We started Stages Autism Resource & Community in 2014 as a response to regular questions we were receiving from parents and educators. We always did our best to help them, but in some areas, it was hard to find helpful answers. The question which finally pushed us over the threshold was this:
“My mother in law recently passed away. My daughter has autism. She adored her grandmother, and I don’t know how to explain to her why Grandma isn’t coming back. Do you have any advice?”
We aren’t experts in grief counseling, so we had no idea how to respond… but we had to try to help. At the time we had a handful of talented students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) working with us as interns, so we tasked one of them to do a little research and see if we could come up with an appropriate response, and perhaps some resources.
The answer turned out to be so well thought out and written, we realized it was valuable information which may be helpful to others who may be seeking similar information… and Stages Autism Resource & Community was born. We quickly started a list of all of the questions we could remember fielding, and set out to have an HGSE student research each one. Over the years we have used this method to grow our resource page to offer over 250 articles. All of our content is original, and is researched and written by experts in the field, many of whom are current or past Harvard graduate students.
Building our offering of free information, lesson plans, and teaching tools is a core component of our dedication to supporting families and educators so they can help every child learn and thrive regardless of their developmental, economic or geographic circumstances.
To see the article which started it all, click here.
If you have any questions related to support and education for children with autism, their families or their educators, please let us know. We will do everything we can to find answers and add them to our available resources.