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Top autism articles previously published in Autism Parenting Magazine that focus on issues that affect people with autism, including Asperger’s syndrome. Articles include best ways to master skills and find everyday solutions.

Top 10 Benefits of Organized Recreation Programs for Children with Autism

Organized Autism Recreation Programs Benefits

Organized recreational programs are a wonderful outlet to help children gain several different skills all while having fun.  A child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can gain the kind of skills that are beneficial to his or her everyday life from a specialized program.  Since most children with autism attend a variety of therapy sessions, […]

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Love at First Sight – Making Romance Work When on the Spectrum


Three years after Tim Holt met Jamie Houghtelin at the San Diego Zoo, he placed a circle of roses on a patch of grass in the place they met, bent down on one knee, and proposed. She accepted and he placed an engagement ring on her finger. They married on Nov. 7, 2010, and recently […]

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Sensory Processing Difficulties – Dressing For Success


What is Sensory Processing disorder? Many children with Asperger’s syndrome experience sensory processing difficulties or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  Sensory processing is the neurological processing and interpretation of sensation within one’s own body and from the environment. In short, it is the brain’s organization and interpretation of the sensory input from everyday use. This is […]

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Dear Grandma and Grandpa – A Plea for Understanding

Dear Grandma and Grandpa, I know you think I’m rude sometimes. The last time you tried to take me to the movies I screamed and put my hands over my ears because it was too loud and you got mad at me and said I ruined the movie for my little sister. Afterwards, when I […]

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Can My Child Ever Learn to Live on His Own?


Parents often ask me “Can my child ever learn to live on his own?” The answer for many of these children is YES. The three main things that hold them back are: the limited expectations of those teaching them, the way we go about teaching, and not starting early enough to teach independent living. At […]

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How Do I Know if My Child Needs a Guardian?

autism child needs a guardian

The question of Guardianship usually occurs around the 18th birthday, due to the fact that in most states the legal age of majority is 18. This means that an individual who attains the age of 18 no longer needs parental consent. This lack of parental consent equates to a lack of parental protection, as well. […]

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Sensory Mood Lighting Can Help Calm and Soothe

Sensory Mood Lighting

Manchester-based lighting company Valuelights, part of the LSE Retail Group founded in 2011, recently ran a competition to raise awareness of how LED sensory mood lighting can have a positive, calming effect on children with autism; helping develop, balance and encourage creativity and well-being within the home. Research between lighting and autism has brought to […]

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A Journey Toward Understanding

The journey began many years ago when Rosie Barnes was lying in the grass with her 18-month-old son, Stanley. As they looked up at the sky they spotted a 747 flying overhead.  Keenly aware of its enormous size, Barnes was intrigued when Stanley referred to the jet as a “tiny plane.”  At the time, Stanley’s […]

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Pets and Social Skills…Make a Connection!

autism pets and social skills make a connection

Many studies have been conducted on the positive effect a pet can have on your health.  A pet can be comforting if you are upset, they can lighten your mood as you play with them, and of course you have their companionship and unconditional love. Studies have also shown that pets can help improve social […]

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Help: How Can the Newly Passed ABLE Act Help My Family?

Kim L. asks: “I heard the ABLE Act that was just passed can help save my family money but I’m not sure how it works. Could you please explain?” Kim, Thank you for the question. The ABLE Act was passed at the end of 2014.  The ABLE Act allows individuals who were deemed disabled before the age […]

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