By ABAPG Staff
The world of autism, including autism research and autism education, are ever evolving, making the blog the perfect forum to keep up with all that’s new and effective.
While there are hundreds of excellent autism-related blogs on the internet, we’re sure we’ve found 30 of the very best. Each blog on our list was chosen based on a list of factors including: the reputation(s) of the person(s) or organization(s) managing the blog, consistency and quality of posts, and the blog’s website metrics. The latter includes number of monthly hits, the numbers of Facebook and Twitter followers, and the number of websites that link to that blog.
So whether you prefer to subscribe, bookmark, or just immerse, we’ve got your list of the 30 best autism blogs for 2019.
With an average 11 new posts per week, Age of Autism is a great blog to bookmark and refer to often. The blog keeps its readers up-to-date on autism news. It analyzes environmental causes of autism and current treatment options from the perspective that autism is, in fact, treatable. Recent blog posts include, “A Modest Proposal for the Public Official Vaccine Compliance Act” and “The Neurodiversity Movement Should Acknowledge Autism as a Medical Disability.”
The Art of Autism is an inspiring blog written which seeks to inspire people with autism through the arts. About three new posts are added weekly. Each is written from the unique perspective of a physician, therapist, or parent. The blog entries are always topical and informative. They also include lots of information about new art exhibits, neurodiversity panels, and entertainment events.
Former special education teacher Melissa Finch runs the popular blog “Autism Adventures.” The blog is a valuable resource for parents and teachers of children on the autism spectrum. Blog posts range from everyday tips (“motivating kids with zero motivation”) to curriculum ideas to use in the classroom and at home.
With nearly 11,000 Facebook fans and 15,000 Twitter followers, The Autism Dad is the internet’s most popular autism-related blog that isn’t affiliated with a large organization. The blog is managed by a father of three autistic children who has made it his mission to “educate and help families like mine realize they aren’t alone.” On average, more than 30 new posts are added to the blog each week, on topics ranging from updates on his family to autism management tips and ideas.
The father of a teenage son with non-verbal autism is the manager of Autism Daddy, a blog followed by more than 150,000 people on social media. Not to be confused with The Autism Dad blog, Autism Daddy keeps its readers up-to-date on all that transpires in the author’s life: “the good & the bad, the pee & the poop.” New posts are published about once a month and are written on topics ranging from speech language pathology, to marriage, to tips for new autism parents.
Autism Eye is the official blog of the quarterly magazine of the same name. Both the blog and magazine are written by award-winning journalists who also happen to be the parents of an autistic child. About two new articles hit the blog each week, and recent topics have included new drugs that boost brain connections, the need for better sex education, and respite centers.
While most autism-themed blogs are written by those with autism, or by parents of those with autism, The Autism Helper is written by Sasha Long, a behavior analyst and special education teacher. This unique perspective makes it an invaluable resource, and the blog posts often include things like:
- educational tools and worksheets
- answers to parents’ commonly asked questions
- tips for working around different behavioral issues.
Most parents of children on the Autism Spectrum are familiar with Autism Parenting Magazine. This magazine has a blog on which it posts its archived, previously published articles. Everything posted focuses on issues affecting those with autism, and topics are varied.
This autism-focused blog at Stages Learning posts about once per week, and has tons of great information for persons interested in the subject. Posts are often written by therapists and educators, and common topics include:
- lesson plans
- general support
- information on various treatment options
The Autism Site Blog has become an invaluable resource for thousands of families coping with the challenges of autism. In fact, to form a community and provide assistance is exactly how this blog got started. Today, new posts appear daily and the blog enjoys more than 200,000 Facebook followers.
The Autism Society Blog is the country’s foremost grassroots autism organization, so you can be sure its official blog is chock-full of inspiring stories and useful information. Indeed, each of the twice-monthly blog posts are meant to increase the public awareness of common issues faced by those on the autism spectrum. Therefore, common post topics include, among other subjects:
- advocation of new services
- latest treatment information
- summaries of new research.
Autism Speaks is perhaps the most recognizable autism organization in the world, so its official blog was an easy addition to our list of the best autism blogs 2018. The blog is the perfect resource in which to immerse yourself, as topics covered include, among other things:
- tips for practicing social skills
- answers to commonly asked questions
- analysis on the latest research.
For an honest look at a mother’s experiences with her autistic son, there may be no better blog than Autism With a Side of Fries. Eileen, the blog’s author, uses humor and passion to tell stories of her daily challenges and triumphs. She reminds her readers that when it comes to autism, “It’s better to laugh than to cry.”
Autistic Mama is a blog and valuable resource for parents, teachers, and other caregivers of children on the autism spectrum. Posts cover a variety of topics, including, among other things:
- what it’s like to be autistic
Recent blog posts include:
- “What Exactly is Stimming and Why do Autistics Stim?”
- “Outsourcing Math with Teaching Textbooks 3.0”
- “Neurodiversity Doesn’t Exclude Your Autistic Child But You Might.”
