Autism Research? Working with Autistic children?

Question:Hi there, my two year old son has recently been diagnosed with Autism and I'm wondering if anybody knows of any organisations that will help you in training and get qualified to work with Autistic children.

As a mum with a child with this problem I feel that the research and training etc will surely help me with my child and finally find a job that is close to my heart when he goes to nursery and school.

Anybody with advice please let me know! x

this website offer distance training specializing in autism:
Try The Autism Society of America-
national autistic society website are really useful, have used it a lot. am studying to be a learning disability (LD)nurse, and we have done some work around autism, although we ain't experts!
i've heard of some LD nurses going off and doing masters and other post-grad stuff in autism, but this is time-consuming and nurse training itself is hard, and i'm single, no kids, but a lot of people with families manage it.
you could find out locally what services are available, i'm currently doing some shifts at a local respite unit for children with LD and other needs including autism. it's very interesting and staff are lovely and willing to try new things and share their experiences, this might be interesting and the experience you have with your son may count more than a qualification!
"contact a family"have website where you can contact other parents with children with autism and they can offer advice and support.
i hope everything works out for you and you are enjoying being a parent!!
My girlfriend has an autistic child that is 7, he is very smart because she works with him daily, they learn from you teching repition over an over, she has created their own kind of sign language cause he dosnt talk becareful though not to let your kid stem whicn can be anything from spacing out or doing the hand flapping thing like slapping his head or chest, if so dont worry its normal for autistic kids to do that, but you have to teach them not to stem, an someother things, they are normally hard to potty train, they are usally really picky about what they eat and drink, also dont require alot of sleep, anyways good luck cause you have a long road ahead of you !!!!!! try that,they should have the info you require.
Oh n jon venebles not a sympathetic answer,more like pathetic. Being put in a home is no sollution,seriously. Good luck mum and fair play in trying to find out more about your childs concern,makes alot of difference...
I would say find the nearest special needs school in your area and talk to them bout working/volunteering so you can do a NVQ, or searchthe net. There are some very good sites eith good advice, but there's nothing like hands on experience! I have worked in a special needs school for the last year and a half and it really has been the most rewarding experience. It has spurred me on to go and study special educational needs at university. It is not and will never be easy though. Autism is a very complex condition with so many different sides.
Good luck to you, its such hard work but so rewarding.
jon venables answer is truly shocking. a home is not the way to go. if it is the real jon venerbles ( scum - child killer ) he needs to be shot. i hope someone finds his address, tracks him down and tortures him brutally.
Good luck with researching, id like to get into a job like that myself. has tons of information about autism, and may help you find what you are looking for in your area.
I would also suggest reading the book, Thinking In Pictures by Temple Grandin.She is an adult with autism, who does a great job in this book explaining how it feels to have autism.The more you know,the better you can help your child and pursue a career in the field. Good Luck!
I'm going to school for pediatric occupational therapy, and early childhood special education. Don't worry about formal training. Just get to know your son.

LET HIM STIM. Let him flap his arms, and rock, and do whatever he needs to reduce sensory overload. That's what stimming does. My daughter spins. When she's done spinning she's a new person. My son bangs his head, so he has a safe place to do it.

Don't force things on him, use his obsessions to help him learn. My son is a car man (he's 2), and he's learning to count with his cars. You have to learn to accept ANY form of communication, and you have to learn to read his body, and know the signs of sensory overload.

Don't spend the rest of your life searching for a cure, you'll miss moments with your son. Just learn to accept him the way he is. As soon as you do that, everything seems to get easier.

Emily Perl Kingsley.

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I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this...

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills.and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

**But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.**
This entirely is up to how much time you want to invest in your education, how much prior schooling you have, rather you want to work for a school system or independently. Another factor is what areas you feel your strengths are in.

If you would like to work as a parapro in a school system you need a high school diploma and some additional college credit hours (some states vary on the amount). Speech pathologists, occupational therapists, special education teachers obviously, all require a college degree.

