When you first get the Autism Diagnosis, you might feel relieved or maybe a little bit of grief. Relieved that you can finally formulate a plan. Grief because some of your dreams and hopes may not happen. Some people throw the sink at Autism (ME!), while others may dip their toe in and try one treatment at a time. Right now you might be feeling overwhelmed, but please know it’ll be ok. Maybe not what you expected, but so much more. Kids with Autism teach us to slow down and enjoy the little things. #autismfamily
Want to help someone?
➡ New Parents: HOPE
Local Autism Family information and resources
➡ Join our Autism Family Spectrum Parents meetup
➡ Special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities: wrightslaw.com
➡ Dr. Eric Madren is one of our favorite family Autism Docs. Get on his waitlist now. 757-548-0076
➡ Dr. John Harrington, CHKD. (757) 668-7400
➡ TASA – Autism Society –757.461.4474 (This is your first stop – Ask about Autism 101
➡ Ron Jacobson – Ron, along with defining, setting, and tracking your goals, will help you focus on every important aspect of your attitudes and actions that determine your success in each area of interest in your life
➡ OakTree Counseling – Nikki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She specializes in helping autistic families- children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake find better ways to live, work, and play happier.
➡ FACT – Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater – 757.788.1993
➡ TACA – Talk About Curing Autism Now
➡ The Hitching Post – you have to check this resource out. So many awesome programs -757.606. 0756
➡ Inside Out Learners – provides social skills instruction, academic tutoring, teen socials, and autism family engaging activities
➡ Vital Therapy – SPEECH AND OT – and they have openings! 757.499.1290
➡ Pennington Group Full Spectrum Services – ABA 757-472-1930
➡ JT TMCA Camp Grom – Adventure Park for Wounded Warriors, the families of fallen war heroes, and children and adults with differing abilities. Have you been to this place? No? It ROCKS.
➡ Wahine Surf Camp – Our mission is to promote a healthy active lifestyle and the importance of water sports to our area, participate and support local community service programs, environmentally conscious-minded, and we host our annual event in October called Coastal Edge Surf For The Cure which is to bring awareness to breast cancer and raise funds for our local chapter Susan. Wahine ❤️
➡ Moore to See Photo Expeditions Tours and Photography of wildlife, workboats, watermen, and scenery from the Chesapeake Bay region. Nothing better than being on the water, listening to great music while drinking, and adult beverages. Go here!
➡ Seth Broudy School of Surf – Virginia Beach’s premier surf camps & surf lessons! We offer summer family autism surf camps and private surf lessons for all ages (6+)
➡ I have known Courtney and her family for five generations. Last year, she created those hilarious wine cups for our Santa Party. (Have you taken your meds today?) This year we are getting tumblers (“I think I will skip my meds and stir shit up a bit” and “Keep Calm, It’s Only Autism” in a beautiful sea green custom design). Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is also a fixer, an awesome mom, and will drop what she is doing to help anyone. #defintelyakeeper
Coastal Designs 757
➡ Jodi is one of our own and her Salon is built for people that have a hard time with too much stimulation. They also do house calls, provide social stories and videos to those who need it. ♥️ Thrilled to have her part of our autism family. Abracadabra Salon
Want to Buy or Sell a House?
➡ Suzi Noyes 757-724-1064 & Pam Toth, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services