With one out of every 110 children receiving diagnoses of autism, parents are finding answers to questions about the neurological disorder on Facebook.
Many parents are finding that just posting questions about everything from diet, to finding health-care practitioners in their areas, to locating appropriate schooling for their child with autism, can be answered via Facebook.
Like parent Dolores Wilson says:
I am the mother of a newly diagnosed child who is two-and-a-half years old. My husband and I knew something was wrong with our child and we didn’t want to turn a blind’s eye. We sought answers and actually looked to Facebook for help. We had general knowledge about autism, what new parent these days has not been made aware of it? We posted questions on a few autism pages which were promptly answered by parents, and then, took our acquired info with us to our child’s pediatrician, who co-signed on what we had uncovered on Facebook. It is a very trying and desperate time for us but we know we could always rely on other parents of children with autism via Facebook to offer encouragement, tips and support.
If you have been impacted by autism, whether you are a parent, relative or just supportive friend, here are some Facebook pages worth checking out:
- The Autism Society of America
- Autism Speaks
- Autism Support Network
- Autism Spectrum Quarterly Magazine
- Fight Autism with Jenny McCarthy
- Callous Disregard, Autism and Vaccines
- Autism Newswire
- Nourishing Hope for Autism Diet Community
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression in the Mothers of Children with Autism
- ASAP: Asperger’s Syndrome from Around the Planet