Your child has been diagnosed with autism, and you’re scouring the internet looking for reliable evidence-based information. You come here and there’s nothing but endless talk about whether vaccines are the cause of autism, but there’s no practical advice. There’s a very good reason for that… this blog is not the resource you’re looking for. We are science advocates who are doing our best to correct misinformation using skepticism and critical thinking, but we’re not scientists and we have no business offering medical advice.
But, we can point you in the right direction. I recently asked my mother to help me redirect my readers toward resources that are reliable and evidence-based. My mother is an administrator for an Early Intervention program at a hospital on an army base. She’s more than qualified to offer advice on the subject, and since she reads this blog (thanks Mom), I will encourage her to answer any follow-up questions.
One thing I know that my mother would want me to mention is that Early Childhood Intervention is a service provided by every state to all developmentally challenged children under the age of three. Check here for more information about Early Intervention in your state.
Anyway, if you’re looking for evidence-based information about autism, you should turn your browser toward these sites: The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Internet Modules. I hope those resources are helpful, but please let me know in the comments section if there are other resources that you recommend.
The journey of a parent with an autistic child is something that I can’t fathom, except that I know that it’s more than challenging, extremely frustrating, and that life for these parents can be chaotic and unpredictable. Jenny McCarthy might say that modern medicine offers nothing but hopelessness, but she’s wrong. There are experts such as my mother, who are working hard with evidence-based approaches to help autistic children thrive in spite of their setbacks. Seek out those who respect science, and reject those who don’t.