Welcome to Autism Fundraising Guide. I focus on therapies, treatment, advice, trends and personal anecdotes based upon my experience as a parent of a sixteen year old with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have seen this disorder go from relatively obscure when my child was diagnosed thirteen years ago, to a very maintream epidemic today.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Do Wonders With Software Programs for Children With Autism

Some children with autism really like and respond well to technology. Fortunately, there are good software programs for children with autism. These programs produce wonderful benefits for children with autism in developing language and skills for school. Following are some examples of good software programs for children with autism:

1. Earobics Home This is beneficial for speech, auditory and reading.
2. Great Action Adventure This is a great vocabulary building program.
3. Communicate Webwide This allows people to view webpages in symbols to make web content less complex for people with disabilities to understand.
4. Music Factory You know how much the kids love music. This allows them to make their own compositions and it is relaxing.

You can find these at http://www.mayer-johnson.com/ and http://www.difflearn.com/

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Videos Make Socializing Fun For Children With Autism

Socialization is one of the most difficult challenges for children with autism. Socialization is hard and it really needs to be made easier for children with autism. That is why I really like the idea of video modeling. Video modeling is watching videos that show proper social behavior. Videos are usually enjoyable for children and it takes the pressure off and makes it fun for children with autism to learn to socialize. These are three video modeling series:

Fitting In and Having Fun
Watch Me Learn
Modeling: Let's Go to the Restaurant
They are available at http://www.difflearn.com/

The above videos have value in teaching social skills in a less stressful way. Perhaps if it is not so difficult then children with autism will make more progress in the area of social skills.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Best Therapies and Supplements

I would just like to summarize the 8 Best Therapies for Children With Autism.

1. Applied Behavior Analysis
2. Dietary Interventions
3. Augmentative Communication
4. Floor Time Therapy
5. Son Rise Program
6. DAN! Conference
7. Fast ForWord
8. Auditiory Integration Training

Also, The Three Simple Ways Children With Autism Improve Quickly are as follows:

1. Theralac
2. VSL#3
3. Culturelle

I hope this information helps, and God Bless All Our Children!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some Resources

I know some of you parents out there are struggling to find the funding to pay for the expense of having a special needs child. Following are some fundraising ideas:

Newsletter Publishing- Mail a monthly letter updating your child's progress, special gifts and community recognition. People are very interested to hear good, positive news about your child's gains.

Rent a Booth in the Holiday Bazaar- Create cute craft items all year in anticipation of the major holiday bazaar. You can probably rent a booth at your annual church/temple holiday bazaar and use the profits to pay therapists/tutors/materials for your child.

Gift Basket Business- Develop a gift basket business in time for the holidays. Items to be placed in the gift basket could be from the local "dollar store.