These are resources I have found helpful, I hope you do too.
The Utah Parent Center is an award-winning training and information center founded in 1983 by parents of children and youth with all disabilities to help other parents facing similar challenges throughout Utah. The caring and competent staff of the UPC utilizes a proven, effective parent-to-parent model to help many thousands of parents annually. We also represent families in many systems level activities. UPC staff has built collaborative networks with education, health and human service professionals, agencies and organizations. The Center promotes change within community through various projects and activities. Located in Salt Lake City, the Center serves families across Utah.
The UPC is founded on the philosophy that parents are full partners in the decision-making processes that direct their child’s care and programs and, as such, can provide significant support to other parents in similar circumstances.
Carmen B. Pingree
School for Children with Autism
This an wonderful private school that starts at preschool age (2yrs) and up. The curriculum is an ABA approach and has worked wonders for my son. He was 3 when he started, after we had received two years of PLAY, FLOORTIME and TEACH therapy. I believe that these other types of therapy were perfect for his age and gaining social skills in order in learn how to interact with our family. ABA therapy is different and more structured and exactly what my son was ready for at age 3 (not before).
Preschool has publicly funded slots, but you must get on a waiting list ASAP.
The Autism Council of Utah (ACU) is an independent council working to foster collaboration, communication, and learning among families and agencies. Our aim is to promote access to resources and responsible information for individuals of all ages who have, or are affected by autism, or related conditions. The Council will accomplish this by supporting statewide partnerships to collaborate on special projects, research, and training.
The Utah Autism Coalition (UAC) is a parent-driven, grassroots advocacy group dedicated to supporting initiatives and other programs that enhance the lives of individuals with autism and their families. It is comprised of both the families of these individuals as well as representatives from various autism advocacy organizations, agencies, and professionals who serve Utahns with Autism Spectrum Disorders. UAC believes individuals with autism deserve an early diagnosis and access to evidence-based treatments which, as proven by research, could change the course of their lives.
Autism Journeys serves individuals on the spectrum as well as those with related conditions. Our autism treatment center, located in Draper, Utah, offers autism intervention to children, teens, and adults, providing a foundation for autism treatment that will help the family and the individual. Autism Journeys specializes in helping families maintain a comfortable and consistent family life through autism therapies, support, and education. We believe that empowering parents and individuals with autism is the most effective way to produce long-term, lasting results.
Research now suggests that children as young as 1 year old can show signs of autism. The most important thing you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and understand the typical developmental milestones your child should be reaching at different ages. Please look over the following list. If you have any concerns about your child's development, don't wait. Speak to your doctor about screening your child for autism. While validated screening for autism starts only as young as 16 months, the best bet for younger children is to have their development screened at every well visit with a highly validated developmental screening tool. If your child does have autism, early intervention may be his or her best hope.