6 Tips on How to Stop Inappropriate Laughter in Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-to-stop-inappropriate-laughter-autism/

6 Tips on How to Stop Inappropriate Laughter in Autism

Have you ever laughed at a time others might deem inappropriate? Do you remember the cause? It’s something many people experience in their lives, but inappropriate laughter is more common in people on the autism spectrum. What causes autistic children to experience inappropriate laughter? How can we help them recognize and address inappropriate laughter? There

Biting Nails in Autism: Causes and Management https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/biting-nails-in-autism/

Biting Nails in Autism: Causes and Management

When you get nervous or anxious, have you ever bitten your nails? It’s a common behavior for many people, depending on the circumstances they are facing. Nail biting in autism is often observed. It is often one of many stimming behaviors exhibited by autistic children. These repetitive behaviors can help fulfill a need for oral

Autism and Humming: Understanding Vocal Stims https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-humming/

Autism and Humming: Understanding Vocal Stims

We’ve all done it. We’ve all caught ourselves absent-mindedly humming a tune as we go about our day. But humming is also connected to autism spectrum disorder. It’s one of many repetitive behaviors that autistic children may perform for vocal stimming. Humming, in and of itself, is not necessarily a predictor of autism spectrum disorder,

Autism and Puberty Aggression: What You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-puberty-aggression/

Autism and Puberty Aggression: What You Need to Know

As a teenager going through puberty, I experienced a rough time. There were bouts of frustration, anger, and aggression. It was incredibly difficult to control my emotions. I remember it being some of the hardest transitions of my life, and I’m considered neurotypical. For children on the autism spectrum, that transition can be even more

Baby Hair-Pulling and Autism: Causes and Management https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/baby-hair-pulling-and-autism/

Baby Hair-Pulling and Autism: Causes and Management

Hair-pulling in autism can be a surprising, often distressing behavior experienced by some babies and children on the spectrum. According to researchers, self-injurious behavior, including hair-pulling, is common in people with autism, occurring more often in females. In fact, a study of 112 children suggested that hair-pulling in those with autism occurs at a rate

Managing Separation Anxiety in Autistic Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-separation-anxiety/

Managing Separation Anxiety in Autistic Children

Everyone in the world has experienced separation anxiety at some point in their life. For some, it may be their first trip to a sleepaway camp. For others, it may be leaving the nest for college or employment. But what about children with autism and separation anxiety? When a child with autism spectrum disorder experiences

Autism Elopement: Causes, Risks, and Prevention https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-elopement/

Autism Elopement: Causes, Risks, and Prevention

“Joey!” I went running out of my house, screaming my son’s name. While I was in the bathroom, he had learned how to unlock our deadbolt and was in the driveway headed for the street. It was one of the scariest moments of my life when I realized my son was not in the house.

A Child with Autism Still Wears Diapers? Here’s What to Do https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/still-wears-diapers-autism/

A Child with Autism Still Wears Diapers? Here’s What to Do

My eight-year-old son with autism still wears diapers or training pants, depending on what’s available. We have tried toilet training, and while he will sometimes go on the potty, it’s still one of the hardest struggles of his life. It can be hard to send him to school knowing how profound his needs are especially

Autistic Child Favors One Parent? Here’s Why! https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-child-favors-one-parent/

Autistic Child Favors One Parent? Here’s Why!

Many children love to cling to a parent. The parents are the first to show unconditional love, making the child feel safe with them. This can be heightened when the child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. While it’s common for kids to favor parents over other adults, sometimes an autistic child will favor

Covering Ears and Autism: Understanding Sensory Sensitivities https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/covering-ears-autism/

Covering Ears and Autism: Understanding Sensory Sensitivities

When you are in a loud place, do you cover your ears to try to muffle the sound? Covering your ears can make a loud place more bearable. For children with autism, the need to cover their ears may be more prevalent as places that don’t seem loud to neurotypical people may sound loud to

Why Do Autistic People Talk to Themselves? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-people-talk-to-themselves/

Why Do Autistic People Talk to Themselves?

Have you ever walked by someone and heard them talking to themselves? Have you ever noticed self-talk more in children, especially those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder? Why do autistic people seem to talk to themselves more than others? There are many factors influencing self-talk, whether someone is on the autism spectrum or neurotypical. Let’s

Why Do Children with Autism Like Spinning Around in Circles?

Why Do Children with Autism Like Spinning Around in Circles?

Witnessing a child with autism spectrum disorder engaging in repetitive movements can be a common sight for many parents and caregivers. An autistic child spinning around in circles is a prime example. This behavior, often a form of self-stimulatory behavior or “autistic stimming,” is not a quirk but a meaningful way for the autistic child

Autism and Paranoia: Is There a Connection? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-paranoia-connection/

Autism and Paranoia: Is There a Connection?

When we look at persons with autism, we tend to focus on the social challenges they bravely face daily.  What is less looked upon is that many of those with ASD tend to have significant and unusual fears that can impact their daily functioning. But is there a connection between autism and paranoia?  In studies,

Autistic Child Refuses to do Anything? Here's how to help autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-child-refuses-to-do-anything/

Autistic Child Refuses To Do Anything? Here’s How to Help

As parents, it can be very difficult to get your children to do something you ask them to do. When you add in an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, that difficulty tends to skyrocket. This can create problems both at school and at home. So, what do you do when your autistic child refuses to do

Maladaptive Daydreaming and Autism: What’s the Link? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/maladaptive-daydreaming-autism/

Maladaptive Daydreaming and Autism: What’s the Link?

