February 23, 2024

Have you ever noticed your child’s eyes rolling upward? If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, it can be jarring to see these eye movements. It can lead to many questions about whether this behavior is out of the ordinary and if there’s a connection between rolling eyes upward and autism. Eye

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February 21, 2024

Picture a child who has many ideas but struggles to communicate them due to autism. This situation is a daily reality for numerous autistic children. Thankfully, an autism communication board can make these challenges easier. We often think of communication as just words or phrases, but it’s a little more complex than that. In fact,

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February 19, 2024

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

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February 16, 2024

Have you ever said to a child, “Don’t pinch!” It’s something that many children pick up over time. However, when a child with autism begins pinching, it can be a bit tougher to get them to stop. Autism pinching behavior can become a stim that children with autism use as a coping mechanism. Still, pinching

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February 14, 2024

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

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February 12, 2024

Improving communication with autistic children can be a difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming task. But it is a task that you will have to prioritize if you are a parent or a carer for someone on the autism spectrum. A lot of frustration stems from the fact that parents or caregivers are trying their best to

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February 9, 2024

My son loves to play chess. He can see the entire board and can even beat his teachers blindfolded. However, when he’s focused on chess, he tends to ignore anyone or anything around him. This is an example of his autism hyperfixation, which is defined as an intense state of concentration and focus. While an

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February 7, 2024

Do you ever watch your child with autism begin to blink excessively? Well, you’re not alone. Many parents are puzzled by this behavior. Understanding the nature of autism blinking is crucial in providing support and assistance. Excessive blinking can manifest in various forms and intensities among individuals on the spectrum, making it a complex issue.

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February 5, 2024

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

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February 2, 2024

Parents of late-talking children face one common problem. They often don’t play well with others, and they have interests and sensory needs that are not typical of other kids their age. So, it can be challenging for parents to find activities and toys for late talkers. The good news is, with a little analysis, parents

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January 31, 2024

Have you ever struggled with setting up appointments for doctors, therapists, or insurance for your child on the autism spectrum? Does that leave you concerned about what will happen to them when you can no longer advocate for them? That’s where an autism social worker comes into play. Whether it’s making sure those with an

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January 29, 2024

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

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January 26, 2024

I am an autistic individual who graduated college. During my college years, I had no idea I had autism. I am writing this article for young adults who are on the spectrum but also for their parents dealing with the challenges of navigating college and autism. This is how I navigated college as a person

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January 24, 2024

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

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January 22, 2024

Whoever said pointing is rude probably didn’t realize how important gestures are to your child’s language development. Before children reach their first birthdays, they use gestures rather than words to ask for things, share special experiences, and learn about the world around them.  Gestures, like words, follow a developmental sequence. Understanding these gestures isn’t just

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January 19, 2024

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

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January 17, 2024

Many tools can help teach autistic children about their own emotions. One great tool is an autism emotion chart. These charts contain pictures and can be as interactive as the parent or teacher makes them. Emotional regulation can start with the child being able to understand and identify what emotion they may be feeling. If

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January 16, 2024

A single mom allows readers insight into her deepest fears as a parent of children on the autism spectrum. Fear is a word that is used often and an emotion felt by most people daily. Fear is the onset of anxiety; it creates doubt, pressure, depression, and frustration. It causes people to procrastinate. Fear destroys

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January 15, 2024

Does your child with autism refuse to wear a coat in the winter or insist on wearing warmer clothes when it’s cold? Does a child’s body temperature often register a fever when they are perfectly healthy? Unfortunately, autism and temperature regulation issues often go hand-in-hand. While it’s different for each individual, it’s a common problem

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January 12, 2024

We often think of communication as spoken words and phrases, but there are so many ways in which we communicate daily. Think of the moment when your partner, a family member, or a friend remarks: ”You look tired,” after a full day of work and taking care of the kids. I am sure your body

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January 12, 2024

Sensory boards for autism can be a key way to engage autistic children while meeting some of their sensory input needs and having fun. Sensory integration and having and fulfilling a sensory diet for a child diagnosed with autism can be quick and easy. A sensory board is exactly what it sounds like, there is

