- Autism NJ
- Provides guidance on preparing individuals with autism for the vaccine, wearing masks, adjusting to disruptions in their routines, coping with regression and challenging behaviors, remote learning resources, and useful apps. Also contains strategies for caregiver self-care, financial concerns, and practical information regarding COVID-19 and its effects on the delivery of therapies. Autism NJ also has a hotline: 1-800-428-8476.
- University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
- Contains a social story designed to prepare those with ASD to receive the vaccine.
- Harvard Health Publishing: Harvard Medical School
- An article containing tips for helping those with ASD cope with taking a COVID test and adjust to wearing masks.
- The Arc of New Jersey
- Contains COVID-19 resources for individuals and their caregivers – including plain-language explanations, a list of 75 stay-at-home activities, housing updates, and income support.
- New Jersey Division of Disability Services
- Contains an emergency preparedness checklist for people with disabilities.
- Autism Speaks
- Has a wide variety of resources geared toward families and toward adults who have autism. There is an Autism Response Team (ART) available to answer questions by phone, email, and live chat (1-888- 288-4762). Also contains tips for discussing COVID-19 with your child, a social story about wearing masks, guidance if your child needs to be hospitalized, behavioral resources, coping with stress, and parental training and support resources.
- Echo Autism
- Contains information about how to do ABA, OT, and speech therapy at home, how to teach at home, social stories, and parenting tips.
- Contains free printable worksheets on a wide variety of topics for children in preschool through fifth grade. Also has online games, songs, activities, and stories. Must create a free account to use.
Caregiver and Individual with DD Support and Assistance
Autism New Jersey → Information About Autism, Education and Training, Caregiver Support and Referral to Specialists
- Hotline: 1-800-428-8476.
Canine Companions → Service Dogs
The Color of Autism Foundation → Provides Support to African American Families with Autism
Mom2Mom Helpline → Peer support to caregivers
- Hotline: 1-877-914-6662.
New Jersey Autism Warriors → Facebook group that provides peer support to caregivers
Ocean County Family Support Organization → Peer support, family training
Employment Training and Assistance
Allaire Community Farm → Provides PreEmployment Training, Therapy Farm Animals
Community Options → Employment Training for High School Students, Employment, Housing
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (One-Stop Career Centers are open by appointment) → Employment Assistance
Water & Sims → Provides Supported Employment Services
Information and Referral
Autism New Jersey → Information and Referral, Public Policy
- Hotline: 1-800-428-8476.
Ocean County Department of Human Services (Children’s InterAgency Coordinating Council, Office of Individuals with Disabilities) → Information and Referral, Advocacy, Community Education
Ocean County Health Department → Information and Referral
SPAN Advocacy Network → Information and Referral, Caregiver Support and Resource Center
Toms River Mayor’s Advisory Council on the Americans with Disabilities Act → Advocacy and Assistance
Toms River Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities → Advocacy and Assistance
Community Health Law Project → Legal and Advocacy Services.
Hinkle Prior & Fischer → Special Education Law, Estate Planning
The Matus Law Group → Special Education Law, Estate Planning
Sussan Greenwald, & Wesler → Special Education Law, Estate Planning
Children’s Specialized Hospital → Developmental Pediatricians, Neurologists, Psychiatrists
Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center → Developmental Evaluations, Holistic Evaluations, Nutritional Counseling, Individual and Family Counseling
Community Medical Center → Autism-Friendly ER
Developmental Pediatrics of Central NJ → Developmental Pediatrics
KidZdent → Special Needs Dentistry
The Milestones Center → Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates → Special Needs Dentistry
Easterseals NJ → Summer Camp, Behavioral Health Services, Residential Services, Day Programs, Supported Employment
Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled → Residential Services, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy for Adults
Ladacin Network → Services for All Ages: Early Intervention, Child Care, School, Therapy, Day Programs, Vocational Therapy, Housing
New Jersey Institute for Disabilities → Early Intervention, School, Day Programs, Employment Services, Residential Services, In-Home Supports, Life Skills Development
SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. → Services for All Ages: In-Home Services, Vocational Training, Residential Services
21 Plus, Inc. → Residential Services, Vocational Services, Supported Employment
New Jersey State Services
For behavior therapy and respite for children under the age of 21, contact PerformCare (the New Jersey Children’s System of Care) at www.performcarenj.org or by calling 1-877-652-7624.
