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.

Travel Toolkit

When traveling with a neurodiverse child or individual, It's essential to plan ahead and be ready with some useful tools along the way.  Caregivers can help make the trip as enjoyable as possible for the whole family by creating and using a travel "tool kit" to ease planning and preparation, and support the sensory needs of neurodiverse children.

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Families

During any emergency, health crisis, or natural or man-made disaster, it is necessary to be prepared with a plan and essentials. The Autism Society began the Safe and Sound initiative in 2005 to provide resources on topics such as general safety, emergency preparedness and prevention, and risk management.

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.

Parent's Guide to Autism

This guide will help provide parents with a better understanding of autism, and arm you with tips, tools and real life stories to guide you as you support your family immediately after the diagnosis and beyond.

Here's an Idea!

Got 3 minutes? Get 4 practical tips for individuals on the autism spectrum! These "mini-videos" feature Duke Center for Autism Clinic psychiatrists and psychologists sharing practical tips in response to challenging situations facing autistic people.