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We Have Launched A New Website Section!
When a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) parents find themselves entering a new world.  The purpose of this new section of our website is to help you more easily navigate some key information and tools that can help you on this journey.  We broke this information into six key areas that we have learned over the years help parents consider the multiple factors to support their child with ASD while also keeping in mind the needs of siblings, parents, and other family members.

While the information is written with families in mind, professionals will also find this information beneficial as a resource for the families they serve. We hope you find this information helpful, and encourage families and professionals to provide us feedback as you access the information and use the toolkits we have created for you. 
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Whether you are just starting on an autism journey or have been navigating it for some time, our new website section has information for families, providers, and individuals. Below are the six sections with a small snippet of what you can access.

  • Learn About Autism Spectrum Disorder: This section defines ASD and discusses signs and symptoms as well as evaluation and diagnosis information. There is also the Learn About Autism webinar presentation that you can access.

  • Access Services and Supports: The purpose of this section of the website is to provide information and tools that help you self-assess the need for and availability of community resources for your child and family.This section will help you explore how to assess your current services and identify your support needs. There is also information on how to make decisions about interventions, going out in the community, and a link to our provider and resources directory.

  • Advocate & Form Partnerships: The resources in this section will assist you in learning more about advocating for your child with ASD as well as a toolkit in help with organizing information. A list of some advocacy organizations will also be included.

  • Learn Everyday Strategies:The purpose of this section of the website is to provide information and tools that you can use on a daily basis for your child and family. The information provided includes a general overview of each area or strategy, along with additional resources. As a family, you may want to use this information in collaboration with your loved one's health care professionals or education team. You can also access the Proactive Parenting Strategies and the Everyday Strategies Webinar presentations. 
  • Make A Plan: In this section of the website we provide information and tools to assist you in developing a plan for your child. As time goes on and your child grows, and you learn more information about ASD, you will likely modify this plan to best meet your child’s needs. In this section, we introduce you to key areas that research indicates are important for a comprehensive program/plan for an individual with ASD. You can also access the Challenging Behavior Webinar presentation. recommend reviewing these areas as you consider goals and priorities for your child. 

  • Learn About Family Health & Wellbeing: The purpose of this section of the website is to provide information and resources for you and the members of your family as you navigate your way on your family’s autism journey.  
New Training Opportunities
Finding a Place in the World-Supporting Children and Youth for the Transition to Adulthood Webinar:

More children with autism are growing up and often struggle to succeed in the adult world. Research has identified key factors that contribute to greater success in adult life. The presenters will discuss and provide strategies for teaching key social and adaptive skills and strategies for increasing collaboration between parents and professionals to facilitate successful transition to adult life. Participants will also learn about secondary-transition resources available in Oklahoma.

Date: June 25th from 12:00-1:00 with a Q &A from 1:00- 1:30.
There is no cost to attend this webinar.
Partnering with Parents Two-Part Webinar Series:

In this two-part webinar we will discuss the reasons why partnering with parents is so critical for children with ASD. Participants will learn about the principles of family-centered care and key components of effectively working with parents.  Participants will also learn basic strategies for working together to develop goals, and the use of basic coaching strategies to more effectively support parents in using strategies with their child in home and natural settings. 

Part One:  Why Partnering with Parents is so Important
Date:  June 11, 2020
Time:   12:00 – 12:45 presentation; 12:45 - 1:15 Q & A

Part Two:  Strategies to More Effectively Partner with Parents
Date:   June 18, 2020
Time:  12:00 – 12:45 presentation; 12:45 - 1:15 Q & A

There are no CEUs offered for these webinar series. 

To register or learn more:

Stay safe and healthy!
The Oklahoma Autism Network Team