Autism Social Worker: How They Can Help https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-social-worker/

Autism Social Worker: How They Can Help

Have you ever struggled with setting up appointments for doctors, therapists, or insurance for your child on the autism spectrum? Does that leave you concerned about what will happen to them when you can no longer advocate for them? That’s where an autism social worker comes into play. Whether it’s making sure those with an

Autism Transitions and How to Manage Them https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/managing-autism-transitions/

Autism Transitions and How to Manage Them

Life is filled with transitions — be it changing schools, moving to a new home, shifting careers, or experiencing the loss of a parent. These shifts are inherent in our journey, shaping our experiences and guiding us through various stages of life. However, for people with autism, transitions can be a lot harder to manage. 

Is There Such a Thing as 'Female Autism'? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/female-autism/

Is There Such a Thing as ‘Female Autism’?

Since autism is a spectrum disorder, it can be difficult to pinpoint specifics when it comes to differences among people. But is there a difference between male and female autism?  To specify gender differences when talking about autism can be difficult because they can exist outside the context of gender alone. Since people are so

10 Tips on How to Calm an Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-to-calm-autistic-child/

10 Tips on How to Calm an Autistic Child

When autistic children start feeling overwhelmed, parents and teachers are always looking for tips on how to calm an autistic child. Since behaviors that are associated with autism can vary, it can be tricky to figure out the best calming strategies. Behaviors can range from refusing to listen and participate to self-injurious behaviors that can

Autism and Christmas Ornaments: What You Must Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-christmas-ornaments/

Autism and Christmas Ornaments: What You Must Know

As Christmas approaches, parents know that for their child diagnosed with autism, Christmas ornaments, activities, Christmas trees, and more can bring excitement for some and anxiety for others. So, what are some ways to make Christmas ornaments more autism-friendly? The Christmas ornament has a long-standing history for many people worldwide and throughout history. For many,

Autism and Christmas: Things That Can Overwhelm Your Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-christmas-overwhelm/

Autism and Christmas: Things That Can Overwhelm Your Child

The holiday season is a time of peace and love for most families. However, autism and Christmas tell a whole different story. “I hate Christmas ” is a familiar refrain in my home. My oldest son and wife utter this phrase often during the holiday season.  The truth is, both love a lot about Christmas.

15 Scenarios in Which Your Autistic Child Will Need Adaptive Skills https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-do-adaptive-skills-help/

15 Scenarios in Which Your Autistic Child Will Need Adaptive Skills

Find out what adaptive skills are, why they are necessary, and where these skills are needed. “Who needs adaptive skills? I easily adapt from one task to the next.” Parents can easily think like this, especially if they are unaware of what adaptive skills are and why they are necessary. For children on the autism

Is Autism Curable? A Quick Look At Some Treatment and Therapy Options https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-cure-therapy-options/

Is Autism Curable? A Quick Look At Some Treatment and Therapy Options

An autism diagnosis can cause many parents and family members to experience various emotions — from anger and frustration to sadness and confusion. They might scour the internet and ask questions like “What causes autism?” or “How can autism be managed?”. One common question many parents ask at the beginning of this journey is: “Can

Supporting Parents of Children with Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance

Supporting Parents of Children with Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance

It’s unfortunate that motherhood is subjected to external opinions/judgment; this is often the case for parents raising a child with PDA. This article offers some tips for parents experiencing “bad press”. Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is characterized in children by a continual resistance to everyday demands through social manipulation which has, at its root, an

Visual Timers for Autism: All You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/visual-timer-benefits/

Visual Timers for Autism: All You Need to Know

Some may say that time does not exist, that it’s an illusion, a human construct existing only in our minds. For many parents with autistic children, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Watching a ticking clock after you’ve sent your child upstairs to brush their teeth, school starting in mere minutes, makes time feel

The Pathophysiology of Autism Unpacked https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-pathophysiology

The Pathophysiology of Autism Unpacked

When we consider the pathophysiology of autism, there is a lot of information to process. As a background, think about the fact our bodies function like an integrated system where each part and subpart plays a vital role in its overall functioning. When one part is affected, it may destabilize the system leading to disruptions

Children with Autism and Their Special Interests

Children with Autism and Their Special Interests

Special interest…even the name is contentious. Some autistic people feel it’s an almost patronizing term, to them special interest misses the mark completely when describing something they’re so deeply invested in. Hobby falls short by miles. So maybe obsession, fascination, or even specialized interest is more apt? Not quite, some alternatives are actually offensive; so

How Are Your Expectations Affecting Your Child?

How Are Your Expectations Affecting Your Child?

