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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.

Valuable Ways to Prepare Your Child with Autism for a Hospital Stay

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Four years ago I had the terrible experience of taking my son, Sebastian, for an extended hospital stay.  The day was like any other in upstate NY, snowy, cold, and we were rugged up in layers of clothes to stay warm.  Sebastian has always had a great sense of play but this day he seemed […]

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How to Take the Worry Out of Appointments with Your ASD Child

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Do you dread taking your child with ASD to the dentist? Is a trip to get a haircut out of the question? Try using the 3 P’s: Pretend, Practice, and Pair to take the sting out of necessary outings. With a little time and preparation, kids on the spectrum of all ages and skill levels can learn to […]

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Advice on How the Thyroid/Autism Connection Can Make a Difference

Advice On How Thyroid and Autism Connection Makes A Difference

During my years as a physician I have had the privilege to work with many families and their autistic children. In my experience, nearly three-quarters of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have low thyroid function.  With proper treatment, we often see significant gains in speech, language, eye contact, motor function, growth, GI function […]

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Father of Six Shares Valuable Life Message The “REAL” Reward

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Quite a few years back (before I even HAD children affected by autism) my wife took a sledgehammer to my head. Not literally, but nonetheless, it left me reeling and dizzy about my personal philosophy on raising my kids. You see, I had been out in public making statements that she was NOT happy with […]

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How to Help Your ASD Child Navigate Through Life

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I find that a large portion of my day is spent running on auto-pilot. I don’t really think about getting dressed, taking a shower, feeding the cat, driving to work, and so on.  I react to what I encounter in my environment almost instinctively, nailed down by habit, and granted … all of it seems […]

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5 Special Things You Might Not Know About Autism

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Autism is a very complicated subject, impossible to explain with any real depth in a single book or especially in one short blog post. The spectrum means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and there’s a whole lot to learn about it. In my eyes, though, there are a few […]

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Outstanding Tips You’ll Love for Therapy On The Run

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Every parent’s goal is to have their child generalize the things they learn in therapy to their everyday lives, but that’s exactly the problem, the learning occurs in therapy and then we all go back to our everyday lives.  All too often there is no crossover.  Instead, there is the illusion that therapy needs to […]

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Autism – The Silent Ruler

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I struggle to fit in with some children at school, I don’t really know if this should be the rule? I understand I’m different at times but I still have feelings and I want to be kind, “Just calm yourself down love give your arms a wee rest,” my dear sweet mum, she’s doing her […]

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Workplace Opportunities For All People On The Spectrum

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If you are the parent of a teenager with autism you may have already begun to think about what adulthood will bring for your child with respect to viable living options, access to necessary services and social opportunities. If you are the parent of a “high-functioning” teen, you may allow yourself to picture a future […]

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Brain Balance Takes a Look at the Challenge of Sensory Processing Disorder

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“I can’t wear those jeans!” “No, I won’t eat mashed potatoes!” “Agh, don’t make me touch that!” These statements and tantrums are often how Sensory Processing Disorder shows itself in a child.   Sensory processing is the brain’s recognition of receptor (eyes, nose, skin, taste, vestibular, etc.) driven input, and the interpretation, integration, and prioritizing of […]

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