June 19, 2024

Structured teaching for autism is a well-researched method for enabling individuals with autism to complete tasks independently. It helps them cope with transitions and changes in school and everyday life.  People with autism have many behavioral and cognitive barriers to learning. They often struggle in unstructured and unpredictable environments, like classrooms.  Structured teaching aims to

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June 17, 2024

Have you ever laughed at a time others might deem inappropriate? Do you remember the cause? It’s something many people experience in their lives, but inappropriate laughter is more common in people on the autism spectrum. What causes autistic children to experience inappropriate laughter? How can we help them recognize and address inappropriate laughter? There

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June 14, 2024

Kyle Jetsel, a dedicated father of a young adult on the spectrum, opens up about his journey with his son, Erik. Through the many challenges and moments of frustration, Kyle learns the importance of how he reacts to the ups and downs they face. His memories and dreams helped him shift his perspective, leading to

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June 12, 2024

It’s easy to confuse autism and introversion since both conditions impact how a person interacts with the world. So many times, parents and caregivers wonder where the lines blur. Let’s get it straightened out once and for all and provide you with some practical help to ensure everyone gets what they need. If you’d like

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June 10, 2024

When you get nervous or anxious, have you ever bitten your nails? It’s a common behavior for many people, depending on the circumstances they are facing. Nail biting in autism is often observed. It is often one of many stimming behaviors exhibited by autistic children. These repetitive behaviors can help fulfill a need for oral

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June 7, 2024

Building vocabulary in children with autism can be challenging because of their unique language and communication difficulties. It’s important to build their vocabulary early because vocabulary knowledge is the foundation of language comprehension.  Autistic children may struggle to build their vocabulary for the following reasons: We’ll explore vocabulary-building tips by age/developmental level. 1. Understand the levels

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June 5, 2024

Every parent waits for their child’s first words, but when verbal milestones are missed, parents may want to talk to the pediatrician. Early intervention is essential for improving communication. Yet, once a child has been diagnosed, what signs should a parent look for that their autistic child will talk? Here are seven behaviors that parents

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June 3, 2024

We’ve all done it. We’ve all caught ourselves absent-mindedly humming a tune as we go about our day. But humming is also connected to autism spectrum disorder. It’s one of many repetitive behaviors that autistic children may perform for vocal stimming. Humming, in and of itself, is not necessarily a predictor of autism spectrum disorder,

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May 31, 2024

As a teenager going through puberty, I experienced a rough time. There were bouts of frustration, anger, and aggression. It was incredibly difficult to control my emotions. I remember it being some of the hardest transitions of my life, and I’m considered neurotypical. For children on the autism spectrum, that transition can be even more

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May 29, 2024

In a world that thrives on effective communication, ensuring every child can express their needs, wants, and emotions is of paramount importance. Children who are nonverbal communicators have significant difficulties using spoken language. Because of that, speech therapy for nonverbal autism can be highly beneficial. A nonverbal child with autism is dependent upon a speech

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May 27, 2024

Hair-pulling in autism can be a surprising, often distressing behavior experienced by some babies and children on the spectrum. According to researchers, self-injurious behavior, including hair-pulling, is common in people with autism, occurring more often in females. In fact, a study of 112 children suggested that hair-pulling in those with autism occurs at a rate

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May 24, 2024

Diving into the world of DIY sensory toys opens up a universe of texture, sound, and color for children, aiding their development in profound ways.  For little ones, especially those facing the sensory challenges associated with autism, these toys are more than fun. They’re tools for engagement and discovery. Let’s roll up our sleeves and

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May 22, 2024

Teaching writing skills to autistic children poses various challenges. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider individual needs, academic ability, and personal characteristics when deciding how to help an autistic child write.  Learning to write involves many complex physical and cognitive processes, which can challenge all learners, but ASD students can experience these challenges more acutely. For

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May 20, 2024

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

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May 17, 2024

“Joey!” I went running out of my house, screaming my son’s name. While I was in the bathroom, he had learned how to unlock our deadbolt and was in the driveway headed for the street. It was one of the scariest moments of my life when I realized my son was not in the house.

