Delayed first words and speech irregularities are some of the most common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If your child only talks with close family members and friends but shuts down at school or with extended family, you might suspect that autism is the reason. When a child finds themself unable to speak to

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in Communication Skills by Claire Delano, BA

This is the question of the month as featured in Issue Number 13 Question from Yvonne: Hi Leslie, I am a subscriber of the Autism Parenting Magazine, which I find is of great interest. I have a question, I am an educator and I am supporting a child having an autism impairment. The problem is

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Leslie Burby

Home Back issues Free Issue About Contact Login Subscribe Speech and Communication SkillsAutism Parenting Magazine – Issue 136 BUY SINGLE ISSUE FOR $5.99 Buy Single Issue SAVE 50% BY SUBSCRIBING Subscribe today and save 50%What’s in this issue?Hearing your child utter their first words is a magical experience for parents, but the experience can be

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in by Joan Echem

Last June, my oldest son graduated from high school. All parents who can say that about their children are proud, but for parents of children with autism, and learning challenges, it has an elevated meaning. My son graduating meant that he accomplished something we didn’t think was going to be possible for a long time.

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in Education and Classroom by Rachel Andersen

“Can I ask you a question? Don’t get mad at me or anything ok?”, my friend Heather tentatively said to me one sunny afternoon on my back porch. “Have you ever thought that Owen may be on the autism spectrum?” The question hit me with such force, it almost took my breath away. I had

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in Autism Diagnosis by Rachel Andersen

Parents of autistic children, from my personal experience, are some of the most adventurous and creative people in the world. One reason for that is they parent some of the most gifted and unpredictable people in the world.   Between the exploration of their children’s special interests, braving new professionals in their life, alternative therapies, and

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in Visual Supports by Rachel Andersen

In 2003, a girl named Greta Thunberg was born in Sweden. When that girl was eight years old, she first learned about the very real threat of global warming; a threat humans had caused with their own hands. At the same time, she was assured those hands could work to fix it. If we just

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American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used foreign language in the United States. It ranks right behind Spanish and French, with approximately 2 million individuals in the United States utilizing it (Gallaudet University Library, 2016). How can this beautiful language be used to benefit the lives of children with autism? 1. Does Your

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in Communication Skills by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Many children struggle with the idea of going to the dentist, but for children with autism, a trip to the dentist office can create anxiety and even panic. Here are some simple suggestions that may ease stress levels and make your dental visit a success. 1. Visual Schedules A visual schedule is a great way

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Are you concerned that your child’s challenging behaviors are unchangeable? Are you worried there’s no way to teach your pre-verbal child? Do you have sleepless nights wondering if your child will ever socialize with peers? This may surprise you, but there’s a technique called video self-modeling that works through all of the challenges listed above

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in Autism Technology by Melissa M. Root, PhD