Consider the child when purchasing a gift. Just as you wouldn’t buy a truck for a Barbie loving little girl – nor should you purchase a 8+ science kit for a child with a cognitive ability of a three year old. I’ve often had people come right out and ask me, “What do I buy

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Interview with Dr. Maria Wynne Leslie Burby: Hi, thanks for joining me, I’m Leslie Burby, editor-in-chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and today we are here with Dr. Maria Wynne of Wynne Solutions and today we are going to talk about Tele-health. Thanks for joining me today doctor. Dr. Maria Wynne: Thanks for having me. Leslie

I noticed this summer that beanbags have made a comeback in society. In my family, they are somewhat of a staple. My two children that are on the spectrum have a tendency to throw. I learned when my oldest was young that bean bags help lessen the incidence of throwing. Therapists suggested buying a bean

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Sensory Corner While planning sensory activities for the Activities 4 All Abilities class that I hold, I stumbled upon www.HouseofBurke.blogspot.com. She had the great idea of combining sand with paint. In the summer I fully support my kids getting messy and then washing them off with the hose.  I liked her idea because it didn’t

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 If you would like to buy a single issue you can buy it using our iOS App or get a PDF version on gumroad at https://gum.co/kqfz Alternatively if you would like to get these automatically delivered to you, you can get a subscription emailed to you by subscribing at https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/pdfsubscription/ Issue 20 features:Bike to the Future by Eric Chessen10 Things

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Sensory Corner One of the greatest things you can do with your child is play. If they have sensory sensitivities, then helping them with sensory regulation through play is even more important to your child’s development.  Below are some fun ways to incorporate sensory play while playing with your kid/s. Flour One of the biggest

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Editor’s Letter It has been a tough month for the autism community being cast in a negative light.  Choosing which language to use is extremely important!  In the past month, someone commented on how we should stop using the term Asperger’s because it doesn’t exist anymore. To that I would like to explain: 1. I ask

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How to Get Paid for Helping a Disabled Child in the Home by Leslie Burby   Instructions Call or visit your state’s disability state council. To find your state’s disability council click the link – http://www.nacdd.org/about-nacdd/council-listings-map.aspx#Connecticut Get the grant application forms that fit you and your family’s specific needs from the Vocational Rehabilitation and Public

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Interview with Aaron Weintraub by Leslie Burby   Leslie Burby: Today is April 18th, 2013, and I am here with Aaron Weintraub the Director of Kids Cooperate a Connecticut social skills group http://kidscooperate.com.  How did you come to create Kids Cooperate? Aaron Weintraub: My background is in Human Development. I attended the University of Vermont,

Trigger Warning: Parts of this article are scary and detail specific accounts of torture including the video. For many years the Judge Rotenberg Center, a “special needs day, respite and residential school” for children ages three to adult, has been under investigation for “highly abusive and questionable interventions” used on students and now there is

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 Editor’s Letter Dear Readers, I’m not sure if Screen-Free Week is an American thing to get children away from watching TV and playing video games or if it is worldwide, but my children have been challenged by their school to get creative to keep all their screens (iPad, tablet, computer, and television) off.  One day in an

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Product Review: Raise Your Rainbow I get sent products to review at least once a month and morally I will not review a product that I don’t believe in or think is beneficial. I consider price, is it easy to use, are the people from the company friendly and easy to work with, is it

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Book Review by Leslie Burby When the School Says No…How to Get the Yes! By: Vaughn K. Lauer I have to say I was eager to read this book, not that I’m not excited about every book that I’m sent but as a former special educator and now as a mother that joins a PPT

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Question: How can I make hair washing less of a struggle? Answer: Ask your child (if possible) using pictures, videos on You Tube, text etc. what they don’t like about hair washing. Based on my research and speaking with several people on the spectrum this is what I have found: For some it is the

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 Editor’s Letter Dear Readers, I did something that I rarely ever do this month; I watched TV. One night my husband and I decided to not work and sat down on the TV in hopes to find something to watch. He settled on Dancing with the Stars so I sat and watched in revelry missing the days

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Leslie Burby: Hi, I am Leslie Burby, Editor in Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine, and I am here with Bushy Van Eck.Thank you so much for joining me today. Bushy Van Eck: Thanks Leslie, thank you for inviting me, I treat it as a great honor to be on your show.   LB: Thank you

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Last month we explained the problems we were having producing a cost effective print magazine. As a small niche magazine that is self funded, we don’t have the resources to do full scale print runs to keep the costs down. Many traditional paper magazine publishers are going out of business due to the costs of

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Any parent of child on the spectrum knows that getting dressed is a huge task.  I thought I’d share some useful tips and tools that I have learned along the way that has made dressing a little easier.  As with everything, try what you think is best for you and your child. 1.     Picture charts

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 Editor’s Letter Dear Readers, When my daughters were young I found it impossible to join groups or activities. My daughters were born only twelve months apart and for most events there needed to be a 1:1 ratio of parent to child. Plus I could only go to locations that were big enough to have an elevator to

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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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Autism in the Blood? by Leslie Burby 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

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 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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Everyday tasks can prove to be a challenge with an autistic child because they 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 tasks that so many of

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We are proud to announce the release of Leslie Burby’s latest book, Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies. The book provides a practical guide about how to identify the early signs in:· Speech Repetition Play Fixations Gastrointestinal complications Feeding Sensory Processing It highlights the developmental milestones that your child should be reaching from

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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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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  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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Candace Waters -Nonverbal Autistic Artistby Leslie BurbyWhen 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 of age. 

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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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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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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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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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  KinderKord by Joan Lunden   KinderKord is a wrist to wrist connection for you and your child which leaves your hands free–while keeping your child physically connected to you.   Backstory: The KinderKord was invented by Joan Lunden and her husband Jeffrey Konigsburg when concerned about keeping their two sets of twins safe. The only option

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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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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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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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  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

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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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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

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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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