5 Ways to Advocate for Your Child's IEP https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/advocate-childs-iep/

5 Ways to Advocate for Your Child’s IEP

Many look for any kind of IEP support for parents, and rightfully so. As a school-based occupational therapist (OT), I found the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process overwhelming at first – and I worked there! For parents, it’s a big challenge that might seem overwhelming and difficult.  Yet, in my years as an OT and

The IEP Process: 5 Tips for Success

The IEP Process: 5 Tips for Success

Collaboration between school representatives and parents is the foremost approach to accurate educational planning for children with special needs. This process rests primarily on the principle that parental participation is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). All parents can and should contribute meaningfully to their child’s education; as such involvement is integral

Ways You Can Use the IEP to Create the Best Emergency Plan https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/creating-the-best-emergency-plan/

Ways You Can Use the IEP to Create the Best Emergency Plan

It’s a sad fact that school shootings have become quite common. 2018 is already on track to be a deadlier year than 2017. Last year 25 students or teachers were killed in school shootings. So far, in 2018, there has been a 63% increase in deaths from school shootings. As a result, most schools now

Parent Rights and IEP Placement Options You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/iep-placement-you-need-to-know/

Parent Rights and IEP Placement Options You Need to Know

Knowing and understanding your procedural safeguards (parental rights) is very important when seeking the appropriate special education services for your child. Since the majority of students with disabilities receive special education services in the general education setting, being aware of laws and regulations with inclusion will point you in the right direction. Federal law does

If You Want More for Your Child - Fight for a Strong IEP https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/fight-for-a-strong-iep/

If You Want More for Your Child – Fight for a Strong IEP

As a former Special Education teacher and a mother to two boys on the Autism Spectrum, the best thing you can do for your child with autism is to be their voice. The path to a successful life for your child depends greatly on you, their parent. I understand completely how everything that comes with

Q&A Section – Does bullying belong in an IEP?

This is the question of the month as featured in Issue Number 10 Question: Can bullying being put into an IEP? Answer: In the USA and the UK bullying can be addressed in the IEP (Individualized Education Program).  In the USA, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires public schools to provide FAPE (Free Appropriate

Issue 165 — Nurturing the Caregiver Within

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Issue 164 — Autism Acceptance and Awareness

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4 Ways to Help Your Autistic Teen Prepare for High School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-prepare-for-high-school/

4 Ways to Help Your Autistic Teen Prepare for High School

Preparing for high school can be daunting for any teen, but for teens with autism, it can feel especially overwhelming. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your teen succeed in this new environment. High school is a time when teens are expected to start taking on more responsibility for

Tips for Dealing With an Autistic Child Disrupting Class https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-child-disrupting-class/

Tips for Dealing With an Autistic Child Disrupting Class

What should you do if an autistic child is disrupting class? Like all children, those with autism may act out due to frustration, anxiety, or unmet needs. However, the intensity and frequency of disruptive behaviors can be more pronounced in autistic children who struggle with emotional regulation and communication. Common disruptive behaviors in autistic children

5 Tips for Moving With a Child on the Autism Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/moving-with-child-autism-spectrum/

5 Tips for Moving With a Child on the Autism Spectrum

Moving can be one of the most stressful events in life. Moving with a child on the autism spectrum is especially complicated and can be an emotional rollercoaster.  We are a military family, so moving is just part of our lives. Transitions, however, are still tough. Whether you have just moved or are planning an

Three Tips for Homeschooling Nonverbal Students https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/homeschooling-nonverbal-students/

Three Tips for Homeschooling Nonverbal Students

As the mom of a nonverbal, autistic nine-year-old and a mentor to homeschooling families, I’ve noticed a common bond. We all share a similar story. After a couple of failed IEP meetings, families often decide to try homeschooling. They’re terrified to begin, so they start looking for some tips for homeschooling nonverbal students. Thankfully, parents

Nonverbal Autism: A Definitive Guide https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/nonverbal-autism-guide/

Nonverbal Autism: A Definitive Guide

For some autistic children, nonverbal communication is a key factor in their specific diagnosis. However, nonverbal autism can present different challenges. Understanding the uniqueness of autism can be a crucial component for the individuals, their families, and the professionals they work with. Different programs, support, and services can help the child with language development if

How Do You Choose An Autism Specialist? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-to-choose-autism-specialist/

How Do You Choose An Autism Specialist?

As the autism diagnosis rates continue to rise, awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the need for an autism specialist also increase. An autism specialist is trained to provide the support needed to a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and could work with the child in a school setting, therapy sessions, or other

How Important is Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/early-intervention-autism/

How Important is Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Your child has been showing signs of autism, yet there’s a part of you that thinks it’s too early to intervene. You’ve read about various management strategies, but how important is early intervention in autism? Early intervention services for autistic children have been shown to have a lasting impact on their development. Although there can

What Are The Top Questions About Autism Spectrum Disorders? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/questions-about-autism/

What Are The Top Questions About Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Getting a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can seem daunting to many parents and families. What does this mean? What are the symptoms? And what therapies are available?  We have done some research and digging and got some answers to central questions. This article is not an exhaustive list and will not answer all

Issue 151 — Building A Support Network

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What Do You Mean I’m Not Communicating?

