How Can I Best Gift Money to Someone With Special Needs?

How Can I Best Gift Money to Someone With Special Needs? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gifting-someone-with-special-needs/

Question: “As the holidays approach, I have been asked by my parents how they can gift money to my son with autism?  Can I tell them to give it to him directly or is there something specific I need to do?” Thank you for this question. Our planners hear this question quite a bit especially […]

Continue reading

Help: How Can I Stop a Child From Headbanging?

Help: How Can I Stop a Child From Headbanging? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/stop-a-child-from-headbanging/

Headbanging may be a scary and upsetting thing to watch your child do. It is considered a self-injurious behavior (SIB),  but SIB’s and/or headbanging are NOT considered a core symptom of autism, although children with autism are at greater risk of SIB’s such as head-banging. It is also important to note that just because your […]

Continue reading

An Exclusive Look at AUTISM With Celeste Viciere

An Exclusive Look at AUTISM With Celeste Viciere https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/exclusive-look-with-celeste-viciere/

Encouragement speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers insightful perspectives from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Celeste Viciere, LMHC, who is an author and host of Celeste The Therapist Podcast at www.celestethetherapist.com. Celeste Viciere is a […]

Continue reading

Top Advice on Surviving the Tween and Teen Years With Autism

Top Advice on Surviving the Tween and Teen Years With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/surviving-tween-and-teen-years/

Hi, my name is Leanne. I’m from Upstate New York and have Asperger’s syndrome. As we all know, the tween and teen years are rough for most people. However, for people on the autism spectrum, this time in life can be especially hard, and can bring on some unique challenges. People with autism go through […]

Continue reading

Great Ways to Stay Active With A Special Needs Child

Great Ways to Stay Active With A Special Needs Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/stay-active-with-special-child/

Our family is an active family. My daughter and her husband have always loved to ride bikes, swim, and go to the beach. They enjoy travel, working out—and dining out. These activities have always been a natural part of their lives. When my grandson who has autism was very young, his parents were able to […]

Continue reading

How You Can Create a Climate Of High Expectations in the Classroom

How You Can Create a Climate Of High Expectations in the Classroom https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/high-expectations-in-the-classroom/

“He doesn’t talk much. He reads at a 1st grade level. We’re working on coloring and staying in the lines.” As a public school special education teacher nothing upset me more than statements like these. An incoming 6th grader, the student gained three years academic growth that year. By the end of 7th grade, he […]

Continue reading

New Hope: A Documentary Filmmaker’s Perspective on Peering Over the Cliff

New Hope: A Documentary Filmmaker's Perspective on Peering Over the Cliff https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/filmmakers-perspective-over-the-cliff/

In May of 2017, I had the good fortune to begin filming my first feature-length documentary, This Business of Autism about employment opportunities for adults on the spectrum. The film follows the expansion of Spectrum Designs, which is a custom screen-printing and embroidery business located in Port Washington, New York. Seventy-five percent of Spectrum Designs’ […]

Continue reading

After the Autism Diagnosis: What Should I Do?

After the Autism Diagnosis: What Should I Do? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-diagnosis-what-to-do/

A friend’s child was recently diagnosed with autism and she reached out with some questions for me. “What would I do differently after getting the diagnosis that my son had autism, knowing what I know now?” And, “What did I recommend doing now that they had a diagnosis of autism for their child?” My sister […]

Continue reading

Create an Amazing Sensory Room On a Budget

Create an Amazing Sensory Room On a Budget https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/create-an-amazing-sensory-room/

Hello, my fellow sensory seeking moms and dads! Let me start by introducing myself. I am the mother of two young autistic children who require TONS of sensory input to stay regulated throughout the day. Over the years, I have experimented with what works well for them and what brings on the no-good -very-bad meltdowns! […]

Continue reading

Ways to Keep a Relationship On Track As Special Needs Parents

Ways to Keep a Relationship On Track As Special Needs Parents https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/keeping-a-relationship-on-track/

Receiving a diagnosis of autism can be so earth-shattering that it’s sometimes hard to see past it. There is so much information to process and so much to do. Your brain is on overdrive, and your child is at the forefront the whole time. It’s so easy to forget yourself—let alone your partner. Your partner, […]

Continue reading