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Calleen Petersen

Calleen Petersen says she's an ordinary mom who has a child with autism, and a husband in law enforcement and the military. She spends her spare time advocating for special needs families. Calleen writes about her family’s life and her thoughts while residing in Washington State. For more information visit www.anordinarymom.site

Are Charter Schools A Good Option For Kids With Special Needs?

Are Charter Schools A Good Option For Kids With Special Needs? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/option-for-kids-with-autism/

Most parents of children with autism are actively and constantly seeking ways to help their children better. Not necessarily to “cure” them, but to help them better function in life and live it to the fullest. We spend a lot of time researching. We spend a lot of time at doctors’ offices, therapies, and Individualized […]

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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 […]

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Changing the Way We Celebrate Birthdays with Autism

Changing the Way We Celebrate Birthdays with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/celebrate-birthdays-with-autism/

Birthdays can be hard for my family. My son has autism and with it comes difficulty connecting with others. He’s always wanted to play with other kids, but he lacked the social skills to navigate friendship and play. He doesn’t process things quickly enough due to a processing disorder, so when kids are asking him […]

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