Parent Resources

Specialty Autism UnitHelpful Documentation from Drs. Carosso and Lowenstein

ADHD- Facts and Fallacies
ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
Medication Management

Defining the Disorders

All About Autism – Local Information
What IS autism? Visit Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania’s #1 resource for parents of autistic children to find this and many more answers. This comprehensive site features include how to “get started” once your child has a new diagnosis, journal and magazine articles, support group contacts, advocacy information, legislative updates, the latest news in the autism community, links to national organizations, and more.

Aspiring to Learn About Asperger’s Syndrome?
Hosted by the University of Delaware, the Online Asperger’s Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) educated the public about those afflicted with AS. OASIS offers support and information to families and professional.
Home of the world-renowned psychologist Dr. Tony Atwood. His website is a guide for parents, professionals, people with Asperger’s Syndrome, and their partners.

Let’s Focus on Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
A website for children and adults with ADHD. CHADD provides “science-based, evidence based information about ADHD to parents, educators, professional, the media, and the general public.”
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides an in-depth look at ADHD. Spotlights symptoms and case studies, current research and funding opportunities.

Eating Disorders
In their article entitled “Eating Disorders: Treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia”, stresses the importance of both the early diagnosis of and treatment for eating disorders.

Other Disorders That May Affect Your Child or Adolescent
Everything you need to know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, hosted by NIMH.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry addresses Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Visit this site if you would like to learn more about Conduct Disorders in children.
Don’t see a link that pertains to your situation? Search the NIMH website for further information.

Where Can I Find Local Support Groups?
Autism Connection of PA connects families with ASD across Pennsylvania. If there is no support group close to your home, they can help you start one!
The Autism Society of Pittsburgh “provides information, referrals, and advocacy services for autistic individuals, their parents, families, and professionals who work with them.”
Achieva: Celebrating abilities, exceeding expectation.

What are Biomedical Interventions?
Research Autism offers information about independent research into interventions and among them, biomedical interventions.
The Autism Research Institute “is primarily devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood. (They) provide information based on research to parents and professionals throughout the world.” ARI’s site also introduces the audience to the “DAN” approach of “treating” autism.

What is This “Diet” I Keep Hearing About?
The Autism Network for Dietary Intervention promotes the implementation of a gluten and casein free diet for people with autism. Research suggests that this wheat free (among other grains) and dairy free diet may help children with other afflictions, such as SID and ADHD. The PASS system (located on the site left toolbar) connects visitors with parents across the country. Listings are sorted by one’s zip code.
A complete guide to the ins and outs of the “GFCF” diet.
Lori Karavolis’ “Lori Bakes Gluten Free” website offers her personal experience with the Gluten Free Diet, along with cookbooks featuring her own gluten free recipes.

What are Some Other Resources?
The Pocket OT offers “Sound-Eaze” and “School-Eaze” CD’s. Developed by an Occupational Therapist and a Music Therapist, these CD’s were designed to be “a fun way for parents, teachers and therapists to help children with auditory sensitivity and fear of loud noises.”

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