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Family Guidebooks

Guidebooks for Families

The Organization for Autism Research knows how important having information is for autism families.  We publish and provide comprehensive guidebooks, manuals, and booklets for families that are written by experts in the field and backed by research. Topics include responding to an autism diagnosis and addressing safety concerns at home to navigating the special education system and creating positive and welcoming learning environments in schools.  All of our resources below are designed to support families.

  • A Parent’s Guide to Research

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    Understanding a complex spectrum disorder like autism is difficult enough in a purely academic setting. Yet when parents learn of their child’s autism diagnosis, they are tasked with educating themselves about autism and the wide range of treatment options available.  Research can play a critical role in that education. That is why we created A Parent’s Guide to Research, a basic primer on autism research. 
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  • A Guide to Safety

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    A Guide to Safety was written with help from parents, first responders, educators, and community members, who shared their strategies and resources to address safety threats that commonly arise during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This resource helps educate parents, caregivers, educators, first responders, and other community members about how to prevent and mitigate emergency events, safety threats that may affect their child in the future, and how to teach safety habits that will build a foundation for safety in adulthood. 
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  • Navigating the Special Education System

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    More autistic children are attending public school than ever before. Many teachers, administrators, and school support staff lack the background and training to meet the unique needs of autistic students. It falls to the parents to make sure that their child’s challenges, whether with social interactions, communication, or behavior, are addressed with research-based interventions within the school setting. To assure this, parents must have a basic understanding of special education services, their child’s rights, and their own. 
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  • A Guide for Military Families

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    When a military family has an autistic child, they face all the emotions and challenges that accompany this diagnosis, compounded by the realities of military service: war, extended family separation, frequent moves, varying access to specialized healthcare, and other stressors that complicate and often work against effective treatment for autistic children. These families need help navigating these uncharted and difficult waters.
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  • A Guide for Transition to Adulthood

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    Adulthood represents a time in one’s life where there are increased levels of independence, choice, and personal control. These are all qualities that can and should be part of any autistic adult’s life. For many young autistic people and their families, the transition to adulthood is a daunting one, marked by significant changes in available services. Proper planning can ease this difficult transition, however, and ensure that all autistic individuals build the skills and establish the supports that will allow them to take advantage of all that adulthood has to offer. 
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  • A Parent’s Guide to Assessment

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    The formal assessment process can be a daunting experience for parents of children newly diagnosed with autism. The professionals who conduct assessments often rely on objective measures that use technical language around “deficit performance” or what your child cannot do. Rarely do they explain outcomes in terms that parents can use to set goals for their children. A Parent’s Guide to Assessment is intended to remove the mystery surrounding assessment and provide the tools to help parents better understand the process and utilize assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for their children. 
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  • Autism, My Sibling, and Me

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    Autism, My Sibling, and Me is a fun and engaging workbook for children between the ages of 5 and 10. A host of colorful cartoon characters accompany these siblings as they learn about what autism means for their brother or sister – and handle potentially stressful issues. Through fun activities and supportive content, this resource also helps children work through many of the autism-related questions they may have. 
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  • Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for Teens

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    Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for Teens is a handbook for teenage (and even pre-teen) siblings that offers guidance on how to productively address feelings and challenges that may arise as an autism sibling. The resource covers a variety of topics; from explaining autism to friends and peers, to coping with a family dynamic that’s different from what friends may experience. It also features testimonials from other teenage and young adult siblings who have “been there, done that.” 
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  • Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide

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    Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Siblings outlines what parents can do to support children who do not have an autism diagnosis. The topics range from dealing with perceived discrepancies fairly to facilitating a positive relationship between siblings. The guide also includes testimonials from families with autism who deal with similar issues. It can be read from start to finish or used as a reference tool to troubleshoot problems as they arise. 
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  • Search & Snicker™: Conversations About Relationships & Sexuality

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    Search & Snicker™: Conversations About Relationships & Sexuality offers important tools needed to provide healthy guidance about intimate relationships to autistic adults and other neurodivergent individuals. Informed by the neurodivergent community and best practices, the guides are available as PDF downloads targeted at three distinct groups: family members, direct service providers and healthcare providers.
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  • Operation Autism

    Operation Autism is a web-based resource specifically designed and created to support military families that have children with autism.
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