We are all “guilty” of letting our minds wander and daydream. Sometimes, however, daydreaming spills over its boundaries and becomes maladaptive and disruptive in nature. For autistic individuals, this can be really challenging to deal with. Naturally, you begin to wonder: is there a link between maladaptive daydreaming and autism? Daydreaming can serve an important

Managing Behavior in an Overly Affectionate Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/overly-affectionate-autistic-child/

Managing Behavior in an Overly Affectionate Autistic Child

Having an overly affectionate autistic child can sometimes make it difficult to meet their social and emotional needs. Parents, teachers, or peers may struggle to identify the needs of autistic children, causing the individual to engage in behavior that may feel uncomfortable to some in school or home settings. For other parents, the behavior can

How to Get an Autistic Child to Listen https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/get-autistic-child-to-listen/

How to Get an Autistic Child to Listen

Gaining cooperation from any child can be a challenge. In the midst of the daily struggle to get through the schedule, many parents find themselves struggling with how to get an autistic child to listen or follow directions. As frustrating as these moments can be, there are ways of meeting your child where they are

Rolling Eyes Upward and Autism: Is There a Link?

Rolling Eyes Upward and Autism: Is There a Link?

Have you ever noticed your child’s eyes rolling upward? If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, it can be jarring to see these eye movements. It can lead to many questions about whether this behavior is out of the ordinary and if there’s a connection between rolling eyes upward and autism. Eye

Autism Pinching Behavior: Causes and Management https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-pinching-behavior/

Autism Pinching Behavior: Causes and Management

Have you ever said to a child, “Don’t pinch!” It’s something that many children pick up over time. However, when a child with autism begins pinching, it can be a bit tougher to get them to stop. Autism pinching behavior can become a stim that children with autism use as a coping mechanism. Still, pinching

Autism Hyperfixation: What You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-hyperfixation/

Autism Hyperfixation: What You Need to Know

My son loves to play chess. He can see the entire board and can even beat his teachers blindfolded. However, when he’s focused on chess, he tends to ignore anyone or anything around him. This is an example of his autism hyperfixation, which is defined as an intense state of concentration and focus. While an

Excessive Blinking in Children with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/excessive-blinking-autism/

Excessive Blinking in Children with Autism

Do you ever watch your child with autism begin to blink excessively? Well, you’re not alone. Many parents are puzzled by this behavior. Understanding the nature of autism blinking is crucial in providing support and assistance. Excessive blinking can manifest in various forms and intensities among individuals on the spectrum, making it a complex issue.

Is There Such A Thing As An ‘Autism Foot Obsession?’ https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-foot-obsession/

Is There Such A Thing As An ‘Autism Foot Obsession?’

Special interests and repetitive behaviors can span to reach different interests, autism and foot obsession, collecting garbage, and other interests that others may not understand. Parents can start to wonder why their autistic child has these behaviors and interests and if there is something they can do about them. Why is your child fascinated by

The Link Between Autism and Taking Pictures https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-taking-pictures/

The Link Between Autism and Taking Pictures

Say “cheese!” Taking pictures is a way to capture memories we want to keep forever. But when we look back at the pictures, there’s almost always a story of challenges. With autism and taking pictures, there are many of them. This is especially true for parents of children on the autism spectrum, whether it’s professional

Here’s Why an Autism Routine is Important

An autism routine can make a significant impact on the everyday life and overall well-being of children on the spectrum. Creating and establishing routines can provide structure and a genuine sense of stability with the knowledge of what will happen next. There are daily activities that can be upsetting when unexpected changes occur. To help

Is There Such a Thing As an 'Autism Stare'? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-stare/

Is There Such a Thing As an ‘Autism Stare’?

There are times when my son just stares off blankly into space. He is on the autism spectrum. While he is usually into everything, occasionally, when he calms down and stops for a second, he does what some will call an autistic stare. But why does he do that?  Why does someone who insists on

Autism vs Shyness: Know the Difference https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-shyness-difference/

Autism vs Shyness: Know the Difference

Lack of interaction with peers, looking away, and not responding when someone is talking to them can leave parents and practitioners wondering whether a child could be displaying autism vs shy behaviors. In instances like this, it’s important to distinguish between what could be considered typical shyness and symptoms of autism. An important note is

Emotional Regulation 25 Ways to Help Your Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/help-child-with-emotional-regulation/

Emotional Regulation: 25 Ways to Help Your Autistic Child

In April 2023, my son had one of the worst meltdowns I could remember. He was screaming, running, crying, throwing himself on the ground, and was generally inconsolable. He struggled with emotional regulation at that moment.  See, his routine had been thrown off. But how do you help an autistic child regulate emotions in such

20 Facts About Behavioral Assessments For Children With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/facts-about-behavioral-assessments/

20 Facts About Behavioral Assessments For Children With Autism

Imagine you pick your child up from school, go through her bag and find a letter from her teacher. You see the phrases flash before your eyes: “disruptive in class,” “hit a classmate,” and “damaged school property.”  Naturally, you are very concerned about your child’s behavior and wonder what you can do next. For many

Targeting The Gut To Treat Irritability Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/treat-irritability-associated-with-autism/

Targeting The Gut To Treat Irritability Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Have you heard about the gut-brain connection in autism? Researchers have discovered that there may be a link between gut bacteria (the microbiome) and the brain, which could contribute to certain challenging behaviors, such as aggression, emotional meltdowns, and self-injury, in autism. For many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), coping with irritability is an

What Do I Do For My Child Diagnosed with Autism? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-diagnosed-with-autism/

What Do I Do For My Child Diagnosed with Autism?

As a parent with a child newly diagnosed with autism, it can be easy to ask yourself, “What do I do for my child diagnosed with autism?” This is a reaction that is to be expected and can be followed with overwhelming feelings and a lot of questions. The good news is that parents don’t