Resources for Parents of Children with Autism

Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  ASD can effect communication, social Interaction, behavior and attention.  ASD affects each child differently and can range from mild to very severe. The CDC estimates that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosing ASD can be challenging because there is no specific genetic or medical test to spot the disorder. In order to get an accurate diagnosis, doctors will conduct a comprehensive evaluation that looks at both behavior and development. Some common signs of ASD may be:


  • challenges associated with ASD.

    Not responding to their name by 12 months

  • Not pointing at objects to show interest by 14 months
  • Avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone
  • Having delayed speech and language skills
  • Getting upset by minor changes

Click here to learn more about signs and symptoms of ASD.

If you have recently learned that your child has autism, it can be hard to figure out the next steps to take. But, with resources you can better address the everyday

There are many resources and services in Delaware that can help you navigate your next steps. Family SHADE is a great place to start. They take the time to understand the needs of each child and connect families to resources through their searchable database, mobile app, which is available on iTunes and Google play, and toll free number (1-855-755-SHADE).