Autism resources: blogs, activities and inspiration

by Jen in autism,autism awareness

April is coming to an end. At the beginning of the month I wrote about the World Autism Awareness Day and the Light it up Blue campaign that is working to raise awareness of Autism around the world. As the month comes to a close I really wanted to bring you a selection of great resources. Our family has been touched by Autism and to be honest, before it hit our family I knew very little about this disorder. What I have learned is that the Autism Spectrum is so vast that there really is no way to pin down what this diagnosis really means.  The variance in the way Autism is expressed by people is a huge part of the challenge that faces parents of children with an ASD diagnosis. I continue to read and learn because I truly believe that through education we can find empathy, knowledge and hope.
Amazing  Autism blogs

Mama’s Turn Now – How my son with Aspergers is teaching me to be happy
This Mama writes about how raising a son with Asperger’s, a daughter with severe asthma has taught her about love and happiness.

A Quiet Week in the House
I fell in love with this blog for its visual beauty and its soul. Laura, the author, has recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s and her son has been diagnosed with Autism. This quotation spoke to me “…I am thrilled to have a name to go along with the challenges and strengths that have followed me all my life”. How insightful is that?

A Boy With Asperger’s – The life of a mum with 3, one with Asperger’s
A wonderful site filled with inspiring stories from this mom of 3 young children. I especially love the Autism Love List you have to check it out.

Anabelle Listic – Artist – Autism – Jellyfish
I love the spirit of this blog. The author is a young woman navigating her way through life as an artist.

Savette Gazette
While the mom who author’s this blog has had to take a break from actively blogging to deal with her own health, this site is still an amazing resource. You will find tremendous posts from the perspective of a mom, posts about autism and music and posts about coping. 

Activities and Book Resources
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Ellen Nortbohm & Veronica Zysk
Excellent, Interactive Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
Imagination Soup
Everyone Makes Mistakes: Helping the Child with Autism Cope with Frustration
Imagination Soup
10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
by Ellen Notbohm
10 Tips for Teaching Young Children with Autism
Gryphon House
All About my Brother
by Sarah Perlata
I hope you find these resources helpful. While no two children with ASD are alike, there is something comforting in knowing that other people are facing similar challenges, sharing their successes and failures. I truly enjoyed compiling this list. It is amazing to see the amount of love, humour and honesty that exists in the world. Simply beautiful.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow when we wrap up Autism month with a Kitchen Counter Confidential interview with the mom/author of Learn about her incredible story and the valuable advice she has to offer to families with children who have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.


Jode April 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

Oh my, this is a wonderful post and so helpful to me as we are just beginning our journey on this path…thanks so much for compiling and sharing!

Jennifer Cluff April 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

thanks jen! some great links! look forward to checking out some more new blogs :)

Ness @ One Perfect Day April 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

This is a great round up of resources. Thanks for sharing.

KitchenCounterChronicles April 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Thanks so much….it was amazing putting it together!

Rebekah April 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Amazing resources!! This is so helpful!

KitchenCounterChronicles April 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm

thanks rebekah!

MaryAnne K April 28, 2012 at 7:13 am

Wonderful collection of resources!

Bella Holmes May 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

These are wonderful and helpful resources. People should have awareness of autism such as autism causes and effects to every individual.

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