Autism support, education, links and resources, from Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program.

Over the years, we’ve accumulated many resources to help parents and kids. Here are our top recommendations to help you get started with treatment, plus a long list of great websites for everything from insurance questions to support groups to education supplies and much more.

Tips for choosing an autism treatment provider
Getting treatment for your child with autism, Asperger’s syndrome or other developmental disorder is vitally important. The sooner you can begin, the better. Here is a checklist to help you in your search for an autism treatment provider:

  • Research & compare – Be prepared to compare all the available programs in your area – there are several. You’ll want to read websites, make phone calls and actually meet with a therapist from each organization.
  • Experience – Examine the credentials and experience of the program’s leaders and therapy providers. How long have they been in our area? What kind of qualifications do the therapists have? Ideally, you want your child’s therapist to have a background in psychology or counseling, working with children with developmental disorders.
  • References & Reviews – Be sure to check references and reviews. If none are offered, ask if you can be put in touch with other parents whose children are in the program.
  • Responsiveness – You’ll want your autism treatment provider to be easily accessible to answer questions and address the concerns that will come up throughout your child’s treatment. Does the provider return calls promptly? Answer your email? Make it easy to communicate with everyone on staff? These are important at the beginning and throughout the treatment process.
  • Listen to your intuition – After you’ve done all your homework, if the program feels like the right one for your child, it probably is!

If you have any questions about the above points or about autism treatment in general, please call us at: (920) 749-1005. We’re here to help.

Links to helpful sites

Autism Societies
Autism Society of America: www.autism-society.org
Autism Society of Wisconsin – www.asw4autism.org
Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin – www.asnew.org
Autism Society of the Fox Valley – www.focol.org/asfV

Support groups/events/info
Friends of Autism – www.friendsofautism.org
Autism Speaks – www.autismspeaks.org
Parent 2 Parent of Wisconsin: www.p2pwi.org
Camp AweSum: www.campawesum.org

Insurance info
Autism mandate facts: www.asw4autism.org/Data/FAQ_12-22-09_Autism.pdf

Advocates to help understand school laws and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
Wisconsin Facets: www.wifacets.org
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: http://dpi.wi.gov

General Wisconsin autism info
Wisconsin Department Of Health Services: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov
Wisconsin autism directory of resources: www.asw4autism.org/wiresorc.htm

Tools, games, crafts and printables
Pyramid Educational Consultants (PECS) www.pecsusa.com
Handwriting without Tears Program: www.hwtears.com
Social Thinking www.socialthinking.com
Do 2 Learn: www.dotolearn.com
Make your own comic strip: www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix
Crafts and game ideas: www.dltk-kids.com
Games: www.starfall.com
Games / task ideas: www.abcteach.com
Printable behavior charts: www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com

Links to sites to purchase educational supplies
Abilitations Catalog: www.abilitations.com
Beyond Play: www.beyondplay.com
Constructive Playthings: www.cptoy.com
Super Duper Publications: www.superduperinc.com
Oriental Trading Company: www.orientaltrading.com
Teacher’s supply: www.teacherssupply.com

The kind of care that makes a difference.