To inquire about home and community-based services for individuals 21 and older, contact the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) at http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd or by calling 1-800-832-9173.
To download the NJ Office on Autism’s publication Autism: A Family Guide to Navigating the NJ Service Systems for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities, click here.
Ability Advocates of New Jersey → Transition from Children’s System of Care to Adult Services, Support Coordination for Adults Through the Division of Developmental Disabilities
A Bright Tomorrow → Support Coordination for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
A Care Connection of New Jersey → Support Coordination for Adults through the Division of Developmental Disabilities
Ocean Partnership for Children → Care Management and Service Planning for Children with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges (accessible through PerformCare)
Owen Health Care → Children’s Behavior Therapy through PerformCare, Support Coordination for Adults through the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Respite, Summer Camp, Supported Employment
PrimeTime Center → Adult Day Programs (Life Skills, Recreation, Social Skills, Vocational Skills, and More) (admission through DDD)
SPWA Services → Support Coordination for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Autism New Jersey → Public Policy
New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities → Public Policy
Ocean County Sheriff’s Office → Safety
Schools (refer to “Multiservice Organizations” for additional schools)
To view a comprehensive list of schools, visit Autism NJ’s Directory of Schools Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Alpha School → School for Ages 5 to 21
Children’s Center of Monmouth County → School for Ages 3 to 21
The Gateway School → School for Ages 5 to 21
The Harbor School → School for Ages 5 to 21
Hawkswood School → School for Ages 3 to 21
Ocean County College → Education (Disability Services) and Summer Camp
The Shore Center for Students with Autism → School for Ages 3 to 21
Camp Jaycee → Summer Camp for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Encouraging Kids Family Resource Center → After School, Evening, and Weekend Programs for Students with Special Needs.
The Friendship Circle of Central Jersey → Social and Respite Programs
Mosaic Music Therapy → Music Therapy
Music for Autism → Free concerts for individuals with DD and their caregivers (held virtually during the pandemic)
POAC Autism Services → Recreational and Support Services, Family Training
Rising Treetops at Oakhurst → Summer Camp, Respite, After School Program
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym → (Indoor Play
Therapy (ABA, DIR/Floortime, Occupational, Physical, Speech)
Brain Builders → ABA, OT, Speech, Social Skills Groups
Brett DiNovi & Associates → ABA Therapy
Caring Family Community Services ABA Therapy
Children’s Specialized Hospital → Speech, OT, PT, Feeding Therapy
The Family Resource Network → ABA Therapy
Graham Behavior Services → ABA Therapy
Helping Hands Family → ABA Therapy
Hybridge Learning Group → ABA, Speech, OT
Kaleidoscope Family Solutions → ABA Therapy
Limitless Victory Therapy Services → Occupational Therapy
Links ABA Therapy Solutions → ABA Therapy
Mastermind Behavior Services → ABA Therapy
Positive Development → DIR/Floortime
Professional Therapy Associates → ABA Therapy, Speech, OT, PT, Social Skills
Proud Moments ABA → ABA Therapy
The Puzzle Place Center for Autism → Intensive Early Intervention, Speech, OT for Young Children
Rainbow ABA → ABA Therapy
Sensory Playground → ABA, Speech, OT, PT, Music Therapy
Social Behavior Learning Solutions → Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, School Readiness, Social Skills Groups for Young Children
Speech Language Associates → Speech Therapy
Speech Pathology Solutions, LLC → Speech Therapy
Step Up Family Solutions → ABA Therapy
Sunny Days Sunshine Center → ABA, OT, PT, Speech, Social Skiills
Unlocked Potential → ABA Therapy
Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital → Feeding, OT, PT, Speech
Autism Parents Support Group
Autism Society Southwest New Jersey Affiliate 532
New Jersey Autism Warriors
New Jersey Autism Moms
NJ Special Needs Connection
Parent to Parent NJ
Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Other Support Needs
Sensory Ideas for Kids
The apps listed below are free to download, although they may offer in-app purchases.
Chronaly: Powered for Autism (Android only)
→ Track behavior and health. Share data with teachers and therapists. Also allows you to create a schedule.
