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The ASERT Resource Center serves as Pennsylvania’s leading source for up-to-date and accurate information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, the community and the professionals who support them. Contact the ASERT resource center to speak with a resource specialist who can help you learn how to discover and access resources in Pennsylvania. The resource center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

When should I contact the Resource Center?

If you have additional questions about information you found on PAautism.org or would like to invite an outreach specialist to attend an event, conference, or support group, someone at the resource center can assist you.

Be sure to visit the following pages below here on PAautism.org to find helpful information. If you still have additional questions, contact the Resource Center.

By phone
M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm EST
1-877-231-4244

Are you located outside of Pennsylvania?
The ASERT resource center is focused on specific resources in Pennsylvania. If you are in another state, the resources specialists will not be able to help you. Please visit the resources section of PAautism.org, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.

           

6 Things I Have Learned Loving a Child with Autism

 Guest Post by Kate Hooven.

1. Never say “never” and never believe “never”. My son loves proving that “never’ should never be in his vocabulary or mine.

2. My son has empathy, he feels the emotions of others. In fact, I believe he feels more than most neurotypical people, but, how he shows his emotions may look different. “Different” does not mean absent.

3. No, he will not “eat when he is hungry”. My son has a very specific and limited diet as a result of his sensory sensitivities and his need for routine. It doesn’t matter how good grandma’s famous mac and cheese is, it’s not going to change his needs so I don’t plan to test this theory.

4. His time, his way. All the time I spent agonizing over his delays or not doing what all the other kids were doing was so pointless. He always gets it in his time, in his way.

5. My child is not broken, he does not need to be fixed. He needs to be accepted and understood and loved. And believe me, he is.

6. Autism is a journey and if you spend too much time watching others traveling a different road, you will miss many wondrous moments on the road before you.  

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