“Where did you find that information?” I bet I asked that question 20 times over the past two years. When we suspected Jaxon might have autism, I started looking for help. But when you don’t know what you are looking for, it can be challenging. Admittedly, I was in unchartered territory with no boat or paddles. I knew I needed to move forward, but I was stuck on the shore. I contacted a friend who works with children on the spectrum, and she gave me a few helpful links to start.
One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had discovered all kinds of helpful information I didn’t know existed.
My goal with this page is to share the links and information I found. You have to decide whether the below information is helpful to your situation. We recognize not all children on the spectrum are the same. You may be living outside of Florida and have to research those state-specific sites. These links have been provided simply as a guide, or as my friend called it, a starting point.
Autism Live – https://autism-live.com. This can also be found on YouTube. They do live shows with an autism specialist with 40 plus years in the field. Shannon, who runs the channel, has a son with autism. I ask questions in the chat, and they address the questions. It’s been very informative.
Mary Barbera – marybarbera.com. Mary Barbera can also be found on YouTube. She has 20 years of experience in the field. Mary has also written a couple of books on autism and holds seminars, both free and for a charge. Mary has a son with autism.
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County – https://elcoforangecounty.org – This organization does evaluations for free on children under three years old. They were beneficial in the beginning when we first suspected Jaxon might have autism. The analyst gave me five free books along with the report. Some schools will not accept their report. When we had them do our evaluation, Jaxon was in a private daycare and was two and a half.
Med Maps – www.medmaps.org – They are a group of professionals who offer a Comprehensive Education & Fellowship to Medical Professionals for the care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related chronic complex conditions. This website is fascinating and informative.
UCF Center For Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) – https://cfl.ucf-card.org – The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida provides support to the Central Florida area, including Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia Counties. UCF CARD was established by the Florida Legislature and governed by Florida Statute 1004.55 and State Rule 6A-7.0335.
Cannizzaro Integrative Pediatric Center – https://mycipc.com – This holistic pediatric clinics use integrative medicine because they believe it represents the true art of healing. It’s what the providers envisioned when they heeded their calling to medicine. This kind of practice is authentic to their personal passion to empower your family members to live healthier lives, naturally. This doctor found Jaxon’s yeast belly and is treating the condition. We have had great success so far.
Pubmed – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov – PubMed® comprises more than 33 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.
Florida Department of Financial Services – myfloridaacfo.com – Type in autism in the search field and see all available articles and resources.
As you probably know by now, researching information and learning more about autism so you can help your little one takes a lot of time. I imagine there are a lot more links to helpful information out there. I still have a lot more to read and several more links another friend gave me to review so I can share that information one day.
In the meantime, I hope the above links and information have been helpful.
The Teaching Lady