Resources and Guides

FRIEND®Program (5 to 18 years)

The FRIEND Program (Fostering Relationships in Early Network Development) is an inclusive curriculum designed to improve social skills for school-aged students with ASD or other social challenges. Children will learn how to engage appropriately with their peers through structure and support in a natural environment during the school day. For more information, contact training@autismcenter.org.

ThinkAsperger's®

ThinkAsperger's is an outreach program that provides resources to educators and professionals to “Think Asperger’s” when they see subtle social challenges in young children who seem to be developing normally. To view a recorded version of "Identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-Age Children: Keeping Asperger’s from Slipping Through the Cracks," click here »

Pediatricians and Physicians

Pediatricians are on the front lines when it comes to identifying children with autism spectrum disorder including milder forms such as Asperger's. We hope you will join us to do a better job of detecting the "grey area" kids who have enough skills to get by early detection methods, but have social challenges that emerge in elementary or middle school. If you are a pediatrician and would like to learn more about ThinkAsperger's, download the ThinkAsperger's Toolkit or contact SARRC's VP and Research Director, Christopher J. Smith here »

Dental Care Guide for Individuals with Autism

Oral health care is the most prevalent unmet health care need among children with and without special needs. Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation enabled SARRC to develop Dental Information Guides and Trainings for families of individuals with autism, autism service providers, and dental professionals to expand oral healthcare for those on the spectrum in dental offices and at home. View our dental resource guide »   

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times Packet

Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules created an easy-to-follow toolkit that includes 7 support strategies designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during this period of uncertainty. You will find ready-made resources are included in the free packet to help families implement strategies quickly and easily. These materials purposely represent a variety of styles/designs/complexity to model the range of what may be most meaningful across ages and skills and to demonstrate what can be generated with few materials by busy caregivers. View the packet »