Helpful Links

Dr. Detzer’s professional facebook page: a place where I post interesting articles and links

Phosphatidylserine is an OTC supplement that is showing significant gains for kids in terms of regulating irritability and impulsivity, mood and sleep. Another study group showed gains in memory, inattention, and impulsivity. Side effects are low (gas and stomach upset which can be managed with slow titration).

Largest study to date confirms autistic people are significantly more gender diverse than the general population AND gender diverse people are more likely to be autistic than controls.

Resources page for Listening to My Body and other books by Gabi Garcia:

Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)–a King County Agency providing immediate support for children and families (an alternative to calling 911 in near-emergencies)

A list of King County resources for teenagers

Alyssa Burnett Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital (classes and social activities for young adults 18+ on the spectrum)

Ryther Center’s Aspiring Youth: Social Skills, Sumer Camps, and Young Adult Services for autistics and others with developmental differences

Theater of Possibility (Theater Groups for kids and young adults on the spectrum)
Lauren Marshall

Game to Grow: Game to Grow is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 on the belief that games of all kinds have the power to improve people’s lives. (Social skills groups based on table top and role playing games lead by therapists)

Apex Summer Camp at the University of Washington Autism Center (Five week summer program in social and behavioral skills for ASD and ADHD kids ages 6-12)

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network: Nothing About Us Without Us

Autistic Women’s Network

Pathological Demand Avoidance: Part of the Autism Spectrum
Home page of the PDA Society of the United Kingdom:
PDA Behavior Strategies Tip Sheet download (4 pages) for children and adolescents

Angry, Mean Autistics Invading Autism Groups, Upsetting Parents
Blog post by Hevvejo aimed at helping parents understand adult autistic activists (with many helpful embedded links to other autistic ally organizations)

The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism
Maia Szalavitz

Neruowonderful: Ask an Autistic
by Amythest Schaber

Real Social Skills (for Autonomous People)
by Ruti Regan

Roadmap to Transition: A Handbook for Autistic Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Self-Advocacy for College Students on the Autism Spectrum a handbook from Drexel University

Four Simple Rules for Touch and Consent (Kidpower Curriculum/Parent Toolkit)

I Have My Period Social Story (from Your Autism Toolbox–a great place for autism positive resources of all kinds created by the neurodiversity community) Toolbox

Spoon theory by Christine Miserandino
(an article explaining variability of mental and physical resources)

Splines Theory: A Spoons Metaphor for Autism by Luna Linsey (an article on Set Switching, or why interruptions are so hard for spectrum folks)

Laziness Does Not Exist: But Unseen Barriers Do. A terrific article by a neurodivergent university professor on understanding unseen obstacles.

My Son’s Amazing Gaming Life in World of Warcraft: A Father reflects on the nature of online friendships

Why Genetic Testing Matters for Autistic People

Advice to Young Autistics: Stick Around and Be Awesome! Does a new autism diagnosis have a young person you know feeling uncertain or even devastated? The stigma around autism can be pretty discouraging, but the answer is not to try to be “less autistic”–here is advice from an autistic person who made it through the really hard times to a happy and successful adulthood.

Coping With Crisis When You Have Unreliable or Intermittent Speech: Advice for autistics. A great article from an autistic adult written for autistic young people and adults on how to advocate for yourself and one another in difficult situations. (Parents can benefit too from learning to better understand the experience of intermittent speech from the inside)

Neruodivergent Narwhals: a link for a series of downloadable posters about neurodiversity and inclusion. All downloads are free, however, donations to support the Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Lending Library are appreciated.

A Deep Dive into the Brain Hand-Drawn by the Father of Neuroscience
Roberta Smith

Downloadable Template for a Wallet Card for Autistic Self-Identification

Goally: A device and app recommended by one of my clients as helpful for organization and executive functioning

King County’s Family Life and Sexual Health curriculum for Special Education. King County makes all their FLASH education available free on line (in case you want to know what your kids are studying in sex ed). Here is the curriculum for LD/ID. It’s actually pretty good and parts of it are fairly adaptable for homeschool (best if used with other resources like It’s Not the Stork)

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