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.View Resource
PA Family Network
The PA Family Network was created to support families and the major elements of the Community of Practice goals.View Resource
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA)
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance provides education, support, and training programs to make Pennsylvania safe for children.View Resource
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The Technology Assisted Children’s Home Program (TACHP) provides advocacy, resources, and support for families who have children at home and use any sort of machine to replace a vital organ.Read more
Traveling can be challenging for children and adults with autism. The changes in routine, unpredictability, crowds, new noises, and sights can all make the experience difficult for people on the spectrum and their families. We hope that with a little planning and information using the resources below, the doors will open to new travel opportunities for you and your family.Read more
There are many differences between the Juvenile Justice System and the Adult Criminal Justice System. This document shows the Juvenile Justice Process in PA.Read more
This resource provides information on Preschool Early Intervention services, multi-disciplinary evaluations, and provider agencies for ongoing Preschool Early Intervention services.Read more
Staying away from home can be a stressful situation for an individual with autism. The following tips may help reduce anxiety about staying in an unfamiliar place and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.Read more
People with autism often have difficulty with food. Some individuals may have limited foods they like, have ritualistic eating behaviors or have sensory issues. If your child has difficulty with food selectivity, here are some tips to help.Read more
This resource, developed by ASERT, provides tips and suggestions for families and caregivers on how to potentially increase social engagement in an individual with autism.Read more