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Autism

Walla Walla Valley Disability Network does not endorse or recommend any particular products, treatments, services or diagnosis, whether specifically or generally, and professional advice should be sought in relation to all  health and treatment decisions. We provide information and listings only which we hope are helpful.

Resources for Daily Life

  • Autism 101 is a free lecture intended for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism 200 is a series of 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand autism spectrum disorder.

  • 3 Strategies To Focus On (And 1 Hidden Mistake To Avoid)
    Includes Strategies & Tools For: Increasing Motivation, Knowing What To Do Next, Reducing Stress & Having Difficult Conversations

  • 4 Paws was the first agency in the United States to begin placing task trained Autism Assistance Dogs and the first agency known to place these assistance dogs with tracking skills. At 4 Paws we have discovered a magic that exists between children and dogs, a magic that can become a life-saving miracle for a child paired with one of our Autism Assistance Dogs.

    Other agencies that train Autism Assistance Dogs include:
    Little Angels Service Dogs
    Paws With a Cause
    Pawsitivity Service Dogs

  • Topics include: Challenging Behavior, ABA Therapy, Potty Training, Sensory Issues, Blood Draws, Dental Visits, Haircuts, Eating & Sleeping, and much more. Provided by the ARC of Tri-Cities.

  • Sometimes, people with autism display behaviors that are challenging to understand and address. The Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit will provide you with strategies and resources to address these behaviors and help support you during difficult situations.

  • Teachers, researchers and families speak about the significance of Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism) in the education and progress of children in their classrooms and studies, as well as what kind of results educators can expect to see shortly after beginning to use it.

  • The Autism Society’s magazine, the Autism Advocate, offers a diverse collection of the latest issues in autism (e.g.,employment, education, environmental health, therapies/interventions, adult issues, caregiving, etc.), Autism Society news, personal perspectives of families and individuals living with autism, and tips from parents and professionals.
    Autism Matters is the Autism Society’s free monthly e-newsletter, sent to over 100,000 members and supporters with the latest updates on news, advocacy, research, education, conferences and resources.

  • Located in Kennewick, WA, Responding to Autism offers several programs including: Autism Screenings, Social Groups, Parent Education & Support, Educational Consulting & Training, Early Intervention, and Adult Programs.

  • Between 44 to 83 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder experience sleep issues. There are things you can do to help.

  • The wallet card is a tool to be used by a teenager or an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or intellectual disabilities. Visit us to see how to apply for and use a card, when to use it, and tips on how to safely interact with law enforcement and first responders.

  • It took us nine years to get my son Marc using the toilet on his own, and here is how we did it.

  • Pilot Program at Univ. of Washington offers on-the-job training for young adults with Autism.

  • Helpful resources for parents of children with special needs.