Favorite Autism Resources
These are some of the things I have already tried for Alex, and/or have seen success with in multiple students, and would highly recommend to others. Please feel free to comment or email with any ideas for new things for me (or other parents or professionals) to try as well!
Book: Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis: An Introduction to ABA for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals, by Albert J. Kearney. Purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Applied-Behavior-Analysis-Professionals-ebook/dp/1843108607/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471751151&sr=1-2&keywords=understanding+applied+behavior+analysis Probably one of the only books I bought during grad school that I’m actually glad I held onto. This book is sort of like a dictionary for all of the commonly used terms you might hear when learning about ABA, and gives a good run-through of the basic ABA concepts. A great resource but not the one I would start off with if you’re just getting your feet wet.
Download: Autism ABA Curriculum, by Adrienne Robek, Ph.D., BCBA (http://www.autismabacurriculum.com/download)- $50.00 but SO worth it if you happen to already be an educator, are up-to-speed on the basics of ABA and want a program that you can try to implement on your own.
YouTube channel: Wonkido- from a fellow #autismmom who has clearly done her homework! I especially loved this video about her son and his development (with the help of years of therapy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ93HTeKc98
YouTube channel: Truthergirls (search specifically for videos about autism/the creator’s son, as there are many unrelated videos on this channel, too)- these are two of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWv5I5Byj-s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbC2ul8qkgA
Website: http://www.appliedbehavioralstretegies.com– the best online source I’ve found so far to give a fairly basic rundown on what ABA actually is and the theory behind why it works for people with ASD
Website: http://www.autismspeaks.org– if you’ve ever done any Googling of anything related to autism in the past 11 years, this is probably one of the first sites to pop up. It was co-founded by Suzanne and Bob Wright, after their grandson was diagnosed with autism. This website has pretty much everything, but the pages I’ve used the most can be found by using the bar that says “Vitals” on the top right-hand corner of the home page (the different sections include Autism Apps, Resource Guide, What is Autism?, Screen Your Child, and Tool Kits).