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Answers and resources for those who are raising children with autism.
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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This guide is for parents and caregivers of children with autism who are looking for information about the condition. We have pulled together information from various resources - scholarly, popular, nonprofit associations, government organizations and personal stories of those affected - to create a starting point for caregivers in search of answers and support.
LibGuide contents:
What Is Autism?
  • Gives a brief description of autism from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Explains why the symbol for autism is a puzzle piece
  • Provides statistics about the prevalence of autism in the U.S. and other developed countries
  • Includes an informative video from the YouTube eLearning channel, Osmosis


Causes & Symptoms

Using information from the CDC:

  • Outlines causes and risk factors of autism
  • Explains who is affected
  • Describes symptoms
  • Addresses the “vaccines cause autism” controversy


Treatment & Therapies

Using information from the CDC and

  • Lists various types of treatment for autism and highlights the need for early intervention
  • Addresses some of the therapies that help with autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA
  • Includes some alternative treatments, like dietary approaches
  • Lists the ten most common drugs for treating the symptoms of autism


Current Research & Scholarly Articles

  • Includes relevant, but approachable scholarly articles from the past year
  • Also includes a couple of particularly relevant popular articles
  • In a snapshot of current culture, lists examples of autism in the media, from television shows about the disorder to news clips


Major Associations & Organizations

  • Lists a sampling of the most well-known U.S. autism associations and organizations that are not included on other pages of the libguide
  • Addresses the controversy over the most well supported autism nonprofit, Autism Speaks


Resources: Reference Websites

  • Provides an overview of two websites that address autism credibly and thoroughly: The American Psychological Association ( and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (


Resources: Books

  • Lists books to help caregivers understand autism
  • Lists books for children with autism
  • Lists books that feature a caregiver’s point of view
  • Includes a number of places to find additional books about autism


Resources: Support Groups

  • Includes descriptions and links to many well-known support groups for parents and caregivers of children with autism
  • Lists those resources that can help with financial support for families dealing with autism


Resources: Conferences & Events

  • A snapshot of upcoming conferences on autism hosted by major organizations

Autism: Stories of Hope

  • A selection of video stories of parents, caregivers and those with autism persevering and succeeding

We hope this guide is a good source of information for parents and caregivers. We'd love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment or question anywhere in the libguide that you have suggestions.
Thank you,
Brianna, Gina and Jerrod 

Gina Rozier

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Brianna Daniel

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