Island County Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Resources
Family Support & Social Groups (local)
Island County Parent to Parent (360) 632-7539
Call/Text Coordinator Tiffany Wheeler-Thompson
Support, Resources, Information & Family Networking Opportunities for Island County Families. Parent to Parent offers, monthly newsletters, educational workshops, social/recreational gatherings, support groups and local and regional resources. To be on the email list, email Tiffany at
Whidbey Functioning Autism Social Group (360) 221-7785
Meets monthly—Contact email@example.com. They offer social events and gatherings for families with teens through adulthood on the spectrum.
Coffee & Conversations (360) 632-7539 call/text
Casual drop in group to discuss the ups and downs, myths and resources of parenting a child with special needs, no RSVP needed. You’ll meet others that “get it”. Not ASD specific but conversations are usually geared towards behaviors, school, advice on raising kiddos with extra challenges, etc.
Autism Research, Support & Advocacy (off island)
Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center
Seattle Children's Autism Center provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for autism spectrum disorders. We offer a range of medical and mental health services for babies, children and young adults. https://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics/autism-center/patient-family-resources/
University of Washington Autism Center Seattle
Evaluation, treatment, training and research
Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy
Our mission is to ensure that all children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) & other developmental disabilities (DD’s) have every opportunity to thrive and become productive members of society. We do this by helping families’ access ASD & DD health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and supportive community-based services, regardless of their personal financial situation.
Washington State Department of Health Autism Guidebook: Is very large and cumbersome but has some great ideas.
Autism Response Team (ART): 1-888-AUTISM2 (1-888-288-4762)
The Autism Response Team (ART) is an information line for the autism community. Our team members are specially trained to provide personalized information and resources to people with autism and their families. Part of Autism Speaks.
100 Day Kit for Young Children: Knowledge is power, particularly in the days after an autism diagnosis. The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit helps families of children ages four and under make the best possible use of the 100 days following the diagnosis. This kit will help you learn more about autism and how to access the services that your child needs. It contains information and advice collected from trusted experts on autism and parents like you.
The 100 Day Kit is divided into the following sections: About Autism, Diagnosis, Causes and Symptoms, You, Your Family and Autism, Getting Your Child Services, How is Autism Treated? Making It Happen, A Week by Week Plan for the Next 100 Days, Useful Forms, Glossary and Resources
Families whose children have been diagnosed in the last 6 months may request a complimentary hard copy of the 100 Day Kit by calling 888-AUTISM2 (888-288-4762) and speaking with a member of our Autism Response Team. *Note: We are unable to ship kits internationally.
Through a generous partnership with FedEx, after calling an Autism Response Team coordinator and providing them with your information, you can pick up a complimentary printed copy of the 100 Day Kit at a FedEx Office location near you! Purchase A 100 Day Kit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/tool-kit/100-day-kit-youngchildren
Autism Society www.autismsociety.org
The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and our on-line resource database, Autism Source, and National Contact Center (800-3-AUTISM) provide information and service referrals to thousands of people each year.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
Aptitude Habilitation Center, Oak Harbor
Serves Coupeville to Oak Harbor.
Leaps and Beyond, Inc., Oak Harbor
Serves Whidbey Island.
Organization for Research and Learning, Langley
Serves South Whidbey.
Blue Water Behavioral Consulting, Anacortes
Serves Coupeville to Anacortes. Accepts most insurance.
Autism Learning Solutions (Tricare Only)
South Whidbey Speech and Language Therapy
Health Care Authority
The Health Care Authority has an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy benefit for Apple Health Kids clients with a diagnosis in the Autism Spectrum Disorder classification. Contact the Health Care Authority to start or learn about the coverage process.
**As of January 2021, there are waitlists for some ABA services, depending on insurance. Medicaid providers are limited. Leaps and Bounds Intensive Day Treatment for pre-school and Positive Behavior Supports for Medicaid families. Call ASAP to all providers to put your name on all waitlists, have insurance info ready. To be put on the waitlist for Blue Water, you must add your name to their website. They will not add you if you call, website additions only.
IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan
Ages Birth to 3 years old
No Referrals Needed!
The IFSP is a written treatment plan for Early Intervention (EI). It details your child’s current levels of functioning, specific needs and goals for treatment (referred to as outcomes). The first step in writing the IFSP will be for the members of your child’s team to conduct various types of assessments to identify your child’s individual strengths and needs. The IFSP will include information about your child’s current level of development in the following areas: Physical development, Cognitive development, Communication development, Social & emotional development, Adaptive development, Fine and gross motor skills, Vision, Hearing, etc. The IFSP is developed with input from the child’s entire family, and it includes features that are designed to support the entire family. Whidbey Island: Toddler Learning Center (360) 679-1039
IEP: Individualized Education Program
Ages 3 to 21 years old
Approximately 143,000 eligible students in Washington State receive special education and related services. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) fulfills the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures all children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education. Check our section on Child Find to find your local school district contact information. https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/special-education
County, State, & Federal Support
Social Security Administration (SSA)
Determines eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as well as other federal benefit programs for seniors and person with disabilities.
Developmental Disabilities Administration
(DDA) Home and community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, including Medicaid Personal Care, Employment, Supported Living, Therapies and Respite
Region 2 (Island County)
Intake & Eligibility
Island County Developmental Disabilities