While waiting for an appointment for a developmental evaluation or an autism-team assessment, you can take the time to educate yourself about autism spectrum disorder and services that are available. If your child has received a diagnosis of ASD
, you will receive recommendations for therapies and other supports to help your child and your family. After a diagnosis, you and your family may have questions or concerns about the diagnosis and how it affects your child and family. For this reason, we have provided practical information to help guide you through an outpouring of new information. While you are waiting for appointments with physicians or therapists, take the time to learn more about the diagnosis and many of the community services that are available to assist you.
The resources we have provided are intended to help you understand autism spectrum disorder. The more you know about ASD, the better equipped you’ll be to make informed decisions for your child. The materials are not intended to replace the recommendations provided by qualified health professionals, but will help you navigate through your journey with ASD. Educate yourself about treatment options, ask questions, and proactively participate in decisions related to your child.
Based on our experience and feedback from families living with autism, The Autism Program staff has compiled a list of credible resources related to Autism Spectrum Disorders. The hospital recognizes and appreciates the Autism New Jersey
resource directories which have been used here with their acknowledgement and consent. You may access additional resources at www.autismnj.org
. Additionally, there are autism resource books and other materials available in the hospital's Parent Resources areas.