There are therapies for autistic children that you can also be trained in. For example ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) which requires a college degree and Floortime therapist that requires the same (preferably a master's). Consultants also require a college degree.

First, I would identify your strengths and go from there. Call the superintendent of your school system and ask to volunteer in a special education classroom. The more you learn of your son's place on the spectrum the more you will probably be able to define your interests.

Best wishes!
Don't worry, there's a lot of families who have those with the condition, including members of my own family. I know this pass experiences when a a child is diagnosed, you can have him place in head-start to begin his education. Of course, there no cause or a cure as of yet for autism, and it last for the rest of the victim's life. However, it's a good idea to do some research on the condition for any updated information; for example, there has been an episode of MTV: True Life, talking about Autism, same thing with Oprah. Here are some website, that are a great help, speaking with speicalists in the field, and support-groups are a great help.
OK first of all I recommend to everyone reading this question to block jon venables WHAT A JERK!! maybe eventually he will lose his account.
now to answer the question, this is something you will have to educate yourself as much as possible about, dont count on the school system or anyone else to just take care of your sons education, you will have to be his advocate so learn as much as you can, try to get him in speech, occupational therapy or whatever he needs right now, you are fortunate that you found out early, I didn't get a diagnosis for my daughter until she was 5 and I truly believe that so much time was wasted in the early years. These kids are very special, get started right now with him and he stands a much better chance
hi, my son has fragile x syndrome, the leading cause of autism. he is three, diagnosed at two. I am sorry to hear about your son. I was 1 year into my BA Social Work when I was pregnant with him, so it did work out that I picked a career where I could care for him too, good luck with your educational/research goals. You should talk to his OC PT and Speech therapists (I hope he is getting these services and imitate what they do at home) but no matter what there is no substitution for love, just being there for him will make all the difference. FAX website is good, autism foundation website, and you would probably enjoy the video "autism speaks" good luck and GOD BLESS
Try going to your local council to see if they have any vacancies.
Hi Hun. i have to say my twin son Thomas was diagnosed with severe autism at age three he is nine now and still non verbal and still in nappies, i have not had or been to any courses about autism because i have learned so much from my son, he used to do all the hand flapping and head banging although he doesn't do it so much now and the best thing i found was getting him flash cards and Vtech toys i swear by these toys for children with autism, everyday you learn something new about your child that i don't think a course can teach because every autistic child is different in a way .. i made a picture book of Thomas at school it shows him really enjoying school its on you tube the link is below, please feel free to contact me if you would like too
There is a web-site that has many resources that will assist you in finding out ways to help with your child. When surfing go to parents, blog, Autism, and, on line shopping. This type of spectrum disorder varies with each individual and, there are still many unanswered questions; however you will be able to research and utilize the resources available to you. I wish you well.
Speak to your GP and Paediatric and they should be able to get you in touch with training centres, support groups etc. Otherwise, reading up on the net through various search engines is great to find groups and documents.

You can also buy books from waterstones and amazon etc that have details about working with chidlren with autism. Look in a Makaton course as that is quite often used with children on the spectrum.

IF you are interested in a career in child care look at and they can offer suggests on where to go. Else ask at local nurserys/pre-school if you can volunteer and you can begin training through that method. You'll have to pay for training yourself but it'll be worth it.

MY county has a "transformation fund" run through the LEA, contact them through your council website and they may be able to offer help and advice.

Good luck x
Try the Autism Society.
My daughter is now a teenage and when she was younger she did the hand flapping thing (start when she was one year old) ,it's self stimulation's. Nothing to worry about. My daughter just our grew it about age six.
I have autism. I am concerned on why you would want to stop the hand flapping. If it isn't hurting anyone, why stop it? It most likely is a way to communicate or calm him down. Use it as an advantage.

You can find many teacher groups or organizations on the internet or library for your area. is a good start.

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