March 6, 2014

Every parent with a child on the spectrum can vouch for me when I state, “going out in public is a challenge.”  Transitioning from the house to the car is your first challenge.  Then the challenge shifts to dealing with the sensory problems of the new place upon arrival. I don’t think I’ll ever forget

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March 2, 2014

I have a daughter that is ten with autism and I don’t know how to explain or talk to her about when girls get their monthly period. I am worried how my daughter will react when she gets her first period. Answer: Many parents with children on the spectrum, as well as most parents with

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February 18, 2014

Autism in the Blood? Recently in the news, autism and blood tests have been a common thread.  The two main companies that seem to have caught my attention the most for autism research are Lineagen Incorporated with its FirststepDX genetics program and SynapDx Corporation on its quest to find a blood test to diagnosis autism. 

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February 11, 2014

 Editor’s Letter Dear readers,A couple months ago as I tucked my daughter into bed she nonchalantly asked me, “Mom, am I autistic?”  It caught me off guard because in our house the word autism is heard quite often, but we don’t label anyone. When my friends come over with their autistic children we don’t point it

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February 6, 2014

Everyday tasks can prove to be a challenge with an autistic child because he/she might struggle with organization and need constant reminders.  Transitioning from one task to another can cause anxiety or a meltdown to occur.  However, social stories, visual schedules, and reminder strips can help alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with the everyday

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February 5, 2014

Interview with Dr. Frank Gaskill by Leslie Burby   Leslie: Today we are here with Dr. Frank Gaskill. Thank you for joining us. Dr. G: Thank you. Leslie: Dr. Gaskill is a psychologist with Southeast Psych down in North Carolina and he is also the author of Max Gamer the comic, correct? Dr. G: Max

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January 23, 2014

To be completely honest, I thought I was well educated on special education. I mean after all, I have worked with several different students with a wide range of learning disabilities, physical disabilities, etc. However, reality didn’t set in until I had my own child. Let’s face it – there is a huge difference between

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January 21, 2014

Today there are more options than ever before for adults and young adults living independently with autism. Programs and centers have opened in many different places across the United States, giving many people access to their benefits, assistance, and services. The programs focus on helping adults of all ages with autism acquire the necessary skills

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January 8, 2014

  Editor’s Letter   Dear readers,I helped start this magazine because when my children were diagnosed, I was scared and overwhelmed but as time went on I learned that I didn’t have to be.  There are a ton of resources and help out there and I wanted to help parents sort through all the information to decide what

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January 4, 2014

Candace Waters -Nonverbal Autistic Artist by Leslie Burby When Candace was a toddler she was progressing at a normal rate. Her parents Sandy and Rob report that she was speaking 25 words and then all of a sudden she lost her speech and all her motor skills between two and a half and three years

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December 26, 2013

Wholeness and Completion Issues by Leslie Burby If your child or a student that you teach, seems defiant or like they “just won’t listen,” then you need to read this article. When my daughter, (who has Asperger’s Syndrome), was a toddler I had concerns that she was deaf at times because of the way she

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December 19, 2013

This is the question of the month as featured in Issue Number 13 Question from Yvonne: Hi Leslie, I am a subscriber of the Autism Parenting Magazine, which I find is of great interest. I have a question, I am an educator and I am supporting a child having an autism impairment. The problem is

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December 4, 2013

Featuring:Navigating the Holidays by Jeannie Davide-RiveraChristmas is Coming by Renee SalasInterview with Candice Chaktoura of Signing Autistic Lives by Leslie Burby5 Helpful Tips to Make Your Child’s I.E.P Meeting More Tolerable Than Terrifying by John MewsAutism in the News: FAA Allowing PEDs on airplanes by Megan KellyMallory’s Marvelous Muffins by Leslie A. BurbyThe Nod by

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November 11, 2013

This is the question of the month as featured in Issue Number 12 Question from Jo: This question may not be a fit for this forum but it is a problem I have been grappling with for a while. Our almost 6 year old daughter, who is on the spectrum, is adopted. We took custody

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November 1, 2013

Featuring:Grandparents and Autism by Kimberlee McCaffertyA Weekend Away by B’s dadDivorce, Autism, and Blended Families by Nick MalcuitEvent Recap by Leslie A. BurbyHoliday Gift Giving Guide by Leslie A. BurbyFitting Fitness into the ASD Household by Eric ChessenRelax Bottle/Timeout Timer by Johanna SpauldingBook in the Spotlight: Rules by Trev’s MomSaving My Sensory Hide by Alyssa

