Autism Resource Page
For Northeast Florida
Publisher & Mom
What you may not know is that in addition to being a Publisher, I am also the mother of a child with Autism. The past thirteen years have been a challenging journey and along the way I have learned a lot.
The day I was told my son Jake had Autism, a debilitating disease without a known cause or definitive known treatments, I was devastated and scared. Jake was two at the time and it has lead our entire family down a kind of rabbit hole of alternative treatments including, biomedical interventions, neurologists, applied-behavior-analysis, play therapy and a host of other phantom treatments to no avail.
Having a child with special needs is not only filled with challenges regarding health and therapy needs but has affected our family’s social interactions. People often do not realize Jake has a disability because on the outside he looks like any twelve year-old. When he picks up food off the ground and sticks it in his mouth, has a tantrum at the grocery store, or stares blankly when a well-intentioned stranger asks him to stop hugging them, I find myself offering, “I’m sorry, he has Autism”.
Years ago most people did not know a thing about Autism, but thankfully times are changing and awareness is better than ever thanks to grassroots efforts in our communities.
Hopefully, this resource page is a way to connect families dealing with autism to the resources that will help them along their journey. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO OTHER FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY PLEASE EMAIL Debbie @stjohnsmag.com
Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics
Center for Autism
& Related Services (CARD)
Early Learning Coalition of Jax
Heal Autism Now
Jacksonville School for Autism
Surfer's For Autism
Brain Balance Jacksonville
Sesame Street & Autism (awareness done right)
Traveling with Kids with Autism
Autism Resources on Pinterest
SJM Autism Blog
SJM Autism Blog Our own blog about local families and the challenges they face and/or local businesses with services geared toward children on the spectrum.
The Mighty is an awesome blog that I follow on facebook. The blog is geared toward all disabilities but it has a special section on Autism. Their motto is ....We publish real stories by real people facing real challenges. The stories are always inspiring uplifting and real.
Autism Daddy is my personal favorite autism blog . He has anonymous posts from 2011 to the present and facebook page as well. He tells it like it is without sentimentality. When you are feeling like no one understands - Autism Daddy is your guy.
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