Life in My Son’s World of Autism

Life in My Son’s World of Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/life-in-sons-world-autism/

I live in two different worlds. One, let’s call this my “home planet,” is the neurotypical, familiar, and comfortable world in which I was raised and conditioned. The other is “planet Ari,” which is the world of autism. I entered this world as an alien to autism, and have slowly been adapting to the strange […]

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The Social Life or Lack Thereof With Autism

The Social Life or Lack Thereof With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/the-social-life-with-autism/

In the summer of 2003, I had finished high school and was getting ready to start college. My best friend of more than two years was about to leave for the Marines. After I hung out with him one last time before he left, his parents dropped me off at my house. I said goodbye […]

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Special Needs: Grandparents Can Be in Your Corner

Special Needs: Grandparents Can Be in Your Corner https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-needs-grandparents-in-corner/

There is a well-known parable floating around the special needs community which describes how it feels when you are first told you are to be the parent of a child with special needs. The story describes how a family is preparing to go to Italy. They have researched all the best activities and adventures to […]

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You Are an Important Part of The Solution In The Autism Diagnosis

You Are an Important Part of The Solution In The Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/important-part-solution-autism-diagnosis/

Three years ago, my husband and I were facing very difficult questions. Those questions often didn’t have simple answers, and worse, the professional answers we received didn’t always mesh with other professional answers. How would I navigate this? I can tell you my pediatrician felt that my son was “just a boy.” Had I listened […]

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Managing Autism Meltdowns, Tantrums and Aggression

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

To someone on the outside, a child with autism having a meltdown might appear like a child having a temper tantrum, but the circumstances and reasons are more complex than what meets the eye. Those who have cared for a child with autism will know that autism meltdowns need to be handled differently and with […]

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Amazing Ways Surfing Changes the Lives of Children With Autism

Amazing Ways Surfing Changes the Lives of Children With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/amazing-ways-surfing-changes-autism/

Attend any surf event for children with autism, and there’s more than what meets the eye. While it may look like a day where children and young adults are simply surfing, there’s actually a powerful form of therapy taking place, something I discovered firsthand. Surf events for children with autism and other special needs are […]

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How Cats Can Help Children With Autism Become More Social

How Cats Can Help Children With Autism Become More Social https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/cats-help-children-with-autism/

Cats are lovable and cute, but what most people don’t know is that these furry animals can help children with autism improve their social skills. Cats bond with the children by providing affection and attention which promotes healthy relationships. Parents with children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might not want to get their child […]

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Preparing for the Social Transition to Adulthood With Special Needs

Preparing for the Social Transition to Adulthood With Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/preparing-social-transition-with-special-needs/

Perhaps the single greatest, and most frightening moment of a parent’s life is the birth of a child. As you stare in the innocent and precious eyes of your newborn, the gravity of the task of being a parent falls squarely upon your shoulders. No book is given to you that has all the answers […]

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A Voice With No Words: Ways to Get Started With PECS

A Voice With No Words: Ways to Get Started With PECS https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-get-started-with-pecs/

Hello, I’m mum to Franklin aged four who was diagnosed with autism at two years old. Franklin is non-verbal, highly sensory, and has learning difficulties.  Franklin being non-verbal has been a huge and heartbreaking concern ever since we realized the words just weren’t coming. While my daughter does not stop speaking from the minute her […]

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Regression in Autism—Not Just For Toddlers

Regression in Autism—Not Just For Toddlers https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-not-just-for-toddlers/

I have done a lot of recent research on the facts of regression in autism, and I have come across a lot of articles covering regression in the toddler years. For many children affected with autism, this period of regression is usually the first outward signs that a parent or caregiver will notice that something […]

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