If your child has been newly diagnosed or if you suspect your child may have Autism parents strongly suggest you get a 3-ring binder to keep information in one place. Download and print the following PDF's that provide information for parents who suspect autism or have children newly diagnosed on the spectrum.
First 100 Days Kit - A tool Kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis.
Checklist and Suggestions for Parents – A document that is intended to assist Lehigh County families when their child has received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, NOS (PDD).
Helpful Suggestions from Parents – A bulleted list of suggestions written by parents for parents who have a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Letter From Parent – This is a letter written by a parent whose child was diagnosed with Autism to parents who have just learned that their child has Autism. Treatment Options – This information was obtained from the Autism Society of America (ASA) website. Described is introductory information about treatment approaches available for individuals with autism. It includes information about; programs, ASA guidelines, treatment and education, behavioral and communication approaches, education, and safety in the home.
Community Resources – List of contact information for: support groups/hotlines, emergency services, advocacy, behavioral health services (provider 50), child care resource and referral, child health, counseling, early intervention, education information services, housing assistance, legal services, nutrition/food services, and recreation.
BHRS, Provider 50 Agencies - A listing of agencies/ providers including addresses and phone numbers.
Symptoms of Autism - symptoms your child may display that may fall under the Autism Spectrum Disorder curve.
Autism Fact Sheet - facts about Autism
University of Pennsylvania - The site is intended primarily for people with autism in PA, family members and other interested individuals to learn about autism spectrum disorders. Topics include: Support and advocacy groups across PA; Ongoing and upcoming research projects, and how families can get involved if interested; A guide for parents who suspect their child may have autism; Information about services for children diagnosed with ASD; Information about how to make decisions about therapies and treatments for people with autism.