Best Practice Autism is the informative blog of Dr. Lee A. Wilkinson, physician and author of A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools. Though more clinical than most other blogs on our list, Best Practice Autism is chock-full of valuable tips and information about autism assessment and education. Dr. Wilkinson posts about three posts per month.Recent topics have included:
- “Alternative Therapies for Autism: Are They Effective”
- “Affective and Cognitive Empathy in Autism.”
This inspiring blog started out being written by the parent of Philip, an autistic child who remained nonverbal for the vast majority of his life. More recently, Philip has begun writing his own heartfelt posts. The blog follows Philip’s journey from silence, to communicating via letter board, to his current state of communication. The blog’s authors also write about staying faithful to God during the most difficult challenges.
Kate is a mother of three boys, one of whom has severe, non-verbal autism. This tough mama began her blog, Finding Cooper’s Voice, as a way to document her feelings. But over the years, the blog has turned into a supportive community of parents and caregivers from all over the world. Kate’s posts provide an honest glimpse into the daily life of raising a child on the autism spectrum.
Flappiness Is… is the delightful and informative blog of a mother of a young child on the autism spectrum. New posts appear monthly on topics such as raising a child with autism, the latest autism industry news, and reviews of autism-themed books, apps, and other resources.
For parents of children with autism, sometimes it’s nice to hear from other parents. That’s the goal of Jessica’s blog, Four Plus an Angel. Through inspiring blog posts, Jessica shares daily experiences about her family and reveals the ways in which autism no longer defines either her daughter or their family.
Go Team Kate is a social media favorite and one of the best autism blogs on the internet. More than 15,000 people tune in for weekly posts following a little girl named Kate’s autism diagnosis and her family’s challenges and victories.
Those interested in Applied Behavior Analysis should be sure to check out I Love ABA. This popular blog is chock full of:
- free resources
- lesson plans
- an ABA glossary
- autism “red flags”
- everyday tips
Tameika, the blog’s founder and main contributor, strives to keep this valuable resource “non-intimidating and simple to grasp” for anyone who is interested.
The Journey Through Autism
The Journey Through Autism is the personal blog of Ethan, a teenager who was diagnosed at age two with high-functioning autism. Ethan documents the ways in which he is continuing to reach his goals, despite his ASD. He also posts inspiring and thought-provoking ideas for the ways in which educators, doctors, and other caregivers can improve their interaction with those with autism. A number of experts also contribute regularly to The Journey Through Autism.
Just a Lil Blog is a must-read for those readers who are looking for a humorous perspective on what is often a very serious subject. In fact, Just a Lil Blog can be downright hilarious. Written by Jim Walter, a single father of two daughters, one of whom is autistic, Just a Lil Blog documents Jim’s unique and challenging experiences with honesty, humor, and lots of love.
Look Me in the Eye is a unique blog for a number of reasons. First, while most blogs deal with the autism experiences of young children and their parents, this blog is written by John Elder Robison, an author in his 60s who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Most autism-themed blogs either recount challenging experiences or present educational material. Robison’s blog doubles as a literary serial of his life with Asperger’s and an educational blog with his thoughts on the evolution of the autism spectrum over the decades.
The Mom Kind is a website chock full of resources for parenting neurodiverse children. The site’s creator, Alicia, is an autism and parenting coach, and uses the website’s blog to share her parenting expertise. Two of Alicia’s children are on the spectrum, and therefore there is a special emphasis on families with multiple children with ASD.
Raising Autistic Kids
Founded by Kate M., a San Diego-based mother of an autistic son, Raising Autistic Kids is “a community of moms and experts.” Kate writes many of the blog posts, and says that even though she’s been a parent for many years now, she is still a rookie “because with ASD children, the milestones don’t apply.” Other blog posts are written by volunteer guest bloggers who tend to be other parents or experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Seattle Children’s Autism Center is one of the foremost of its kind in the country, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its official blog is one of the best of its kind. The blog features all kinds of helpful information for parents of children with autism, including encouraging stories, how-to’s, tips for keeping one’s patience and sanity, and even a blogcast.
There are dozens of excellent blogs written by parents of children with autism. There are far fewer blogs written by autistic parents of autistic children. But Stimeyland is one of those rare blogs. Stimey’s experiences as an autistic parent herself provide readers with a unique perspective on common challenges, major triumphs in life, and recently, her daughter’s coming out as transgender.
Squidalicious is the popular autism blog of Shannon Rosa, a self-proclaimed geek and mother of the teenage Leo, who has autism. Shannon’s blog is often humorous in tone, even as she writes about the challenges she and Leo face, new information (and misinformation) in the world of autism, and even politics.
For those who wish to immerse themselves in an informative blog with evidence-based articles on autism, look no further than Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. The blog posts approximately four in-depth articles per month, each of which is written by an autism parent or autism professional.