Parents tell us...
"There were parts of our lives that were hard to talk about, I knew that I needed help."
"At first, I was embarrassed, but our doctor really understood and had some good suggestions."
Behaviors: Fecal smearing, pica (eating non-foods), head banging
Contact your child's doctor and/or case manager and request a behavioral evaluation.
Read about managing behaviors in Autism Speaks toolkits
Constipation, impaction, diarrhea, vomiting and other digestion issues
Contact your child's doctor. Digestion issues are included in the Autism Speaks toolkits
Diapers for older children, teens, and young adults
Contact the Intensive Care Manager or Exceptional Needs Care Coordinator at your health plan to request financial assistance for diapers and supplies. Read our tip sheet: Getting to know your ENCC
Preparing your youth/child for contact with police or paramedics
This can be especially important for children, who have life-threatening medical conditions, wander, or whose behaviors become extreme when they are under stress.
Medical ID bracelets can be lifesavers. Many insurance companies pay for ID bracelets with a prescription. Some organizations organizations offer them for free, or at a reduced cost.
Autism Speaks offers social stories about safety You can order printed copies or use them as templates for creating your own social stories. Learn more in this webinar, "Teaching Safety Skills to Individuals with Autism".
This Emergency room planning sheet was written by parents, for parents to prepare for trips to the emergency room.
Oregon Health Authority: Mental health support and information for new moms
Extreme or dangerous behaviors
Financial, food, or medical debt, crisis
Bedbugs, lice, and other infestations
Dealing with a difficult diagnosis
Parent incarceration and criminal justice issues
Sesame Street Tips, videos, and activities
University of Minnesota: "The Justice System and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities."
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network: Autism and safety toolkit