• Autism is a neurological and biological disorder – typically diagnosed in children between the ages of 18 months to 5 years of age – making it difficult for the person to communicate and relate to others. In short, autism prevents areas of the brain from communicating like a typically developing person’s brain.


  • The cause of autism is not yet known. Genetics, vaccines and environmental factors may all play a role in a child developing autism.


  • Delay in learning to talk (or not talking at all) or losing language (regression).
  • A child may seem to be deaf or hard of hearing, even though hearing tests are normal (not responding when his/her name is called).
  • Repeated and overused types of behavior, interests, and play (repeated body rocking, unusual attachments to objects, lining up objects/toys, adverse reactions to breaks in routines), preference to play alone, lack of eye contact with others.
  • Children with autism can have varying behaviors – no two children with autism are the same – some may be less or more severe than others.
  • Most people with autism will always have some trouble relating to others. But early diagnosis and treatment have helped more and more people with autism to reach their full potential.


  • A child is diagnosed with Autism every 20 minutes.
  • 1 in every 88 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Autism(NOTE: This number does NOT include: PDD, Aspergers and other spectrum disorders. These statistics are endorsed by the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other federal organizations.) – more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

Please visit the following sites for more information and help:

Adaptive Therapy Materials

Association for Behavior Analysis

Autism One

Autism-PDD Resources Network

Autism Society of America (ASA)

Autism Speaks


Behavior Analysis Certification Board

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Defeat Autism Now

Cure Autism Now

National Alliance for Autism Research

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

National Early Childhood TA Center

The Schafer Autism Report

Social Thinking

Surgeon General’s Report on Autism

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)


For more information about autism and autism resources, please visit one or more of the organizations who have partnered with us.

1 thought on “Resources

  1. Happy Spring!

    I recently received word that an album I released based on my life experiences raising my autistic son has been nominated for Americana Album of the year for the upcoming 2014 L.A. Music Awards. This nomination has made me realize that being a mom doesn’t mean having to let go of a dream. I’m looking for opportunities to share my story and music.

    Here’s a link to a recent interview I did for Autism Daily Network based in the UK– this article will give you background about who I am and also point you to where you can hear my music for free. If you have any interest in helping me share my story, please feel free to contact me by email at or you can call me at 602.791.3169. Thank you very much.

    In song,
    Monica Beal

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