Five Strengths of Autistic Individuals https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/five-autistic-strengths/
Autism Advocacy

Five Strengths of Autistic Individuals

When a child has been diagnosed with autism, it may feel like every behavior is being closely observed and documented. We track every move and follow the recommendations from the pediatrician and therapists, and it can be exhausting. Let’s take some time to focus on the strengths of autistic individuals. Here are the top five

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6 Things You Can Do to Support Children on the Autism Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/supporting-children-with-autism/
Autism Advocacy

6 Things You Can Do to Support Children on the Autism Spectrum

Navigating life’s challenges can be tough for everyone, but for children on the autism spectrum, the journey comes with its own set of difficulties. From struggling to fit in and make friends at school to feeling overwhelmed in social situations, the journey for these kids can often feel isolating. As a parent of two autistic

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7 Autism Awareness Activities That Will Help You Make a Difference https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-awareness-activities/
Autism Advocacy

7 Autism Awareness Activities That Will Help You Make a Difference

April is Autism Acceptance Month. It began as Autism Awareness Month in the 1970s before transitioning to Autism Acceptance Month in 2021. It’s a time of year when autism spectrum disorder gets a stronger focus from the world at large. As part of this month, there are many autism awareness activities the community can participate

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How to Support ASD Families on World Autism Awareness Day https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/supporting-families-autism-awareness-day/
Autism Advocacy

How to Support ASD Families on World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized annual event celebrated on April 2, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about individuals with autism throughout the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in council on November 1, 2007, and adopted on December 18, 2007. Let’s learn more about

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A Look into the Inspiring World of Women on the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/women-on-the-spectrum/
Autism Advocacy

A Look into the Inspiring World of Women on the Autism Spectrum

We all know that the month of March celebrates the rights of women. It is a month that brings awareness to the need for equality and honoring women’s achievements throughout the world. Understanding and appreciating women on the spectrum is crucial for all of us. Their contributions in supporting others on the spectrum and enriching

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What Is Autism Advocacy, and Why Is It Important? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-advocacy-importance/
Autism Advocacy

What Is Autism Advocacy, and Why Is It Important?

For many parents, the autism advocacy journey often begins upon learning of their child’s autism diagnosis. After figuring out what is best for their child, one of the first thoughts is how to make the world a better place for others on the spectrum. In a way, autism parents are often the first and most

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Autism Memes: Offensive Or Relatable? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-memes/
Autism Advocacy

Autism Memes: Offensive Or Relatable?

As you scroll through your social media, your algorithm is filled with autism advice and stories other parents and experts share. A couple of autism memes pop up, and you’re stuck in a dilemma: should you find them funny just because they’re relatable? These pictures highlighting a particular topic can be funny and offensive to

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Neurotypical vs Neurodivergent: What Is The Difference? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/neurotypical-vs-neurodivergent/
Autism Advocacy

Neurotypical vs Neurodivergent: What Is The Difference?

During a long-time friend and co-worker conversation, I described my son, Joey, as “neurodivergent.” That led to an interesting discussion about neurotypical vs neurodivergent regarding terms used to describe people with autism spectrum disorders. She asked about these terms, what they mean, and what it means to identify as a neurotypical person or neurodivergent. Her

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10 TV Characters With Autism Spectrum Disorder https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/characters-with-autism/
Autism Advocacy

10 TV Characters With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Television characters with autism have come a long way over the years. When I was a kid, there was very little representation of children on the autism spectrum. Most autistic characters were resented as savants who could do almost anything.  While there is a broader representation today with more autistic traits being shown, the entertainment

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Celebrating Neurodiversity: Challenging 7 Stereotypes https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/neurodiversity-stereotypes/
Autism Advocacy

Celebrating Neurodiversity: Challenging 7 Stereotypes

We hear it on television, in magazines, and on the radio… Everywhere people are talking about celebrating neurodiversity. But what does it mean, and are there stereotypes or misconceptions associated with it?  After all, the term was only coined in 1998 by sociologist Judy Singer, and it can refer to a diverse range of conditions,

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25 Prominent Autism Researchers In The World https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/world-most-prominent-autism-researchers/
Autism Advocacy

25 Prominent Autism Researchers In The World

For any parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s essential to keep up with some of the fantastic research findings connected to ASD. Much of it is innovative, and almost all of it is informative. Autism research has come a long way from when those in the autistic community were shunned. But

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Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-acceptance-month/
Autism Advocacy

Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. It’s the time of year when we put an extra focus on Autism spectrum disorders and those affected by it. It helps bring the autism community together with walks and events that help autistic kids and their families get to know each other. But, most importantly, it helps put a

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An AUTISM interview with Rose Morris
Autism Advocacy

An Autism Interview with Rose Morris

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Rose Morris is the founder and president of Abram’s Nation and a mother who was driven by the relentless pursuit

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Autism Evolution: Uncovering the History of ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-spectrum-history/
Autism Advocacy

Autism Evolution: Uncovering the History of ASD

Owen sat in the school psychologist office, the remnants of a torrent of tears still on his face from his recent meltdown. Ms Field held up two corks, tucked them in between her thumbs and forefingers and said, “Owen, watch this.” She then turned her hands to the sides and switched the corks to the

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Parents, Do You Wonder What It's Like to Have Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/what-is-like-having-autism/
Autism Advocacy

Parents, Do You Wonder What It’s Like to Have Autism?

