Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities today, affecting as many as 1 in every 110 children in the United States. To tackle this disease in a better way and also to make it easier for parents of children with autism to deal with their children’s problems, MyHealthTeams has introduced MyAutismTeam, a social network for parents of children on the autism spectrum.
According to the company, this newly built network is a Facebook-meets-Yelp style website specially built for parents to share recommendations of local providers, openly discuss issues, share tips, and gain access to local services that they may not have otherwise discovered on their own.
"Parents of kids with autism constantly worry whether they are doing enough, or are doing the right things to help their children thrive," explains Eric Peacock, CEO and founder of MyAutismTeam. "The one thing we've learned from parents is that it can take years to build the right team to help your child. We focus on making it easy for parents to learn from others who have been in their shoes, so they don't have to start from scratch when looking for providers that are highly recommended."
This website allows parents to create their own "team" by sharing providers who help them care for their child. The team includes more than just autism doctors and specialists –they include restaurants, schools, piano teachers, babysitters and more.
Furthermore, through this platform parents can communicate and post status updates, generating conversation threads around daily activities like dentist or doctor's visits, and not-so-routine activities like swimming or taekwondo classes. Members can also post on each other's walls and use the site's searchable database to find autism-friendly providers near them. For each provider or business on a team, the site lists contact information, and recommendations to make selecting a provider easy and quick.
The site has already gained popularity with over 12,500 members who are currently seeking some type of support. MyAutismTeam has also initiated an ongoing partnership with the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks. Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jamie Epstein