Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of brain development disorders that includes autism, Rett Syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and Asperger Syndrome.
The most obvious signs and symptoms of autism (such as difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors) tend to emerge between ages two and three. Early diagnosis and early intervention with demonstrated behavioral therapies can improve outcomes.
The following resources provide support, services and information for individuals who have an autism spectrum disorder, or have a household member with autism. The EAP can assist by providing support, and referring to appropriate community resources or an internal specialist.
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Alan and Lorraine Bressler Clinical and Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Offers complete psychiatric evaluation, including psychopharmacological, neuropsychological, behavioral, and social service consultation evaluation of children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Asperger's Association of New England
(AANE)'s mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with AS and related conditions and their families.
Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Inc
Provides families in the MetroWest area with information, education and support.
Massachusetts chapter, seeks to improve the lives of all affected by autism through education, advocacy, services, research and support.
An organization dedicated to science and research, family services, awareness and advocacy.
Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
A national listing (by state) of resources for families and educators.
Family Ties of Massachusetts
A network for families and professionals supporting children and youth with special needs.
Federation for Children with Special Needs
A center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. 617-236-7210
New England Center for Children
Provides support and practical help to people seeking answers about autism.
New England Disability Index
Provides information for people with disabilities, their friends, families and the people who serve them.
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For more information or to discuss autism concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 02/14/2012