Top 30 Autism Spectrum Blogs
The last 20 years have witnessed an exponential spike in autism numbers. Sixteen years ago, one in 2,000 children was diagnosed with autism in the U.S. The ratio is now one in 88, according to a recent study by the CDC, and the instances keep increasing. To date, the lion's share of resources for autism spectrum disorder have gone toward finding a "cure"- or, at the very least, a definitive cause. Whatever the cause may be, the fact remains that there are more autistic children now than there have ever been before - and two decades from now, there will be more autistic adults than ever before. With respect to ASDs, we are in uncharted waters. And that's what makes the autism blogs so important. Because of the insight, humor, knowledge, compassion, and above all, courage of the writers on these 30 fine sites - a blend of parents of ASD children, parents of ASD teens and adults, and bloggers who are themselves on the spectrum - parents of children on the spectrum can find comfort in the fact that, no matter how daunting the challenges of parenthood might be, we are not alone. With so many incredible blogs out there, it was extremely difficult for our panel to narrow down the list to 30. If we missed one of your favorites, please nominate it here and you may see it on next year's winners list! - Greg Olear
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Hartley’s Life with 3 Boys’s Rankings
When Hartley Steiner’s son Gabriel was four, he was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD). At the time, he was having regular meltdowns, and Steiner, who has two other sons – at the time they were two years and three months old – was exhausted to the point of melting down herself. She called a woman she met in an occupational therapist’s office a few weeks before, a woman who had an older son with SPD, and wound up talking to her for an hour. An enormous weight was lifted. “I believed that if she had survived this journey of SPD that somehow, some way, I would too,” she writes. Gabriel is now 10, and Steiner’s blog operates as a virtual phone call from a mother who has been there and done that, comforting many readers. Among parenting spectrum kids, writing two books, founding and managing the SPD Blogger Network for those with Sensory Processing Disorder, and lending her pen to a panoply of other websites, notably S.I. Focus Magazine and Autism Spectrum Quarterly, Hartley Steiner keeps busy. Luckily for us, she still somehow has the energy to maintain her personal blog.