I’m On It: Focus Timer for ADHD & ASD (Android Only)
→ Helps individuals stay focused on tasks by allowing the user to set a timer for specific activities.
MyAutismTeam (Apple and Android)
→ Caregivers can meet other people in similar circumstances, make friends, and get practical tips.
Aiko & Egor: Animation for Autism (Apple and Android)
→ Uses simplified animations and interactive characters to teach. Best watched with caregivers.
Cuedin (Early Intervention) (Android Only)
→ Works on academics, social skills, and daily routines. Contains visual cues, tactile tracing, and audio information.
Otsimo - Special Education AAC (Apple and Android)
→ Teaches letters, numbers, colors, animals, and more.
Animals Puzzle for Kids (Android Only)
→ Users identify, match, and arrange the puzzle pieces. It helps develop hand-eye coordination and improve cognitive skills.
Infant Zoo LITE: Visual Stimulation for Babies (Apple Only)
→ Provides visual input through high quality illustrations, animal sounds, and stimulating bubbles.
Magic Fluids Lite (Apple and Android)
→ Promotes calming and relaxation by allowing users to create a dynamic wallpaper.
MouseTrial Lite (Android Only)
→ Teaches children to identify animals, food, letters, numbers, clothes, shapes, colors, and more.
Speech and Communication
Avaz AAC (Apple Only)
→ Provides assistance for those who struggle to interact with others. It can create a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) book.
Have questions about hoopla?
Go to → hoopla instructions.
Resources for Adults/Caregivers
By Michael Bernick & Louis Vismara
Impactful and integral to our economic recovery after the pandemic, The Autism Full Employment Act will rebuild and approve autism employment programs.
Employment remains the issue today for many adults with autism. Due to the pandemic of 2020, authors Michael Bernick and Dr. Lou Vismara set out to develop an Autism Full Employment Act. At the time, the national economy was decimated, and it was clear that it would need to be rebuilt, starting in 2021 and beyond. The Act will be an attempt not only to rebuild autism employment programs, but also to address the limitations and shortcomings of the current system.
The Autism Full Employment Act shows how there can be a place in the job world for the wide range of adults with autism, ADHD, and other learning and mental health differences-many of whom are not employed today. Bernick and Dr. Vismara review the autism employment initiatives in recent years among major employers, state and local governments, autism-focused businesses, and autism transition programs, and present strategies to build on these initiatives. They set out more fully the meanings of "autism talent advantage," "autism friendly workplace," and "employment for the more severely impacted."
By Joe Biel and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN
Dr. Faith G. Harper joins autistic publisher and author Joe Biel to offer hard-won guidance on a wide range of topics about friendships, dating, and romance and answer a ton of questions. What do you want out of a relationship? What is the difference between flirting and harassment? How do you have a fun date and get to know someone when eye contact and prolonged conversation aren't your strengths? How do you change a casual acquaintance into friendship or dating? How do you express your needs and make sure you're hearing your partner when they express theirs? How do you maintain a healthy, happy long-term relationship? Autistic readers will find valuable answers and perspectives in this book, whether you're just getting ready to jump into dating, seeking to forge closer friendships, or looking to improve your existing partnership or marriage.
By Toni Boucher
Do you care about a teen or adult on the spectrum but have a hard time understanding why they do what they do? Do you wish you could have a better connection and feel the frustration of wanting to help but don't know how?
Then this book is for you.
It was created with the support of hundreds of autistic individuals and their families.
They share their wisdom and insight about growing up autistic so you can learn from their experiences.
This book reveals 5 little-known keys to help you build a better relationship with your autistic child, parent, partner or student. Learn to: 1- Eliminate harmful stereotypes from your thinking 2- Identify and harness autistic strengths 3- Understand what it feels like to be autistic 4- Communicate more effectively 5- Create an authentic & healthy bond.
By Kerry L. Brooks
In 2003, Kerry L. Brooks's son was diagnosed with autism, devastating his family. Their physician offered only two recommendations: prepare their son for a group home, and focus on having other children.
Kerry was no medical expert, but he was a determined father and his son's biggest advocate. Refusing to follow the doctor's orders, he and his wife continued to search-not for a cure, but for strategies that would help their son reach his highest potential.