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October 30, 2013

This is the question of the month as featured in Issue Number 7 Q: What is GFCF? A: GFCF stands for Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Q: What is gluten? A: In Living Gluten Free for Dummies by Danna Korn, “Gluten is a mixture of proteins in wheat, rye, and barley. Oats don’t have gluten but may

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October 20, 2013

This is the question of the month as featured in Issue Number 10 Question: Can bullying being put into an IEP? Answer: In the USA and the UK bullying can be addressed in the IEP (Individualized Education Program).  In the USA, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires public schools to provide FAPE (Free Appropriate

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October 18, 2013

Review of the Go-Go blanket by Go-Go Blanket This month, we decided to review the go go blanket which is a cuddly, fleece blanket for infants and toddlers (up to size 5) designed to fit over the safety straps in a car seat or stroller.  Go-Go Blankets feature sleeves which keep the blankets in place while

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October 2, 2013

Featuring:What is Your Child for Halloween by Ewa SroslakMasquerade by Renee SalasInterview Caroline and Kyle Coleman by Leslie Burbysocial story examples about Trick-or-Treating by Leslie A. BurbyStaying on Track at School by Brian Katkin of Uptospeedtutors.comAutism in the News by Leslie A. BurbyDon’t Desensitize – Recognize by Jaclyn HuntBook in the Spotlight: Editorial Review of Raising Cubby by John Elder RobisonQ&A Section

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September 27, 2013

Kyle was once thought to be totally nonverbal as a symptom of his Autism. Here is the story of how he discovered his singing voice in this interview with Caroline Coleman and her son Kyle.  Kyle is a Leslie: This question is for Kyle. Kyle, do you like singing? Kyle Coleman: Just Listen. Caroline Coleman: Yeah

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September 13, 2013

Practical Techniques to Work Through Anger, Anxiety and Depression by Leslie Burby and Mark Blakey   Emotional awareness is not something that we are taught in school and it is rarely even understood by our parents. We live in a society where even those not in the Autistic Spectrum (Neuro-typical Individuals) suffer to some extent

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August 26, 2013

Featuring:Back to School Made Easy by Dr. John CarossoTaking Some of the Control Back by Meghan R.M. GrahamInterview with the makers of YourSpecialEducationRights.com by Leslie A. BurbyBut You Can’t Be Autistic…You are Such a Good Teacher by “E” of The Third Glance blogAnti-Bullying Campaign by Leslie A. BurbyThe Agony of Middle School or Handling Middle School Drama by Cynthia KimKinderKord Review

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August 22, 2013

After a little bit of work in the background we have now released the FREE Autism Parenting Podcast. The podcast will feature some of the interviews and topics we do on behalf of the magazine. The first one features an interview we did with Dr. John Pagano about Sensory Qi Gong Massage for Autism. The second features

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August 17, 2013

The reason I decided to interview Beverly Saddler was because I was interested in learning about Hippotherapy as a means of therapeutic services for Autism related therapy. I wanted to learn about the differences between Hippotherapy and equestrian therapy and it all seemed very confusing to me. So, I decided to go the horse’s mouth

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August 16, 2013

Hi, I am Leslie Burby, the Editor in Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine. Thanks for checking out our first podcast. I thought I would give some background information about why I interviewed Dr. John Pagano about the Autism Massage. Dr. John was introduced to me through a receptionist at my daughter’s previous occupational physical therapy

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August 12, 2013

  In the post we give a free mini issue of the magazine away. The article is written by Dr. Michael McManmon, Founder, College Internship Program (CIP) about techniques for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome often feel overwhelmed by their first attempts at independent living.  Attending college, making friends, and learning

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August 5, 2013

Featuring:The Thin-Red Line by Kim McCaffertyAutism & Wandering: 20 Ways To Help Ensure The Safety Of Our Autistic Loved Ones by Brenda Kosky DeskinThe Magic Number by S.R. Salas3 Ways 3 Says by Laurie JacobsAutism in the News  by Amy GreenbergA review of the go go blanket by Leslie BurbyThe Parental Hero Journey by Natalia ErenahBook in the Spotlight: Black and White:

