Autism Resources In Utah and Online
If you read our blog post on Cerebral Palsy Resources, then you've got an idea of what to expect-- but the number of resources I've been able to come up with is so long that I'm breaking this post into two. The second half will be posted in a few days.
You might also notice that some of the resources from that CP post are appearing here as well. Some of these resources are relevant for individuals who have a variety of disabilities I'll still include the links and information in each relevant resources post for ease of reference.
Like before, none of these organizations or companies are directly tied to or sponsoring Aim High Music Therapy. I'm just hoping to share some of the resources that I've found out about in the area. If you know of something I missed, please say something in the comments!
Autastic is a podcast by two comedians, Graham Kay and Kirk Smith, who have family members with autism. They share news stories about autism, funny anecdotes, and in general the lighter side of living with autism.
I have a very small bone to pick with these guys because there was an episode that gave some misinformation about music therapy-- but, beyond that, this is a great podcast. They share some good tips and resources, and while neither of the podcasters has a background in therapy or psychology, what they do have to offer is a better understanding of the day to day realities of living with someone who has autism--both good and bad.
Autism Speaks is a national organization dedicated to helping people understand autism-- by increasing awareness and advocacy in the general population, by informing individuals with autism and their families about resources, and by funding research to better understand how Autism works and what can be used to treat it. The website includes a feature to search for resources by type and location, so be sure to check this out wherever you live.
The Mighty is a support website for individuals who have disabilities, illness, or mental disorders. Just about every disability in existence has a feed, in which you can find articles, news, videos, and partner websites. The Autism community is especially vibrant-- and if you create an account and subscribe to the feed they will send you a free ebook.
This building which was recently constructed on the Utah Valley University campus is meant to be a center for Autism. Features include resources for students who have autism, an academic program for studying autism, research facilities, sensory friendly play sand concerts, and trainings for professionals (such as myself) who work with individuals who have autism.
UVU also hosts an annual conference on autism every April. I attended this year's conference, and it was excellent. The conference caters to professionals who work with individuals who have autism and to parents alike.
The Autism council's aim is to foster communication and collaboration between families of individuals with autism and the agencies that serve them. They offer trainings and help to support autism research.
As we've mentioned before, Sesame Street recently added a character to the show who has autism. In addition, they've created a webpage with videos about autism, a storybook to help explain autism to children, and routine cards that can be used to help out with transitions.
The Utah Parent Center is a nonprofit based in Salt Lake City. They offer classes, conferences, support groups, IEP coaching, and other resources for parents and guardians of children with any sort of disability. Se Hablan Español. Most of their classes are free, and all are inexpensive.
Autism Navigator features online classes and other educational materials on autism for parents and for professionals. These classes can be fairly pricey, but a few are available for free.
A branch of the Utah Department of Health, this organization provides newborn screening and early interventions for autism. They also help families to navigate Medicaid, insurance, and other sources of financial aid.
The National Autism Association specializes in safety concerns for individuals who have autism, such as wandering off, dealing with bullies, and encountering police officers. They also offer local support groups throughout the US.
This clinic, part of the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, can help to diagnose autism. They also offer social skills groups, including a summer camp that matches kids who have autism with same-age typically developing peers, and several types of therapy. The website also features a podcast and a news feed on some of the latest research about autism.
Easy to Love is a nonprofit organization that provides support groups for parents of children with special needs. They are working on expanding to various locations throughout the state, and from time to time have free family activities.
That's it for now, but be on the lookout for a follow-up post in a few days with some more. I hope you are finding these resources helpful! If you have any questions or thoughts, please don't hesitate to comment below or to contact us. But for now, have a great weekend, and see you soon!