Helpful Links

Information for Parents

In an effort to help our families navigate the world of ABA and autism, this page contains some helpful links organized by topic.

Please note that any educational materials are intended to give parents a greater understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). While these websites are credible sources of information they are not intended to replace structured parent training programs or direct instruction and coaching provided by a BCBA which entails parents directly using individualized intervention practices with their child to increase positive learning opportunities and acquisition of important skills. In addition, they DO NOT provide parents the level of support to qualify them as Registered Behavior Technicians. Thus, this information must be understood as a tool for guiding parents, rather than an exhaustive description of the science of ABA.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Education & Schools

Autism

Sensory-friendly Events

  • AMC Theaters – Offers unique, sensory-friendly movie showings on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.
  • Pacific Science Center – On the second Saturday of each month, through December 2017, all families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore Pacific Science Center during a special free morning visit from 8-10 a.m. – before we open to the public. Experience our exhibits without heavy crowds when we have softened general lighting and decreased the noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible.
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma – Hosts a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs. On the second Thursday of every month from 6–8 p.m., families with children who have special needs are invited for a fun family night out at the museum, and admission is free.
  • Pump it Up – Sensory Jump is held in the evenings on the second Tuesday of every month. During this time, the play areas are reserved for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Jump, slide and play with sensory-friendly games in a safe and controlled atmosphere.

Support Groups

  • Exceptional Families Network – A nonprofit organization working with families who have children with special needs. They support, educate, and empower exceptional families in our community to create an inclusive environment for children with special needs.
  • Seattle Children’s Sibshops – Lively, pedal-to-the-metal, award-winning celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another – if they are given a chance.

Directory of ABA Providers

  • Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy – A personal advocate and legislative champion for people with autism and other disabilities. They work to ensure that families access health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and supportive community-based services
  • The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) – A national organization established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.

Autism Websites Recommended by Parents

  • Autism Speaks – One of the leading autism science and advocacy organizations. Autism Speaks provides a comprehensive resource guide for all states. The site also boasts an impressive list of apps that parents may find useful, including games that focus on communication and social skills.
  • Autism Society – Another great site that includes helpful resources for those with autism, family members, as well as professionals. Autism Society also gives updates on the latest autism news and press releases.
  • Disability Scoop – Sign up for Disability Scoop’s email news to receive the most current updates on developmental disabilities.
  • Autism Highway – Started by a woman whose son was diagnosed with autism, Autism Highway is both informative and fun. Easy to navigate, Autism Highway provides an extensive list of Autism related events and specialists. In addition, Autism Highway includes many fun games that children are sure to enjoy!

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