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Amy KD Tobik

Amy KD Tobik, Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine, has more than 30 years of experience as a published writer and editor. A graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Amy’s background includes magazine, newspaper, and book publishing. As a special needs advocate and editor, she coordinates with more than 300 doctors, autism specialists, and researchers to ensure people diagnosed with autism receive the services and supports they need for life. She has two adult children and lives in the Carolinas with her husband.

Autism Warrior Siena Castellon Passionate Teen Helps Young People With Learning Differences

Autism Warrior Siena Castellon Passionate Teen Helps Young People With Learning Differences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/siena-castellon-young-people-learning/

Autism Warrior: Siena Castellon Creator of www.QLMentoring.com, a fun and engaging website designed by a teen to provide mentoring, support, resources and information specifically tailored for autistic youth and children with learning differences. Siena is autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic. She also has ADHD. When Siena was 13 years old, she searched online for information about […]

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Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman Courageous Boy Shares What Life is Like With Asperger’s

Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman Courageous Boy Shares What Life is Like With Asperger's https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/courageous-boy-shares-life-aspergers/

Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman Eleven-year-old author of the honest narrative called Invisible Me which explores the challenges of being different as well as how to live life to the fullest. Accomplishments: Tyler said he feels his biggest achievement to date is he now has the courage to stand up and say “this is me.” He […]

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19 Tips for Easing the Transition to a New School Year

19 Tips for Easing the Transition to a New School Year https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/easing-transition-new-school-year/

As the relaxed summer days come to an end and the school start date nears, it’s only natural for an entire family to feel a bit apprehensive. From new classrooms and teachers to shifting routines, rules and expectations, heading back to school can seem overwhelming at times – especially for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). […]

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Autism Warrior: Angeline Francis Khoo Luxury Designer Empowers People With Special Needs With Training And Jobs

Autism Warrior: Angeline Francis Khoo Luxury Designer Empowers People With Special Needs With Training And Jobs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/empowers-people-training-and-jobs/

Angeline Francis Khoo is the founder of Rosie On Fire, a fashion company dedicated to hiring people with autism into roles that play to their strengths. She said was inspired to provide these opportunities after seeing her siblings, who are on the autism spectrum, overlooked in the job market. “We do this by focusing on creating […]

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Supermom Shanté Harris-Superville —Putting a FACE to Autism

Supermom Shanté Harris-Superville —Putting a FACE to Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/supermom-putting-face-to-autism/

When life becomes gets tough, Shanté Harris-Superville doesn’t back down — instead she meets it head on. This self-described cancer survivor, registered nurse in training, respite care provider, wheelchair dance instructor, cooking instructor for adults with ASD, wife, and the proud mother of an eight-year-old boy named Dylan with autism wouldn’t have it any other way. […]

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Sesame Street and APM Bring Families Together For Autism Awareness

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, Autism Parenting Magazine connected with Sesame Workshop as we share the same goal: autism understanding, awareness, and acceptance. Take a look as Sesame Street highlighted an APM exclusive Special Mom and Son Time: Talking Heroes and Muppets about a mother and son who shared precious time discussing the need […]

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An Exclusive Talk With Temple Grandin on the Benefits of ASD Conferences

An Exclusive Talk With Temple Grandin on the Benefits of ASD Conferences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/exclusive-talk-with-temple-grandin/

Over the past few decades, Dr. Temple Grandin has become a respected speaker, author, and prominent advocate for autistic populations. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two and nonverbal until she was four years old, Grandin’s childhood was enriched by one-on-one speech therapy and the extra assistance of a caregiver. With a degree in […]

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Meet Richie Smith – A Remarkable Man With Big Ambitions

Meet Richie Smith - A Remarkable Man With Big Ambitions https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/remarkable-man-with-big-ambitions/

Richie Smith is a managing director of Awesometistic, a unique autism training business. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 33 years old, Richie’s goal is to generate autism understanding and acceptance wherever he goes. Can you share with me what life was like growing up without an official autism diagnosis? Growing up without a diagnosis […]

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An Exclusive Holiday Round-Up: The Special Ways Autism Families Celebrate the Holidays

An Exclusive Holiday Round-Up: The Special Ways Autism Families Celebrate the Holidays https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-families-celebrate-the-holidays/

What does your holiday season look like? Does your family participate in a large family gathering far away, or do you prefer something quieter and more personal close to home? Are you relaxed during the festivities or do you spend the whole day stressed out wishing for a few minutes of calm and understanding? As […]

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