My husband and I believe in the principle of early detection and early intervention. When I saw all the red flags on our daughter’s developmental milestones, I felt like I needed to do something right away. I couldn’t wait for six long months before our initial consultation so I went to the worldwide web for answers. All of the articles I read said that the earlier you act for your child, the better. Throughout the process, I kept close tabs on all the websites and support groups that I visited and joined.
Below are six helpful sites that are full of useful information about autism, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder and other sensory issues. These six amazing sites include information about your child’s condition, stories from parents who have been through it, helpful resources, learning tools, forums and blog entries. I hope you’ll find them useful as much as I do.
- Autism Society Philippines – The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism. Their site serves as my local help guide on autism, including updates and developments on PWD rights and privileges.
- Sesame Street and Autism – I instantly fell in love with this site when it launched in October 2015. This Sesame Street initiative is aimed at families with children ages two to five and their communities. It offers interactive tools, videos, and an online resource center to help build an understanding around autism.
- Lemon Lime Adventures – It’s a site that features a blended family’s adventures in homeschooling, sensory processing, natural living and personal experiences. I find the parenting tips and practical activities they share very helpful in keeping my little one busy and productive.
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child – Inspired by Raising a Sensory Smart Child, the award-winning book and resource for parents, this community is about helping kids with SPD. It’s a supportive page focused on helping parents of kids with SPD. I think it’s wonderful that this site alerts people to the research that has been done about special needs children.
- Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support – This is a safe place to find support, get to know other parents who have children with SPD, ask questions, learn, share success and spread awareness. Of all the websites I shared, this is the site I could relate the most to. I enjoy writing comments on some of the members posts by sharing things that have worked for me or even as simple as offering words of encouragement to struggling special needs parents.
- Momma ‘n Manila – This local blog documents the journey of a beautiful mom through motherhood. Aside from this, she also shares her thoughts on yoga, cooking, crafting, raising a special child, exploring, eating, playing, and living in Manila. There are very few local blogs on special needs parenting and this one is absolutely inspiring!
Just like everyone else, I am human. Sometimes, I feel like it’s easier to fall into the pit of negativity, self-pity and self-condemnation. In my personal experience, it really helps to put my worries into perspective especially when I know that there are far many people in the world that are so much worse off than me. It’s an affirmation that I’m not alone.
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What do you think about my list? Do you have websites and forums that you follow that has helped you in your journey through special needs parenting? I’d love to hear about them. Please feel free to share in the comments section.