Outrunning Asperger’s: A Father’s Story of Love and Support

Outrunning Asperger's: A Father’s Story of Love and Support https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/story-of-love-and-support/

On July 29, 1993, my wife and I welcomed our third child. He weighed in at eight pounds, eight ounces, and sported a mound of black hair atop his head. We named him Brendan Richard. As months passed, we noticed certain developmental and speech delays. Two months after Brendan’s second birthday, he was diagnosed with […]

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Remarkable Teen Creates Autism Awareness With Wearable Art

Remarkable Teen Creates Autism Awareness With Wearable Art https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teen-creates-a-wearable-art/

Let me introduce you to Kiana Lee Murphy. A twin born 13 years ago and 2 months premature. When Kiana and Tyler made their entry into the world, little did we know at the time how difficult Kiana’s life was going to be. In the first week of Kiana’s life, we were told she had […]

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Is Autism Really Underestimated in Women?

Is Autism Really Underestimated in Women? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-really-underestimated-in-women/

Girls With Autism Flying Under the Radar proclaims one headline. For many years, it’s been accepted wisdom that there’s an approximately 4:1 ratio of autistic men to autistic women. Recently, self-advocates, scientists, and clinicians have challenged this long-accepted ratio. They claim autism presents differently in girls. As a male on the autism spectrum, I have read several […]

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Dating and Special Needs: Are You Ready?

Dating and Special Needs: Are You Ready? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ready-for-dating-special-needs/

Most parents of teens tell me they are not ready for their baby to date!  No question, their teens are curious, developing sexually in a typical manner (thank you, puberty), wondering/anxious about dating, and are truly considering the possibility of dating.  Before we get to the horrors and anxieties of dating, let’s recall some of […]

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Finding a Winning Special Needs Exercise Program

Finding a Winning Special Needs Exercise Program https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/winning-special-needs-exercise-program/

Whether in the gym, residential, or outdoor setting, engagement in routine exercise can help individuals on the autism spectrum to dramatically improve their physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing. As time spent in the fitness setting creates opportunities to develop communication skills, facilitate sensory processing, and enhance social awareness, exercise task demands gradually transform into […]

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Excellent Strategies You Need to Know for Handling Challenging ASD Behavior

Excellent Strategies You Need to Know for Handling Challenging ASD Behavior https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/handling-strategies-for-asd-behavior/

Do you avoid saying ‘no’? Do you only use the vacuum cleaner when your child is out of the house? Are you dreading dinnertime because the supermarket ran out of the particular brand of chicken nuggets that you usually buy? These are all questions often answered as ‘yes’ by parents of children with autism spectrum […]

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7 Great Ways to Secure a Good Night’s Sleep With Autism

7 Great Ways to Secure a Good Night's Sleep With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-to-secure-good-sleep/

Two out of three adults in the United States are sleep-deprived, a deficit that led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to designate sleeplessness as a public health epidemic in 2016. Surveys report that up to 83% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience trouble sleeping, rendering you as parents one of […]

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Autism and Comorbidities: How to Treat One While Treating the Other

Autism and Comorbidities: How to Treat One While Treating the Other https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/treat-one-while-treating-the-other/

Q&A with Matthew Fisher, MD, Medical Leader, Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program and Outpatient Psychiatry Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) commonly experience other medical conditions or comorbidities that can sometimes mask or even exacerbate symptoms of autism. At the top of the list are psychiatric conditions, neurological issues, and even gastrointestinal […]

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How to Build Social Skills for Life Using Minecraft

How to Build Social Skills for Life Using Minecraft https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/build-social-skills-using-minecraft/

Video games, social media, and technology are becoming an increasingly large part of our children’s lives. Digital play is now the most common type of play engaged in by younger children. Recent studies suggest that kids under the age of eight spend about 2.5 hours per day with screen media. For kids five and under, […]

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Top Advice on How to Approach Your ASD Teen About Hygiene

Top Advice on How to Approach Your ASD Teen About Hygiene https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/approach-asd-teen-about-hygiene/

My son Ryan entered puberty way ahead of schedule, and I was caught by surprise scrambling to create strategies to help navigate his increased need for a basic daily hygiene regimen. What I needed was a buy-in from him: a plan to get Ry excited about cleanliness and a method to point him down the […]

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