Essential Autism Resources for Virginia Families with Autistic Children

Published on June 1, 2024

Essential Autism Resources for Virginia Families with Autistic Children

Published on June 1, 2024

At Family Priority, we understand that raising a child with autism comes with unique challenges and rewards. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing exceptional ABA therapy and mental health services to children across Virginia. But our support goes beyond clinical care. A strong support system is crucial for both the child and the family.

This blog post highlights valuable resources available to Virginia families on their autism journey.

Autism Resources: Connecting with Others

  • Support Groups:  Support groups can offer information and education, peer connections, validation, shared resources, emotional support, and coping strategies for autistic individuals, their families, and caregivers. They are also great avenues for reducing stigma and fostering a positive autism self-identity for advocacy and empowerment. (https://ascv.org/resources/resource-directory/networking-groups-local/)
    • ASCV In-Person
    • ASCV Virtual
    • Community Support Groups

Autism Resources: Building Your Knowledge

  • Autism Speaks: This national organization offers a wealth of information on autism, including diagnosis, treatment options, and resources for families (https://www.autismspeaks.org/).
  • VirginiaABA®: VirginiaABA is a professional organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VABA or VirginiaABA® is for individuals interested in the science and technology of behavior analysis and its underlying philosophy, radical behaviorism. The Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis is an affiliated chapter of ABAI and an affiliate of APBA. They provide Advocacy for behavior analysts, resources for providers, networking, and additional benefits. (https://virginiaaba.org/).
  • Child Care: These resources can help you learn about the laws that ensure your child has access to the supports and services they need to thrive as well as programs and services that help children with disabilities. (https://childcare.gov/consumer-education/services-for-children-with-disabilities)
    • Understand the Individuals with/ Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    • Services Available to Help, such as Early Intervention & Understanding Special
    • Education
    • Financial Support for Children with/ Disabilities
    • Parent Education & Support
    • Services based on State
    • Support for Military Families of Children with/ Disabilities
  • Family Priority: Autism in Children & Helpful Tips: Right here on our blog, you’ll find a wealth of information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children. We cover topics such as:
    • Understanding the signs of autism in children
    • Early intervention and the importance of a diagnosis
    • Treatment options, including ABA therapy and other approaches
    • Practical tips for parents and caregivers, such as creating a positive home environment, fostering communication, and managing challenging behaviors.
    • We’re constantly adding new content to the Family Priority blog, so be sure to check back often!
family walking on a trail holding hands

A strong support system is crucial for both the child and the family.

Autism Resources: Empowering Your Child

  • After-School Activities: Finding activities your child enjoys can boost confidence and social skills. Consider options like sports teams, art classes, or clubs focused on specific interests.
  • Therapeutic Recreation Center: James City County Parks & Recreation offers a variety of programs and activities for youth, teens, and adults with disabilities. Each program is designed to meet the emotional, physical, social, and cognitive needs of the participants. (https://jamescitycountyva.gov/3125/Therapeutic-Recreation)
    • Camps: Day Camps, Outings, Movie Nights, Art Camps
    • Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Track, Yoga, Field Days
  • Special Olympics: Special Olympics is a movement built on inclusion, where every person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. They provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for persons with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. They are helping make the world a better, healthier, and more joyful place through the power of sport. Special Olympics Virginia organizes and runs year-round athletic training and nearly 2,000 competitions each year for athletes of all ages at no cost to our participants. (https://www.specialolympicsva.org/)

Remember, You’re Not Alone

Family Priority is here to partner with you on your journey. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) can develop a personalized treatment plan for your child, while our mental health professionals can provide support for the entire family.

We hope this blog post empowers Virginia families to build strong support systems for their children with autism.  Remember, with the right resources and a dedicated team by your side, you can help your child reach their full potential.

Contact Family Priority today to schedule a consultation and explore how we can help your family thrive.

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