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Angelina M.

Angelina M., MS, BCBA, LMFT works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, specializing in assessing and treating children and adolescents with autism, down-syndrome, and other developmental delays. She began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2006, following her youngest brother’s autism diagnosis, and has since worked with dozens of children and families. She also writes a blog about her experiences as both a professional and a big sister. Her brother, Dylan, remains her most powerful inspiration for helping others who face similar challenges.  Learn more about Angelina and her blog, The Autism Onion, at www.theautismonion.com or www.facebook.com/theautismonion

HELP: How Can I Make Bath Time a Positive Experience With Special Needs?

HELP: How Can I Make Bath Time a Positive Experience With Special Needs? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/bath-time-with-special-needs/

How can I make bath time more fun? My child hates taking a bath and it’s a nightly battle in our home.  — Raja Hi Raja, Why don’t kids appreciate a warm bath the way we do!? It is so tough when daily tasks are a fight and I can empathize with the dread you […]

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HELP: How Do I Help My Autistic Teen Find the Best Job?

HELP: How Do I Help My Autistic Teen Find the Best Job? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-looks-for-employment/

Can you give me some advice on teaching vocational skills to those with autism?– Karen Hi Karen, This is such an important topic. Research indicates that up to 85% of those with autism are unemployed or under-employed! The areas of difficulty for our teens and young adults on the spectrum are obvious: communication struggles, social […]

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HELP: My Autistic Teen Keeps Picking Fights with Me

HELP: My Autistic Teen Keeps Picking Fights with Me https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-keeps-picking-fights/

I have a 13-year-old son with autism and have been trying to learn how to work with him, to understand him, and I just don’t get it.  When I’m at home, he just wants to pick a fight with me, and then when I walk away from him, he wants to follow me. Please help!—Troy […]

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My Little Boy is Showing Masturbatory Behaviors

HELP: My Little Boy is Showing Masturbatory Behaviors https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-boy-showing-masturbatory-behaviors

I am a mother of a five-year-old autistic boy. Even though he is attending occupational therapy sessions, he is showing masturbatory behavior at times. Do you have any suggestions or tips for controlling these behaviors? — Jan Hi Jan, There’s something we need to get out of the way before going any further…these behaviors are […]

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My Bright Grandson Struggles in the Classroom

My 6-year-old grandson has autism and struggles in school. He isn’t doing is work in the classroom but can play spelling and math games on his iPad. He has a very sharp memory but just can’t seem to focus at school. Any suggestions? — Barb Hey Barb, your grandson sounds like so many children I […]

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HELP: How Can I Promote A Sibling Bond When One Child Has Autism?

HELP: How Can I Promote A Sibling Bond When One Child Has Autism? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/promote-sibling-bond-autism/

My 8-year-old son with autism loves his little brother and wants to play with him, but he has difficulty sharing, is overly-affectionate, and his screaming is so off-putting. How can I encourage their relationship as siblings? – Priya Hi Priya, I love that you want to help foster the brotherly bond between your boys! It […]

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HELP: I Need to Know How to Encourage Mindfulness in My Child

HELP: I Need to Know How to Encourage Mindfulness in My Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/i-need-to-know-how-to-encourage-mindfulness-in-my-child

How can I encourage mindfulness in my autistic son? People with autism may often appear unaware, aloof or trapped in their own worlds. Teaching them to be present and aware of themselves and their surroundings can be challenging because, for so many of our kiddos on the spectrum, this can be very overwhelming.  Oftentimes, those […]

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HELP: My 20-Year-Old Son Cannot Control Meltdowns

HELP: My 20-Year-Old Son Cannot Control Meltdowns https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/20-year-old-son-cannot-control-meltdowns

I have a 20-year-old son with Asperger’s syndrome.  He has just started the workforce and tried college but failed all of his classes. He was recently laid off from his employment and is now on unemployment.  He lives in his own apartment and pays his own bills. The problem I’m having is he has meltdowns almost […]

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HELP: My Child With Autism Needs Useful Self-Care Advice

HELP: My Child With Autism Needs Useful Self-Care Advice https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/my-child-needs-useful-self-care-advice

My daughter is going on six years old and we are still struggling with getting her to use the bathroom and brush her teeth. Can you help? – Eddie Hi Eddie, It sounds like your main concerns are self-care related. These skills can be challenging to teach to special needs children because they involve a […]

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