An autism diagnosis looks different for every child. Learning about the wide world of resources for children on the autism spectrum can help you make informed decisions for your family. We recommend the following links as you research. Be sure also to check out our blog for more helpful information about the autism spectrum, our services, and the benefits of ABA therapy.
Positive Pathways’ Parent Resources for Autism
Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 to promote solutions for the needs of individuals with autism. The organization has increased awareness of autism while also being an advocate for research and care. Some of their research initiatives include oversight for best practices in clinical care and investments into scientific grants.
On their website, parents can find resources for the signs and symptoms of autism. They can also find information about where and when to obtain screenings, and links for services in their area. Autism Speaks is dedicated to providing help across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, from early childhood into adulthood. Additionally, on their site, you’ll find educational information about how to support your child as a parent.
Bay Area Legal Aid helps thousands of low income Bay Area residents build safer, healthier, and more secure lives by providing legal advice and representation for families. They solve problems for families living in poverty, seniors, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, and survivors of domestic violence. On their site, they also have a Legal Advice Line. This provides counsel and advice in all languages on a range of civil legal issues. Attorneys may give a caller legal advice, schedule eligible clients for an appointment in a neighborhood office, or provide the caller with a referral to other social services organizations when appropriate. For parents of children on the autism spectrum, legal aid can help you while you advocate for the services your child needs in school.
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities offers information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families and professionals of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco. They provide support groups, educational workshops, mentors, social work services, and more. On their site, you’ll find events for your whole family as well as information on how you can get involved with their mission.
Spectrum Strategies exists to provide support for families of children with autism. One of their programs is a sibling support group designed to help the brothers and sisters of those with autism connect. Spectrum also pairs dogs with families of children with autism through their Bravo dog placement program. This can help reduce stress and anxiety in families while providing a bonding experience. Finally, Spectrum’s Support Buddy program matches parents of children with autism with other parents in similar situations. Parenting a child with autism can feel isolating, and having someone to talk to can help.
Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. They assist individuals and their families with accessing the services they need to lead more independent, fulfilling lives. GGRC provides case management and advocacy for families and individuals who have developmental disabilities or developmental delays.
Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) works in partnership with individuals and agencies to plan and coordinate services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, family members, and community leaders in the Alameda and Contra Costa counties. They seek to meet the needs of families by providing information and services that are community-based, flexible, accessible, and responsive to each unique situation.
Contact Positive Pathways for Parent Resources for Autism in California
We provide caring, experienced services to children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Our centers are located in San Francisco, Alameda, and Antioch, and we work throughout the Bay Area. We provide Applied Behavior Analysis in-home, in our centers, and in schools and communities. Contact Positive Pathways today for more information or to schedule a consultation.