Autism Help for Parents

Resources to help parents receive expert training in effective social communication skills.
By Holly Pevzner
Mar 17, 2015




Mar 17, 2015

In the largest study of its kind, researchers at Florida State University found that toddlers with autism benefit greatly when their parents receive expert training that emphasizes social communication skills. The extra good news: If you’re the parent of an autistic child, there are plenty of resources to help you learn effective strategies. A few to check out:

Practice PLAY
Consultants from the PLAY Project can visit your home, coach you, and model various techniques suited for interacting with children ages 18 months to 6 years. They also offer online and in-person workshops. Find one near you at

Gain a community
Easter Seals ( and Autism Speaks ( have affiliates that can point you in the right direction for nearby parent-training help. Each site allows you to search by location.

Search online
Web-based training programs such as Michigan State University’s free, 3-month ImPACT Online Communication Training program offer moms and dads videos, manuals, and homework assignments about communication. UCDavis Mind Institute’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities also offers two online courses.

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