What Do You Mean I’m Not Communicating?

A reminder that there is so much more to communication than speech—your child may be speaking to you in his/her own unique way. For over 35 years, I’ve engaged with children on the autism spectrum, children who were labeled nonverbal. As a speech and language therapist, I am here to tell you, they all communicated

Safe Schools for Those with Severe Autism Post-Pandemic

Safe Schools for Those with Severe Autism Post-Pandemic

As students prepare to go back to school following the summer, the question is: how can we ensure they feel safe post-pandemic? Some are saying: “What could schools look like for those with severe autism, post-pandemic?” Those students who are unable to wear a mask, stay a reasonable distance from another, follow directions without physical

Accommodations for Autistic Students: All You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/helpful-autism-accommodation/

Accommodations for Autistic Students: All You Need to Know

Parents can spend hours looking for autism accommodations that can make learning a little easier for their children on the spectrum. Autistic students may have trouble with learning due to sensory processing issues and unique challenges specific to each child, making the learning journey more difficult for them. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Autism and Learning Difficulties: Is There a Link? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/learning-difficulties-autistic-students-face/

Autism and Learning Difficulties: Is There a Link?

When it comes to educating children with autism and learning difficulties, the question arises whether they are one and the same. The reason for wondering this is because there seem to be challenges that an autistic child experiences in an educational setting that can look like another learning disability. So, is there a connection between

Is There a Link Between Autism and Cancer? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/link-between-autism-cancer/

Is There a Link Between Autism and Cancer?

As the number of individuals diagnosed with autism over the years has increased, there has been light shown on links between multiple diagnoses for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one link being between autism and cancer. At the surface, it would seem that these two diagnoses would be unrelated. Autism symptoms can be comorbid

Managing difficult behavior in autism: All You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/managing-difficult-behavior/

Managing Difficult Behavior in Autism: All You Need to Know

Dealing with autism behavior problems can be an immense task, often leaving families feeling overwhelmed. Instances where a child expresses intense emotions, such as screaming or physical aggression, can be particularly distressing for everyone involved. Unfortunately, these situations are not uncommon. Understanding the underlying reasons for these behaviors and learning how to manage them can

Complications Among People With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-people-complications/

Complications Among People With Autism

Last week my son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For a long time, my focus had been on getting that “golden ticket” so that he could access the accommodations he needs, and get help finally. As much as it was a relief to have, it was just the beginning. ASD symptoms are not

Functional Communication Goals for Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-speech-communication-goals/

Functional Communication Goals for Autism

Communication skills can be difficult and having functional communication goals for autism spectrum disorder is a good step in the right direction for growth. These goals can help with communication difficulties, particularly for those autistic children that are nonverbal or have limited verbal skills. This article is going to introduce and outline: The statements made

Teaching Autistic Children Critical Thinking Skills https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teaching-children-critical-thinking-skills/

Teaching Autistic Children Critical Thinking Skills

What is so important about teaching autistic children critical thinking skills? These skills are important to everyday decisions and obstacles an individual may face, there are many neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals that have a hard time with these skills. This article is going to outline abstract and conceptual thinking skills development, practice, and use in

Autism and Hearing Loss: What’s the Link? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-hearing-loss/

Autism and Hearing Loss: What’s the Link?

I was so happy to be home, not only because the storm was over and our house was safe again, but because it was private and quiet. Owen, who was two at the time, was running around in a diaper. “Owen, come here and let mommy put your clothes on you”, I instructed. Owen’s reply:

Autism Guardianship and Alternative Options to Consider https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-guardianship-alternative

Autism Guardianship and Alternative Options to Consider

Autism guardianship is a decision with major repercussions; for some parents, however, it may seem like the only choice offering maximum protection for their almost adult child with developmental disabilities. In most countries around the world a child becomes a legal adult on their 18th birthday; this is a fact most parents find terrifying. Thinking

5 Autism Life Skills To Help Kids into Independent Living https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/life-skills-independent-living/

5 Autism Life Skills To Help Kids into Independent Living

They say childhood is fleeting, and it’s true. Just five months ago, my son turned 18. I still can’t believe it. Contrary to what our kids often think, they usually don’t leave the family home or stop having to listen to us the very second they enter adulthood. The reality is that independence doesn’t always

How to Get My Child Tested for Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/get-child-tested-autism

How to Get My Child Tested for Autism

Jenny sat facing the ocean and, as the waves rolled in and out, so did her anxiety. That morning, at her daughter’s Well-Child Visit, she’d heard the pediatrician’s recommendation for a formal evaluation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but she couldn’t quite process it yet. “I don’t even know how to get my child tested