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Family Members

Whether it’s a sibling, grandparent, cousin, aunt, uncle or parent, it can be difficult to know how to properly support your family member on the spectrum. ASERT’s broad database of autism resources includes a variety of information helpful for family members.

Check out some of our top resources highlighted below, or search through the hundreds of resources available for family members!

The Spectrum of Communication

Communication permits us to advocate for our needs, develop relationships, and participate in our community. When supporting someone with Autism, the most important thing to keep in mind at all times is that speech does not equal communication.

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PA Family Network

The PA Family Network was created to support families and the major elements of the Community of Practice goals.

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Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA)

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance provides education, support, and training programs to make Pennsylvania safe for children.

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Be Well, Think Well: Supporting Individuals with Depression and Autism

This resource provides information on how to support individuals with autism who also have a diagnosis of depression.

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Behavioral Activation for Depression

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information about what behavioral activation is and how it can be used to help treat depression.

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Being a Careful Reader of Coronavirus Information

This resource provides tips and suggestions for making sure that you're getting the best and most trustworthy information related to coronavirus.

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Booklet: A Family’s Introduction to Early Intervention in Pennsylvania

This booklet from PaTTAN explains how to request Early Intervention services, eligibility criteria, rights and responsibilities, individualized family service planning for ages birth to three, and individualized education planning for ages three to school age.

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Bullying Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism on what to do if they get bullied.

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Child Tax Credit Resource

This resource gives more information for families about the Child Tax Credit, which is part of the American Rescue Plan.

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Common Abbreviations in Autism Services and Special Education

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a guide to common abbreviations you may come across when receiving autism services and supports.

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Completing an IM4Q Interview Virtually

This resource was developed by ASERT to help individuals understand what to expect to happen during an IM4Q interview held virtually.

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Completing an Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Interview In-Person Social Story

This resource developed by ASERT explains what happens during an IM4Q interview conducted in-person. This resource has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Burmese.

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Computer Viruses Social Story

This resource developed by ASERT teaches what computer viruses, adware, and malware are, and how to protect yourself from getting them.

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