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January 10, 2024

Meet nonverbal teenager Navneet, who is on the autism spectrum, and gain insider insight into a life with sensory processing differences. My sensory system is very different: different in seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling. It is also different in terms of my sense of touch, sense of motion, sense of body movement, and sense of thinking

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January 10, 2024

As a person on the autism spectrum with co-occurring mental illness and depression in the past, I find community resources helpful. It helps me get the resources I need to live a happy life. But how do you find autism resources in your community? I found that if you talk to people, they are willing

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January 8, 2024

Life is filled with transitions — be it changing schools, moving to a new home, shifting careers, or experiencing the loss of a parent. These shifts are inherent in our journey, shaping our experiences and guiding us through various stages of life. However, for people with autism, transitions can be a lot harder to manage. 

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January 5, 2024

Special interests and repetitive behaviors can span to reach different interests, autism and foot obsession, collecting garbage, and other interests that others may not understand. Parents can start to wonder why their autistic child has these behaviors and interests and if there is something they can do about them. Why is your child fascinated by

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January 4, 2024

Every year at Autism Parenting Magazine (APM) we feel blessed and thankful for all of the contributors who give their time and expertise to write helpful and informative articles for all of our families around the world. By doing so, we can provide you with the current advice and information in each issue and at

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January 3, 2024

Imagination is important to human development and helps individuals interact with their environment. There is an interesting relationship between autism and imagination that should not be overlooked. For parents and caregivers, understanding autistic imagination and how it may differ from their own can be beneficial. Also, understanding what imagination is and where it stems in

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January 1, 2024

Many kids struggle with everyday activities that we may find easy to do. My older son struggled to tie his shoes or do anything involving fine motor skills. This is an example of a nonverbal learning disorder. While many kids are diagnosed with these two conditions, NVLD and autism aren’t always intertwined. Autistic kids who

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December 29, 2023

Say “cheese!” Taking pictures is a way to capture memories we want to keep forever. But when we look back at the pictures, there’s almost always a story of challenges. With autism and taking pictures, there are many of them. This is especially true for parents of children on the autism spectrum, whether it’s professional

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December 27, 2023

Since autism is a spectrum disorder, it can be difficult to pinpoint specifics when it comes to differences among people. But is there a difference between male and female autism?  To specify gender differences when talking about autism can be difficult because they can exist outside the context of gender alone. Since people are so

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December 25, 2023

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

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December 22, 2023

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

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December 20, 2023

When your child has been diagnosed with autism, it can sometimes be hard to find a way to ensure they play well. Many children on the autism spectrum tend to stim. That’s why autism stim toys were created. These toys help provide stimulation for the senses and can help regulate the child’s nervous system. There

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December 19, 2023

For parents with a child on the spectrum, any future consideration may feel overwhelming. However, the comfort of knowing your child’s future is secure is worth it. Parents hope and dream that their child with autism will progress, grow, and become an independent adult. Because of this, it is not uncommon for some to avoid

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December 18, 2023

Your child has recently been diagnosed with autism, so what do you do? It’s a new world that you and your child must navigate together. There’s no one-size-fits-all way to work with your autistic child. “So how can you make life easier for your child? Maybe an autism coach is the answer.” Many neurotypical people

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December 15, 2023

As autism rates continue to increase across the world, many researchers are looking into genetic factors that may contribute to an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. This leads to important questions such as: “Does an autism gene exist?” “Can environmental factors play a role in developing autism?” and “Which parent carries the autism gene?” Is There

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December 13, 2023

As Christmas approaches, parents know that for their child diagnosed with autism, Christmas ornaments, activities, Christmas trees, and more can bring excitement for some and anxiety for others. So, what are some ways to make Christmas ornaments more autism-friendly? The Christmas ornament has a long-standing history for many people worldwide and throughout history. For many,

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December 11, 2023

A fun part of children attending school for parents can be the school concert. When your child is musically inclined, or if they just love music in general, they can have fun with the concerts around the holidays and the end of the school year. But with autism, school concerts can take on a different

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December 8, 2023

The human brain is the greatest computer in the world. It can help you remember and process some of the greatest moments of your life. It can connect your thoughts to something that made you incredibly joyful or angry. But is this any different for an autistic brain? The World Health Organization defines autism spectrum

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December 6, 2023

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

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