Early Signs and Milestones

Montana Resources and Information

Services and Support

The Montana Medical Home Portal provides a listing of services, information resources and related information for families, providers and others. It is focused on children with special health care needs.

Child Development Center Their team of Family Support Specialists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Technicians partners with families across western Montana to provide home, community and center-based treatment and support.

Montana Center for ABA PDF brochure.

The Head Start child-focused programs serve children 3 to 5 years of age, and their families with the goal of increasing school readiness of children from low-income families.

Health Insurance and Medicaid Coverage

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has provided updated information on its various Medicaid waiver programs. See: http://dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/developmentaldisabilities/DDPmedicaidwaivers

Health Insurance and Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services: A Guide for Individuals and Families

Advocacy and Disability/Family Rights

Montana Empowerment Center, Inc. is Montana’s parent training and information center for families who have children receiving special education services. This site contains information resources and notices of training opportunities.

Disability Rights Montana is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for the human, legal and civil rights of Montanans with disabilities.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides family-focused information to help families “learn the signs and act early” in promoting their children’s development.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) website at the Centers for Disease Control provides information, materials and connections for families and providers.

Free CDC Resources
Download free resources for families, healthcare professionals, and early childhood care and education providers.

CDC Video: “Baby Steps: Learn the Signs. Act Early”

National Organizations

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism – The Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services, family support grants, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.

ASAN Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for Autistic self-advocates. Also, provide information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.

Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Shodair Children’s Hospital Medical Genetics Services

Accommodation Resources: Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger Syndrome – University of Washington DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center

Operation Autism for Military Families – A web-based resource specifically designed and created to support military families that have children with autism. It is the shared product of the vision and energy of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and the funding support of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.

Other Resources

Autism Behind the Wheel: Teaching Teens and Young Adults with ASD to Drive (https://sellmax.com/driving-with-autism/)

AAP News & Journals Gateway – Sleep Problems in 2- to 5-Year-Olds with Autism and Other Developmental Delays
Pediatrics has published a new article, Sleep Problems in 2- to 5-Year-Olds with Autism and Other Developmental Delays. In this publication, researchers assessed sleep problems, such as difficulties going to sleep or staying asleep through the night, in preschool-aged children with ASD, compared to children with other developmental disabilities and children in the general population. Sleep problems were measured using the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire, a parent-completed questionnaire that uses eight indicators of sleep quality. SEED’s large sample and detailed data on preschoolers allowed researchers to conduct a more in-depth analysis on this topic than in previous studies.

Sleep Guide For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (happysleepyhead.com)

People with autism spectrum disorder can develop substance use issues as a form of self-medication or due to other predisposing factors. Treatment for substance misuse in people with ASD may require an integrated approach to be most effective.

Understood – the learning and attention issues

For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

A guide to potty training a child with autism using applied behavioral analysis. (http://pottygenius.com/potty-training-a-child-with-autism-using-aba/)

Tutoring for Students with Learning Disabilities – Reviews.com website

Huffington Post – I know what causes autism

Home Advice Guide – Creating the optimal environment with a child with ADHD

Amazing Me-It’s Busy Being 3!  Parents, this book for children ages 2-4 will show you what to look for as your child grows and develops.

iTunes Preview – Amazing Me-It’s Busy Being 3!

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents – A nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism.

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping – RetailMeNot.com blog post

Moving with Special Needs Kids – Article on YourStorageFinder.com website.

Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism – Article on the JustGreatLawyers.com website

Autism Parenting Magazine (paid resource) A magazine designed to help parents with Autistic children.