In Autism 2 Awesome, Kerry shares these strategies and his family's journey from devastating diagnosis to high school honors graduation. No matter the challenge, every parent can benefit from looking within, trusting their instincts, and most importantly, celebrating every miracle.
By Judith Gompf
You will find tips on what to look for in your child, help with doctors and specialists, how to manage the day to day, what resources your child may need and how to get them. What agencies you may want to work with and how to get the resources. Help with the public school system, getting your child an Individual Education Plan (IEP), how to manage bad behaviors, meltdowns, schedules and finances.
By Newfoundland and Labrador Autism Society
Families, world experts, and persons on the autism spectrum share their experiences in this collection of stories. With a focus on the positive aspects of autism and the importance of community involvement and early intervention, Autism: The Gift That Needs to Be Opened is a resource whose aim is to improve the lives of parents, educators, and persons who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Awareness and advocacy for early diagnosis and treatment of autism have grown substantially over the past decade. According to Stephen W. Scherer, Ph.D., D.Sc., FRSC. There are new studies that show that every child who undergoes intensive behavioural intervention therapy improves in some way. In fact, I have heard rare stories of some children having full or near-full recoveries. The most important factor leading to positive outcomes, however, is to start such interventions early and, in the best-case scenario, even before the first signs of autism appear. These stories are inspirational and informative, while also serving as a reminder-indeed, as a rallying crythat individuals who have autism can, with the proper care and attention, lead full and productive lives and change the way we see the world.
By Greg Stucky
Have you heard about autism but don't know what it is? Does your child exhibit signs of autism, but you're not sure what to believe? Do you have a hard time around friends, coworkers or family that you suspect might be on the spectrum? This quick guide to autism is written with you in mind. After reading this book you'll not only understand how autistics think, but also how to engage with and succeed with them.
Resources for Teens
By Racquel Foran
This book explores autism and how people diagnosed with the disorder manage it. It examines how autism affects daily life, work, and education, and it explains the latest interventions and therapies available. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome
By J.D. Kraus
The teenage years are a time when being social is the #1 priority for kids. But for kids with Asperger's, who have acute social challenges, these years can be the most difficult, confusing time in their lives. Enter J. D. Kraus, a young man who has been there, done that! He offers practical advice to his peers so they can get the most out of middle school and high school, both academically and socially. Parents and teachers will love seeing life through J.D.'s eyes, plus "Notes to Parents" sections offer great advice for caregivers and educators alike.
The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others
By Irene McHenry & Carol Moog
This book offers a unique, strengths-based approach to help teens with autism spectrum (including Asperger's Syndrome) develop social skills, strengthen communication, and thrive. The activities contained in each chapter are custom-designed to work with the unique perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges that teens with autism bring to their encounters with the social world. This is the only book available for teens with autism that specifically integrates mindfulness skills and imaginative scripted roleplaying activities for building authentic social experiences.
Resources for Children
By Ben Blanchet
After seeing a superhero movie, Ben Blanchet, a thirteen-year-old boy who has autism, claims that maybe autism is his superpower. This book details a fascinating conversation between Ben and his mom. Ben describes the unique ways he hears, sees, and thinks about the world around him. His amazing narrative of his special gifts will also have you wondering if autism really is a superpower. The commentary throughout the book is by his mom, Angela Blanchet.
By Tyeisha Brown
This book is about a big-hearted dinosaur named K-Rex. He is a kind dinosaur with many friends who go on many adventures. He also happens to be on the autism spectrum. Come with us on a journey as K-Rex takes you into his daily life on the spectrum.
By Gabby Duran
Gabby knows how hard it is to be different from others in the school. Sometimes her own experiences were painful and lonely. She was told she was autistic, and she felt very alone. Gabby rode a special bus to school and went to classrooms where there were few students. Other kids on the playground didn't include her. Even most adults didn't understand her. She wanted friends so badly, and she wanted to be included in schoolyard games! But things got better for her and it will get better for you too!
By Azari Jones
This story is about a loving bond between a sister and a brother. A sister who tries to see the world through her brother's eyes. She doesn't see his disability; she just sees her little brother.