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May 15, 2024

Speech articulation problems occur when sounds are not pronounced correctly. This can happen due to issues with the placement, timing, pressure, speed, or flow of movement of the lips, tongue, teeth, palate, or respiratory system (lungs). Many parents wonder how to help a child with speech articulation problems. If you’ve noticed your child struggling to

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May 13, 2024

Sleep challenges tend to be common when it comes to children with autism spectrum disorder. While there’s a wide range of sleep issues that present themselves, one of the most common involves the child with autism sleeping on the floor. These sleep challenges can present problems for both the children and their parents. But there

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May 10, 2024

Visual schedules in school aren’t just organizational tools or a way to take advantage of more resources – they’re pathways to unlocking each student’s potential, especially those with special needs. A daily schedule can support students by providing a clear visual representation of what they can expect in their routine, helping them navigate their day

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May 8, 2024

Individuals with ASD can sometimes exhibit a trait of social withdrawal from others. This can appear to be detachment in conjunction with a strong desire for a great deal of alone time.   In contrast, dissociation is marked by a separation of one’s thoughts or personality from a particular environment. All of us experience dissociation at

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May 6, 2024

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

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May 3, 2024

My eight-year-old son with autism still wears diapers or training pants, depending on what’s available. We have tried toilet training, and while he will sometimes go on the potty, it’s still one of the hardest struggles of his life. It can be hard to send him to school knowing how profound his needs are especially

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May 1, 2024

Have you ever found yourself puzzled, trying to ignite that spark of motivation in your students, particularly when motivating students with autism? You’re certainly not in this alone.  The secret lies in deeply understanding what drives each child. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a wide range of needs, interests, and developmental challenges, with

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April 29, 2024

Many children love to cling to a parent. The parents are the first to show unconditional love, making the child feel safe with them. This can be heightened when the child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. While it’s common for kids to favor parents over other adults, sometimes an autistic child will favor

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April 26, 2024

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

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April 24, 2024

Have you ever walked by someone and heard them talking to themselves? Have you ever noticed self-talk more in children, especially those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder? Why do autistic people seem to talk to themselves more than others? There are many factors influencing self-talk, whether someone is on the autism spectrum or neurotypical. Let’s

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April 23, 2024

The global Autism Parenting Summit is returning in May 2024. Imagine 25,000 attendees, 25+ world-class speakers, 4 informative days, and 1 global event – the Autism Parenting Summit is back! The Summit, hosted by Autism Parenting Magazine, is a free virtual event on May 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th. Doctors, psychologists, educators, advocates, and people

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April 22, 2024

Literacy skills in children impacted by autism are often delayed due to challenges with language and communication. Autistic children are able to learn and identify letters and the sounds that each letter makes, but blending them together to make words can require extra support in home and school environments. Comprehension can also be challenging for

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April 19, 2024

I started my career as a teacher in a school for children with severe, profound, multiple, and additional needs and then became the Head of Autism for a London Borough. Yet before my own son started school, I had images of picking him up from school, getting a huge cuddle, and spending the afternoon chatting

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April 17, 2024

Witnessing a child with autism spectrum disorder engaging in repetitive movements can be a common sight for many parents and caregivers. An autistic child spinning around in circles is a prime example. This behavior, often a form of self-stimulatory behavior or “autistic stimming,” is not a quirk but a meaningful way for the autistic child

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April 15, 2024

One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was learn how to communicate with my nonverbal child. Joey is as smart as they come, but he’s unable to communicate through speech. This is a constant problem for parents of nonverbal children.  Spoken language may be the most common form of communication, but we

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April 12, 2024

When a child has been diagnosed with autism, it may feel like every behavior is being closely observed and documented. We track every move and follow the recommendations from the pediatrician and therapists, and it can be exhausting. Let’s take some time to focus on the strengths of autistic individuals. Here are the top five

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April 10, 2024

Pets are a wonderful addition to any home. They provide us with hours of enjoyment, comfort, and love. For families who have an autistic child, there are even more benefits to be had from the addition of a furry friend to the family. But what are the best pets for autistic children? While there’s no

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April 8, 2024

When we look at persons with autism, we tend to focus on the social challenges they bravely face daily.  What is less looked upon is that many of those with ASD tend to have significant and unusual fears that can impact their daily functioning. But is there a connection between autism and paranoia?  In studies,

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April 5, 2024

Navigating life’s challenges can be tough for everyone, but for children on the autism spectrum, the journey comes with its own set of difficulties. From struggling to fit in and make friends at school to feeling overwhelmed in social situations, the journey for these kids can often feel isolating. As a parent of two autistic

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April 3, 2024

April is Autism Acceptance Month. It began as Autism Awareness Month in the 1970s before transitioning to Autism Acceptance Month in 2021. It’s a time of year when autism spectrum disorder gets a stronger focus from the world at large. As part of this month, there are many autism awareness activities the community can participate

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April 1, 2024

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized annual event celebrated on April 2, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about individuals with autism throughout the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in council on November 1, 2007, and adopted on December 18, 2007. Let’s learn more about

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March 29, 2024

If it weren’t difficult enough to make naps happen at home, many parents and providers struggle with how to get an autistic child to nap at daycare. Parents worry about the environment at nap time. Will the staff try long enough, or will the nap happen at all? If the nap doesn’t happen, will their

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March 27, 2024

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

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March 25, 2024

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

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March 22, 2024

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

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