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July 10, 2013

Leslie: So we are here today with Janet Grillo, and she is the writer, director and producer of the independent film, “Fly Away”. The movie explores the relationship between a mother and her teenage autistic daughter. The film has attained some rave reviews so far. Thank you for joining us today Janet! Janet Grillo: Well,

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July 4, 2013

Featuring:Vacation -The Big Green Monster  by Jamie ThomasThe 6 Weeks Holiday by B’s DadDisney on the Spectrum by Katherine ReschInterview with Janet Grillo writer and director of Fly Away the movie by Leslie A. BurbyAutism in the News: Carly by Mark BlakeyNot-So-Accommodating Accommodations by Jeannie Davide-RiveraBooks in the Spotlight: Starbrite Traveler by Jesemine Jones and Ida KeiperQ&A Section: Childhood Diagnosis by Leslie A.

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June 22, 2013

Child prodigies have long been a fascination that interests the crowds, but Professor Joanne Ruthsatz attributes child prodigies to being autistic.  Dr. Ruthsatz has studied child prodigies for over 15 years and recently has focused on Jacob Barnett. Jacob Barnett has just turned 15 years old but is in college acing his honors courses.  If he continues

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June 9, 2013

Often it is perceived that non verbal children with autism are mentally challenged and  have no hope of getting a job or expressing themselves. This story about Carly, changes everything. Carly experienced severe delays in the early part of her life which prevented her from walking and sitting up. Lacking the ability to speak she seemed

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June 7, 2013

Featuring:Instructions Not Included: When ASD Siblings Need Emotional Instruction by S.R. SalasWhere There’s Anger, There’s Fear by Ariane ZurcherInterview: Susan Louise Peterson by Leslie BurbyThe Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth by Kimberlee Rutan McCaffertyAutism in the News by Leslie BurbySiblings: A Plan for Them by Dr. Irene Schulz and Dr. Margaret S. TexidorBook

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June 3, 2013

Q&A What do I do when my child with Autism out grows the diapers in the store? This is the question as featured in Issue Number 6 and you may also find this article on finding big kid diapers helpful. Answer: If your child has an ASD diagnosis, then ask your pediatrician for a prescription for

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April 30, 2013

Featuring:Kids Cooperate-Social Sensory Cognition Therapy – An interview with Aaron WeintraubOn a scale of one to ten, tell me how much it hurts using Whatz-It by Lyndon OwenPractical Home-Based Tips and Tools for Children on the Autism Spectrum by Debi TaylorManaging Anxiety with children who have Autism by Ryan RivieraFree Visual Learning guide Suzies Toilet

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April 24, 2013

One of the practical ways that we can help reduce the effects of autism is diet. We are very big on the effects of diet at Autism Parenting magazine as a way to help work with Autism. Recent studies have indicated marked improvements in behavior and symptoms for children that have used a Casein and

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April 13, 2013

This issue features Hippotherapy and how it is helpful for children on the Autism Spectrum. Other article include:+Auditory Stimming – stuttering as a form of stimulation+Autism is like a cough, let me explain+The most important part of a parenting plan is YOU+Friend 2 Friend Centre: Social Play Groups+Autistic children proven to be more social with animal

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March 24, 2013

Issue 3 – A focus on the Parents of Children with Autism as well as Parents that have Autism Themselves.  How you can help a special needs Parent by Rob GorskiQ&A How to prepare yourself to parent when you have Autism by Leslie BurbyHow One mother of three copes by Leigh ForbesTips for Parents on the

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March 15, 2013

Stress runs high in the lives of parents with special-needs children, which is why we thought that we wanted to include a page that brings a smile to our face. Our children sometimes say and do funny things so we are asking that if you have any funny stories to share about your parenting experiences.

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February 18, 2013

Hi, my name is Leslie Burby and I thought that I would share my experience about how the autism massage helped my daughter Mary.  In the next edition of Autism Parenting Magazine, we will be doing an interview with Dr John Pagano who is a specialist in a special type of Qi Gong massage that

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February 18, 2013

In issue 2 we take a look at the effectiveness of visual schedules with pictures and how to create you own. We also feature the following articles: Training Public Professionals – Why should public professionals be knowledgeable about autism and How to get staff properly trained Dealing with Sensory Issues in Public  – Solutions to try

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