As humans, we generally like knowing what to expect. Before we apply for a job, purchase a vacuum, book a trip, or whatever, we ask around or go online to acquire all the information we can find. Knowing what to expect provides us with the cushion of comfort we crave before diving in. Expectations are

Motor Planning and Children with Autism

Motor Planning and Children with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. An individual with autism might have difficulty with communication and interaction with other people. They may have restricted interests and repetitive behaviors, and can often struggle with motor planning. What is motor planning? Motor planning, also called Praxis, is the planning and

What to Do When Kids with ASD Become Aware That They Are Different Than Others

What to Do When Kids with ASD Become Aware That They Are Different Than Others

As children become older, they begin to develop a sense of self. This is known in psychology as metacognition: becoming aware of yourself, your thoughts, and how you relate to others. Research suggests metacognition is responsible for much of an individual’s responses in social situations and behaviors (e.g., (Nelson & Narens, 1990) (Grainger, Catherine, and

Executive Functioning in Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/executive-functioning/

Executive Functioning in Autism

Have you ever wondered why your son or daughter always has a hard time holding on to directions you give? Or, ever wonder why when you give the direction “Clean your room,” it never looks exactly how you pictured it in your head? Sure, children, adolescents, and young adults, at times, choose to listen to

10 Ways to Combat Motion Sickness in Spectrum Kids

With summer break fast approaching, many of us have fond memories of our parents loading us into the car with the dog, camping equipment, and supplies and setting off on a family road trip, singing all the way. But for many of us, these fond recollections remain firmly in the past, never to be repeated.

How Farming Can Help Kids with Special Needs

I think farming has evolved over time, not just as a career opportunity or way of living, but also as a form of therapy. It’s been shown to provide so many areas of education and help children and adults with their emotions. It can become a coping mechanism when people are struggling. For me it’s been

Pushing the Boundaries of Routine

There comes a time as parents and carers where we will have to support our autistic child to live in a changing environment that is not always constant and regulated within our control. While children with autism have a fundamental need for routine, it is also important that we push the boundaries of routineness and

Turning Your Child's Interests Into Passion

Turning Your Child’s Interests Into Passion

The beautiful thing about autism is that oftentimes children and adults become hyper focused on one subject. Their interests can range from reciting lines from movies, to remembering stats of sports teams, to playing video games, to being gifted in art, to playing an instrument. The list of interests goes on and on. The number

How to Gain Independence With Autism Through Travel

How to Gain Independence With Autism Through Travel

When I was younger, I would never use public transport. The thought of getting a train or bus, especially on my own, would have just scared me. During my years at secondary school, I would travel by taxi with others from my local area. Once I had left the school my parents decided it would

7 Ways to Help Your Child Self-Regulate With Autism

7 Ways to Help Your Child Self-Regulate With Autism

Self-regulation is the ability to manage your emotions and behaviour when in situations that may evoke stress, anxiety, anger, and frustration. This includes being able to identify your feelings and channel them appropriately when presented with challenging circumstances. These skills, which are developed over time, enable children to reflect on the consequences of their actions

Top Ways to Approach Time Management on the Spectrum

Top Ways to Approach Time Management on the Spectrum

All too often there is too much to do and too little time to do it all. For students, time management can be a real struggle. They have school work, chores, planning (next school year, independent living, college, jobs), extracurricular activities, and sometimes pressures from peers and society—the elephant gets bigger as the list grows!

My Child With Autism Is Afraid To Have Vision Checked

My Child With Autism Is Afraid To Have Vision Checked

Children with autism are no different than other children when it comes to the possibility of needing to get glasses. Many parents are aware of the possible behaviors associated with autism and their own children. Such behaviors as: poor eye contact, side viewing, photosensitivity, or even hand flapping are often viewed as part of having

Top 5 Crayons To Improve Fine Motor Skills

Top 5 Crayons to Improve Fine Motor Skills

As an occupational therapist working in an interdisciplinary program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I often am leading groups of five to six children at a time. When planning our group activities, I strive to find the optimal way to facilitate improvement of each child’s fine motor skills at once. One of my

Am I Overparenting My Child on the Autism Spectrum?

Am I Overparenting My Child on the Autism Spectrum?

Your parenting style: helicopter, snowplow, or what is actually needed? You know what it takes to parent a child on the spectrum. You do this parenting gig every day. You know it is a bigger role than most parents will ever face and includes extra encouragement, extra reminders, extra appointments, less sleep, less personal time,

When Your Partner is on the Autism Spectrum

When Your Partner is on the Autism Spectrum

Many of us have fallen in love with someone on the autism spectrum. We may only realize later, when we share children who become diagnosed as being on the spectrum, that our partner’s idiosyncrasies, amazing abilities, and literal interpretations actually are spectrum traits. Many adults who live regular lives, excelling in areas of math, science,

Dating Advice for Teens on the Spectrum

Dating Advice for Teens on the Spectrum

For those with spectrum issues, dating is one that has to be met with sensitivity and tact. But, because of a level of discomfort, this life lesson is sometimes glossed over despite good intentions. As a counselor who has worked with those with those with developmental disabilities of all ages, the concept of dating comes

The Importance of Self-Care for the ASD Caregiver

The Importance of Self-Care for the ASD Caregiver

It’s hard, folks. We all know the struggle and time consumption of caring for a child on the spectrum. It is a 24/7 lifestyle with what might seem like more downs than ups sometimes. I know for me it is a constant struggle, and when I say constant, I mean every single second is a