevention, the book guides you to make lifestyle choices that support the developing brain. Learn about the choices you have — and the steps you can take — to build a happier, healthier life for your child and family.

Challenging Behaviors Toolkit

Sometimes, autistic individuals display behaviors that are challenging to understand and address. The Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit, created by Autism Speaks, will provide you with strategies and resources to address these behaviors and help support you during difficult situations.

The IEP Toolkit

A strong Individualized Education Program (IEP) is an important part of ensuring your child’s success at school. Empowering parents to be their children’s best advocates is the guiding principle for this toolkit, created by the Autism Society of NC, which will walk you through the process.

Autism & Suicide: Resources from American Association of Suicidology

Autistic people have significantly higher rates of suicidal thoughts, suicidal behaviors, and deaths by suicide than the general public. The American Association of Suicidology as developed autism specific resources to aid in supporting autistic people in crisis.