By Jessica Rusick
In this title, readers learn common symptoms and behaviors of autism and how it affects kids at school and in relationships. Text includes suggestions on how to be a kind and respectful friend to someone with autism and appropriate activities kids can enjoy together. A famous person who has overcome the challenges of autism is highlighted. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Resources for Educators, Health Professionals, and Therapists
By Christopher Barber
Autism and Asperger's Conditions covers a wide range of issues relating to the care and support of those with autism and Asperger's syndrome. This book aims to improve nurses' professional interactions with those with autism spectrum disorders through improved awareness, knowledge and understanding of what these conditions are and what they are not, possible causes, diagnostic issues, nursing interventions, the history of autism, and issues that affect children, adolescents and adults with these conditions and their families. A highly practical and accessible text, autism spectrum conditions are covered from a variety of perspectives, both within and outside of a learning disability setting.
Educating Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Teachers, Counselors, and Psychologists
By Erin E. Barton & Beth Harn
Educating Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is aimed at providing strategies for teachers, school counselors, and psychologists to help address the needs of children on the spectrum, as well as their families. Including forms, charts, and a range of classroom activities, this is a great resource you will need to gain the insight and tools for making a difference in the educational lives of young children with autism.
By Barbara Boronson
More students on the autism spectrum are taught in general education settings today than ever before, bringing an array of notable strengths and skills that add intriguing new dimensions to educational programs. But these students also present challenges that are broader, deeper, and more intractable than those of their typically developing peers. Because reaching and teaching students on the autism spectrum in an inclusive environment complicates the work of teachers, school and district administrators must be prepared to provide knowledgeable, mindful leadership.
Decoding Autism and Leading the Way to Successful Inclusion empowers school and district leaders to ensure that students on the spectrum are welcome, supported, understood, and set up for success. It's an essential resource for any education leader committed to achieving a differentiated, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all students in their care.
By Mitch Fryling, PhD
Written by leading experts in language and cognition, this groundbreaking behavior analysis textbook brings the study of verbal behavior into the 21st century with cutting-edge research. Students and clinicians in the burgeoning field of applied behavior analysis will find the theoretical foundation they need to effectively help the increasingly diverse clients seeking their services.
By Walter Kaweski
Award-winning educator Walter Kaweski offers secondary teachers practical strategies and heartfelt insights based on his extensive experience as an autism specialist, inclusion coordinator, and father of a son with Asperger syndrome. Teaching Adolescents with Autism offers hundreds of valuable ideas to help teachers. This unique book takes the mystery out of teaching adolescents with autism and inspires teachers to appreciate the individuality of each student.
By Michael McCreary (YA B McCr, Hoopla, Overdrive)
Like many others on the autism spectrum, stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told that he doesn't look autistic. As he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism looks different for everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
By Naoki Higashida (616.85882 Higa, CD 616.85882 Higa, Overdrive)
A journey into the mind of a remarkable thirteen-year-old boy with severe autism, this book offers insight into what it is like to have the disorder.
By Naoki Higashida (616.85882 Higa, Overdrive)
In this book, Naoki Higashida shares his thoughts and experiences as a 24-year old man with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, he explores education, identity, family, society and personal growth.
By Elana Arnold (J Arno, Hoopla, Overdrive)
For Bat, life tends to be full of surprises. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk which she needs to take care of. He has one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a terrific pet.
By Celeste Shally (E Shal)
The narrator of this children’s book describes his friendship with Matt, an autistic boy.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan (J Sloa, CD J Sloa, Hoopla, Overdrive)
Willow is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by sevens. Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world.
By John Donvan (616.85882 Donv)
Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism. In A Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those children who have it.
By Ann M. Martin (J Mart, PLAY J Mart, CD J Mart, Overdrive)
Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms. She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms. Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.
By Cynthia Lord (J Lord, CD J Lord, Overdrive)
Frustrated by life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence. Her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.
By Mark Haddon (YA Hadd, CD Fic Hadd, Hoopla, Overdrive)
Despite his overhwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
By Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete (E Peet)
A young girl describes what it is like to have a twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy.
By Temple Grandin (B Gran)
Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. Grandin charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words.
By Helen Hoang (Q Hoan, Fic Hoan, Hoopla, Overdrive)
Stella has less dating experience than most thirty-year-olds because she has Asperger's. She decides to hire a professional escort to practice being in love.