On this page you’ll find resources that will assist you in your journey with autism.

Recommended books for parents

Teaching Children with Autism to Mind Read 

It is now established that difficulties in understanding other people’s minds underlie many of the social and communication problems that are characteristic of autism. This book offers practical teaching materials for the practitioner in the field, exploring the relationship of ‘theory of mind’ deficits to social and communication problems in children with autism. Based on their successful experimental work, the authors provide a detailed intervention programme, with accessible teaching materials to help autistic children improve their understanding of beliefs, emotion and pretence. The improved and expanded second edition now incorporates two books; a practitioner’s guide that covers the up to date theory and background to the approach, and a print and electronic workbook that can be used with children, or by young people and adults, as a learning tool.

Steps to Independence 

Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. That’s an important job—and this popular, highly respected guidebook makes it much easier. A trusted resource for thousands of families, this lively book gives parents of children from age 3 through young adulthood proven strategies for teaching children the life skills they’ll need to live as independently as possible. Parents will start with a reader-friendly overview of the basics of teaching and then go deeper with a step-by-step guide to teaching seven different types of skills: get-ready, self-help, toilet training, play, self-care, home-care, and information gathering skills. In this fourth edition, they’ll also find helpful updates and additions, such as

  • an expanded section on managing behavior problems, including guidance on identifying the problems, examining behavior, initiating a behavior management program, and encouraging alternative behaviors
  • a chapter on technology that reflects recent advances and shows how to benefit from using email, instant messaging, Internet communities, search engines, and software
  • a chapter on strengthening partnerships with other teachers in the child’s life during IEP meetings, through classroom volunteer work, and in everyday communication with them

Based on years of work with parents and laced with humor, helpful illustrations, and vignettes, this is a must-have resource for families and all professionals who work with them.

1001 Great Ideas 

Winner of  a Silver medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards and Learning Magazine‘s Teachers Choice Award, 1001 Great Ideas has been a treasured resource in the autism community since 2004. In this expanded second edition, Ellen Notbohm (best-selling author of the revolutionary book Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew) and Veronica Zysk (award-winning author and former editor of Autism Asperger’s Digestmagazine) present parents and educators with over 1800 ideas try-it-now tips, eye-opening advice, and grassroots strategies. More than 600 fresh ideas join tried and true tactics from the original edition, offering modifications for older kids, honing in on Asperger’s challenges, and enhancing already-effective ways to help your child or student achieve success at home, in school, and in the community. This one-stop-shop of solutions, explanations, and strategies guides the reader to quickly find ideas that speak to the variety of developmental levels, learning styles, and abilities inherent in children with autism and Asperger’s.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wish You Knew

Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book in their back pocket. Framed with both humor and compassion, the book describes ten characteristics that help illuminate—not define—children with autism.

Ellen’s personal experiences as a parent of children with autism and ADHD, a celebrated autism author, and a contributor to numerous publications, classrooms, conferences, and websites around the world coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. This updated edition delves into expanded thought and deeper discussion of communication issues, social processing skills, and the critical roles adult perspectives play in guiding the child with autism to a meaningful, self-sufficient, productive life.
A bonus section includes ten more essential, thought-provoking “things” to share with young people on the spectrum as they cross the threshold of adulthood, and an appendix of more than seventy questions suitable for group discussion or self-reflection. This new edition sounds an even more resonant call to action, carrying the reader farther into understanding the needs and the potential of every child with autism.

Bronze Award in Psychology, ForeWord Book of the Year Awards
Gold Award, Mom’s Choice Awards

Helpful websites for parents

Autism Speaks is an autism science and advocacy organization that provides a resource guide for all 50 states. The site also provides a list of online apps that parents can try with their kids. These apps including games that focus on communication and social skills development. 

Olive Branch can be located in their provider directory at:

Disability Scoop’s e-mail distribution list provides current updates on developmental disabilities. It’s free to sign up to receive their emails.

Autism Society provides updates on the latest autism news and information.

The Autism Research Institute focuses on researching the causes of autism and developing safe and effective treatments.

WarmLine provides free support, training and consultation to families of children with disabilities birth to age 26 in 26 counties of Northern California. They can help parents learn what their rights are, brainstorm options and help find appropriate resources.

Sacramento4Kids is an online family resource guide for kids within the Greater Sacramento area. From Events, Arts & Music, Birthday Parties, Camps, Child Care, Classes, Deals & Discounts, Schools, Field Trips, Health Providers, Kids Eat Free venues, Places To Go, Sports, and for Special Needs children. It’s an easy to use online directory listing where you can find an array of resources for your kids.

Olive Branch can be located in their provider directory at:

Applied Behavior Analysis Resources

The mission of the California Association for Behavior Analysis is to promote the science and theory of behavior analysis through the support of research, education and practice.

CalABA sponsors the top regional conference on behavior analysis in the United States and regularly feature well known researchers and clinicians from throughout the United States.

The California Association for Behavior Analysis was formed in 1998 when two organizations joined together: The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis (NCABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy/Southern California (ABAT/SC).

BACB is an organization that credentials and regulates behavior analytic providers internationally. All certificants that maintain credentialing through the BACB must hold to its ethical code and must practice within their personal areas of expertise.