(CBS News) When it comes to living with a child who has autism, educational experts, pediatricians and scientists all have their advice for parents. But who better to bounce ideas off of than other parents of children on the autism spectrum?
MyAutismTeam is a social network for parents of children with autism that has more than 20,000 members. Described as a "Facebook-Meets Yelp- network," the site utilizes local reviews of doctors and services and connects members to fellow parents they can ask for advice. MyAutismTeam also connects parents with 30,000 providers, from babysitters to dentists to Taekwondo instructors, who all have experience working with children with autism.
"Parents of kids with autism constantly worry whether they are doing enough, or are doing the right things to help their children thrive," Eric Peacock, CEO and founder of MyAutismTeam, said. "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."
Children with autism, much like most children, gravitate to toys and activities for their entertainment, and parents have noticed their kids prefer certain games more than others. To find out the top gift and toy ideas for children with autism, MyAutismTeam recently surveyed 1000 of its members. For World Autism Awareness Month, here's what the community voted as their top 10 gifts: