Managing Autism Meltdowns, Tantrums and Aggression https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-meltdowns/

Managing Autism Meltdowns, Tantrums and Aggression

To an outsider, a child with autism having a meltdown might appear like a child having a temper tantrum, but the circumstances are often more complex than what meets the eye. Those who have cared for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will know a meltdown is handled differently and with intimate knowledge of

Meltdowns: Video Self-Modeling to the Rescue! https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/video-self-modeling-to-the-rescue/

Meltdowns: Video Self-Modeling to the Rescue!

Does your child have a difficult time handling disappointment? Do seemingly simple requests turn into tantrums? Sometimes children learn one way to handle situations like this (i.e., meltdown) and have a very difficult time learning a new and better way to respond. It’s likely not enjoyable for you or your child when these situations arise,

Expert Ways to Help Tame Tantrums and Manage Meltdowns https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/tame-tantrums-manage-meltdowns

Expert Ways to Help Tame Tantrums and Manage Meltdowns

Every parent has experienced the embarrassment, frustration, and exhaustion of a child’s temper tantrum. It doesn’t matter what is the diagnosis or developmental stage—and it happens to both the novice and most experienced parents. Inevitably, if you have a child, you will find yourself trying to manage behavioral outbursts. If you’re a parent of a

HELP: My 20-Year-Old Son Cannot Control Meltdowns https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/20-year-old-son-cannot-control-meltdowns

HELP: My 20-Year-Old Son Cannot Control Meltdowns

I have a 20-year-old son with Asperger’s syndrome.  He has just started the workforce and tried college but failed all of his classes. He was recently laid off from his employment and is now on unemployment.  He lives in his own apartment and pays his own bills. The problem I’m having is he has meltdowns almost

Managing Separation Anxiety in Autistic Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-separation-anxiety/

Managing Separation Anxiety in Autistic Children

Everyone in the world has experienced separation anxiety at some point in their life. For some, it may be their first trip to a sleepaway camp. For others, it may be leaving the nest for college or employment. But what about children with autism and separation anxiety? When a child with autism spectrum disorder experiences

Autism and Feeding Difficulties: The Ultimate Guide https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-feeding-difficulties/

Autism and Feeding Difficulties: The Ultimate Guide

When was the last time you took a bite of food and paid attention to the skills you used? You use your lips, tongue, and cheeks to move the food to your teeth, chew it, and move it back to swallow. If this was a difficult experience that made you feel unsafe – would you

Covering Ears and Autism: Understanding Sensory Sensitivities https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/covering-ears-autism/

Covering Ears and Autism: Understanding Sensory Sensitivities

When you are in a loud place, do you cover your ears to try to muffle the sound? Covering your ears can make a loud place more bearable. For children with autism, the need to cover their ears may be more prevalent as places that don’t seem loud to neurotypical people may sound loud to

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

Autistic Child Refuses to do Anything? Here's how to help autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-child-refuses-to-do-anything/

Autistic Child Refuses To Do Anything? Here’s How to Help

As parents, it can be very difficult to get your children to do something you ask them to do. When you add in an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, that difficulty tends to skyrocket. This can create problems both at school and at home. So, what do you do when your autistic child refuses to do

How to Get an Autistic Child to Listen https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/get-autistic-child-to-listen/

How to Get an Autistic Child to Listen

Gaining cooperation from any child can be a challenge. In the midst of the daily struggle to get through the schedule, many parents find themselves struggling with how to get an autistic child to listen or follow directions. As frustrating as these moments can be, there are ways of meeting your child where they are

7 Tips for A Perfect Bedtime Routine for an Autistic Child

7 Tips for A Perfect Bedtime Routine for an Autistic Child

As you probably know, autistic children often struggle with sleep. If your child faces those bedtime battles, you’re certainly not alone! Over 80% of autistic children experience sleep disturbances. The great news is that creating a bedtime routine for an autistic child can make a huge difference. There are so many different factors that affect

5 Classroom Activities for Nonverbal Autistic Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/classroom-activities-nonverbal-autism/

5 Classroom Activities for Nonverbal Autistic Children

My youngest son is nonverbal. Joey had 30 words at one point, but over time and through regressions, he’s lost them all. Nonverbal autism is a form of autism where the individual has limited or no verbal communication. However, teachers can introduce various classroom activities for nonverbal autistic children. These activities can go a long

7 Things to Do When You Lose Patience with an Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/losing-patience-with-autistic-child/

7 Things to Do When You Lose Patience With an Autistic Child

We’ve all been there. Our child is getting on our last nerve, and we finally lose all patience. Every parent goes through this. But children with autism react differently to a parent losing their cool than a neurotypical child does. So, what do you do when you are losing patience with an autistic child? It

11 Things Not to Do With an Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/what-not-to-do-autistic-child/

11 Things Not to Do With an Autistic Child

Following an autism diagnosis, every parent will ask themselves what to do and what not to do with an autistic child. They are reasonable questions as parents want what’s best for their kids going forward. Every child with autism will require different supports, but there are still certain things all parents should avoid. From personal

Is There a Link Between Autism and Stubbornness? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-stubbornness/

Is There a Link Between Autism and Stubbornness?

