Autism Awareness Month


The month of April is national Autism Awareness month. Earlier this month, we put together a collection of resources and discussions to help raise awareness and provide further education to those interested. Below are the different topics we discussed online.

To join the conversation please leave a comment below or connect with us on Social Media. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and we have a LinkedIn group.


What is Autism?

Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning it can range from very mild to very severe. The Autism spectrum is complex to the point that two individuals could both be on the high end of the spectrum but have completely different struggles, signs of Autism, and needs for treatment. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) doesn’t discriminate, it can occur in all ethnic, age and socioeconomic groups, although it is more prevalent in males. The National Autism Association has a great article covering the “Signs of Autism,” along with general and developmental screening information that can be found here.


Understanding Autism

In order to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by those with ASD, we need to dig a litter deeper to identify potential signs.

Individuals with autism often experience social impairments and communication difficulties along with repetitive characteristic behavior.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains some of the common signs of ASD and gives examples of how individuals with ASD might find social interactions difficult as well as examples of repetitive and characteristic behaviors. Access the ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet’ here!

Autism & Caregiving

Parents have unique experiences and challenges that they face as caregivers to individuals with ASD. Learn how you can gain a new perspective by stepping into the shoes of a caregiver to someone with autism.

David Royko wrote a piece for Parents Magazine entitled “What It’s Really Like to Raise a Child with Autism.” There are many ‘eye-openers,’ within his post that might help those who are not the primary caregiver to an individual with autism, better understand some of the experiences parents face.


 Financial Planning

The financial challenges of ASD can be just as overwhelming as the emotional challenges. As the caregiver to an individual with ASD, it is important to plan-ahead. The Autism Support Network put together a financial game plan that you can incorporate, along with a trusted financial advisor, to ensure that you child is taken care of financially.


Myths & Misconceptions

Despite an increasing understanding of ASD, misinformation abounds. Here’s how you can help  in dispelling common misconceptions.

You can test your knowledge with our Myth vs Fact worksheet below!



For more information on any of the above topics, please check out our handouts created to provide additional or condensed information.

What is Autism?

Understanding Autism

Caregiving & Autism

Financial Planning

Myth vs Fact


 This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 21, 2017.

The Caregiver in the Room – Upcoming Webinar!

Please join us Wednesday April 26 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with Families.’

In this training session, we will examine interpersonal communication skills and strategies for providers collaborating with family caregivers. Additionally, we will examine the core challenge of how to respect the autonomy of the client while also communicating with his or her family caregiver. Specific topics that will be addressed include protecting face, offering support, and providing comfort.

Our presenter for this training is Dr. Leanne Knobloch, Professor and Director of Graduate Study in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois.

Continuing Education Credit Available!

The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 continuing education credit from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well.

Interested in Joining the Webinar?

To join this event, simply click on “The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with Families.” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.

If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.


 This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 14, 2017.