What’s it like to have autism? I have often found myself wondering this when out and about with my children, watching them interact with the world. I am a parent of someone diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and have found myself watching videos by autistic people, and reading some books written by autistic people to

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What it Means to Be Autistic https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/what-being-autistic-means/
Autism Advocacy

What it Means to Be Autistic

I’m standing in a room full of people who are cheering, laughing, and collectively enjoying an extremely noisy event. Suddenly, I feel very ill, and I know I am in danger. My attempts at getting the attention of the people around me fail, they are busy and it is too loud. In that moment it

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Autism Warrior: Stephanie Smith A Woman Driven by the Passion to Create Change
Autism Advocacy

Autism Warrior: Stephanie Smith A Woman Driven by the Passion to Create Change

Meet Stephanie Smith, a woman driven by her passion to create change in the autism community through education. Stephanie Smith is the recently appointed Deputy Headteacher at The Cavendish School, a state-maintained special free school for young people with autism in the UK—and the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school. Stephanie has been

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Symbols for Autism: What Do They Mean? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-symbols/
Autism Advocacy

Symbols for Autism: What Do They Mean?

What do you picture in your mind when you hear the phrase “symbols for autism”? It might be the puzzle piece, the color blue, the infinity sign, or maybe the butterfly. This article will discuss some of these symbols, what they mean, and how autistic advocates feel about their usage.  When researching for this article,

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Unveiling Some of the Top Autism Documentaries and Films https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/top-autism-films
Autism Advocacy

Unveiling Some of the Top Autism Documentaries and Films

For years documentaries have been used as an educational resource to teach about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but the number of titles have been limited. As the rate of autism diagnoses increases, more and more parents are looking to equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible. The thing is, there is now so much

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An AUTISM interview with John Hale
Autism Advocacy

An AUTISM interview with John Hale

Encouragement speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to offer readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. John Hale was born in Dallas, TX. He is 52 years old and has a wife and three kids, all

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Autism Statistics https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-statistics/
Autism Advocacy, Autism Diagnosis, Autism News

Autism Statistics You Need To Know in 2024

When your child is diagnosed with autism, it can feel very lonely. But knowing the latest autism statistics can make you feel less isolated. You will soon realize you are part of a much bigger autism community.  The latest research in 2023 from the CDC shows that one in 36 children is now diagnosed with

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Autism Charities: Resources for Families Seeking Support https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-charities-resources/
Autism Advocacy

Autism Charities: Resources for Families Seeking Support

Autism charities are found world-wide. They can help with the support of children living with autism and their families, funding for autism professionals, caregivers, and their organizations, etc. Within this article there are charities listed that help and promote autism awareness. Also listed is how to contact them, get involved, and donate to them, as

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An AUTISM Interview with Lisa Steppan
Autism Advocacy

An AUTISM Interview with Lisa Steppan

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Lisa Steppan is a single mother of 16-year-old Sam, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the age

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Autism Warrior: John Vento Creating Rhythm Across The Spectrum
Autism Advocacy

Autism Warrior: John Vento Creating Rhythm Across The Spectrum

Meet John Vento, co-founder of Band Together Pittsburgh, who uses music to bring change into the lives of people on the spectrum. Music is one of many ways to unite people, regardless of culture, language, ethnic background, or intellectual ability. John Vento is a musician and business owner who brings programs to individuals on the

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A look at the prevalence of autism in South Africa and the challenges affecting families in need of therapies and support.
Autism Advocacy

Autism in South Africa: Building Greater Awareness and Support

A look at the prevalence of autism in South Africa and the challenges affecting families in need of therapies and support. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects individuals regardless of culture, ethnicity, or economic status. Unfortunately, most of the research studies on the prevalence of autism, diagnostic traits of autism, and its impact on life and

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Autism Advocacy, General

Autism in Africa: the Long Road to Acceptance

This article sheds light on the reality of life for many individuals on the spectrum in Nigeria and other African countries.  Efforts to bring autism into the open are only just beginning in many parts of Africa. Such efforts are mainly championed by different organizations across the continent working to demystify and deepen understanding of

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Read on for suggestions about which therapies to use for your child  and how much therapy is sufficient.
Autism Advocacy, General

Therapy? Which One and How Much is Too Much?

Read on for suggestions about which therapies to use for your child  and how much therapy is sufficient. I’ve been working with parents and families for nearly two decades. I have not, in all these years, met a mom or dad that said: “Parenting is a piece of cake!”  It is the most important, yet

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Autism Advocacy, General

How Autism is Perceived in Different Cultures

A traveler shares her perspectives on how autism is understood by people across the globe.  Due to the nature of my work, I have been fortunate to visit over 70 countries. I have also lived in four different countries on three continents.  You can read about a destination, however, an actual visit is the only

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Combating Autistic Discrimination in the Workplace
Autism Advocacy

Combating Autistic Discrimination in the Workplace

As an autistic person growing up, I quickly learned that discrimination was going to be a part of life that I would have to find ways to cope with. Upon leaving education I was fired from a range of jobs for being “too slow” and lacking social interaction. A survey conducted by the Office for

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