My son refuses to watch the Barbie movie. He insists Oppenheimer is the better of the two films that made up the Barbenheimer craze of 2023. Here’s the thing: he’s never seen either movie. Jeremy insists Oppenheimer is good and Barbie is bad due to stubbornness. He is also on the autism spectrum. Is there

10 Tips on How to Calm an Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-to-calm-autistic-child/

10 Tips on How to Calm an Autistic Child

When autistic children start feeling overwhelmed, parents and teachers are always looking for tips on how to calm an autistic child. Since behaviors that are associated with autism can vary, it can be tricky to figure out the best calming strategies. Behaviors can range from refusing to listen and participate to self-injurious behaviors that can

Here’s Why an Autism Routine is Important

An autism routine can make a significant impact on the everyday life and overall well-being of children on the spectrum. Creating and establishing routines can provide structure and a genuine sense of stability with the knowledge of what will happen next. There are daily activities that can be upsetting when unexpected changes occur. To help

Is There Such a Thing As an 'Autism Stare'? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-stare/

Is There Such a Thing As an ‘Autism Stare’?

There are times when my son just stares off blankly into space. He is on the autism spectrum. While he is usually into everything, occasionally, when he calms down and stops for a second, he does what some will call an autistic stare. But why does he do that?  Why does someone who insists on

Autism and Christmas: Things That Can Overwhelm Your Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-christmas-overwhelm/

Autism and Christmas: Things That Can Overwhelm Your Child

The holiday season is a time of peace and love for most families. However, autism and Christmas tell a whole different story. “I hate Christmas ” is a familiar refrain in my home. My oldest son and wife utter this phrase often during the holiday season.  The truth is, both love a lot about Christmas.

Choosing an Autism Babysitter: 10 Things to Consider https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/choosing-autism-babysitter/

Choosing an Autism Babysitter: 10 Things to Consider

An autism babysitter could be an excellent option for parents who need to know that their child’s special needs are being met. Finding quality child care, whether at a child care center or home, can be challenging when parents seek candidates to meet their child’s needs. A child’s development and safety are of utmost importance,

5 Tips to Make Thanksgiving Enjoyable for You and Your Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/tips-for-autism-thanksgiving/

5 Tips to Make Thanksgiving Enjoyable for You and Your Autistic Child

On Thanksgiving Day, families across the United States will gather to celebrate gratitude. It can be a time for visiting with close family and others you haven’t seen in a while. It’s a time for remembering the special moments and blessings you are grateful for. If you are hosting the holiday, it can also be

A Practical Guide to Creating Visual Schedules https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/creating-visual-schedules/

A Practical Guide to Creating Visual Schedules

In a world that often feels overwhelming, especially for neurodivergent children, visual schedules have proven to be powerful tools to provide structure, promote independence, and reduce anxiety. A visual schedule represents a sequence of activities or tasks presented clearly and organized using images, icons, or words. They serve as a roadmap for individuals to navigate

Emotional Regulation 25 Ways to Help Your Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/help-child-with-emotional-regulation/

Emotional Regulation: 25 Ways to Help Your Autistic Child

In April 2023, my son had one of the worst meltdowns I could remember. He was screaming, running, crying, throwing himself on the ground, and was generally inconsolable. He struggled with emotional regulation at that moment.  See, his routine had been thrown off. But how do you help an autistic child regulate emotions in such

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Adapting to Change 10 Tips For Autism Parents https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-parents-adapting-to-change/

Adapting to Change: 10 Tips For Autism Parents

Change is part of life. We move from one task to the next or even move house. But many autistic children thrive on consistency and a schedule – struggle adapting to change.   This struggle can cause stress for the children, parents, teachers, and others interacting with them during these difficult transitions. Instead of reacting, parents,

What is Kanner Syndrome? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/know-more-about-kanner-syndrome/

What is Kanner Syndrome?

When I was a teenager, there was a young boy whose family attended the same church my family did. He had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He often exhibited what was viewed as “classic” autism symptoms, at least by 1990s standards. Today, that little boy is a grown man and many would refer

Issue 153 — Managing Behaviors

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How to Enjoy Fireworks with a Person with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-autism-children-enjoy-fireworks/

How to Enjoy Fireworks with a Person with Autism

Tips on how people on the Autism Spectrum can stay safe with Independence Day fast approaching Independence Day is fast approaching in the United States, and that means the sure signs of American patriotism will be on full display. Families will be going to picnics and barbecues, fun will be had at the nearest lake

Targeting The Gut To Treat Irritability Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/treat-irritability-associated-with-autism/

Targeting The Gut To Treat Irritability Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Have you heard about the gut-brain connection in autism? Researchers have discovered that there may be a link between gut bacteria (the microbiome) and the brain, which could contribute to certain challenging behaviors, such as aggression, emotional meltdowns, and self-injury, in autism. For many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), coping with irritability is an

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