The first thing I learned as a preschool teacher to children aged three to six who are on the spectrum is how to be “fun.” This seems like it would be common sense to any teacher or parent, but it is incredibly difficult to do especially when wheels, numbers, and letters on the circle time

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in Autism Solutions by Kelly Pilkie

I have loved animals all my life and in the past I practiced Horse Whispering and have always had pets around me.  So, for me, my first thoughts were about equine therapy and a service dog.  For us neither of those two were right for Iris but after looking after my brother’s cat over Christmas

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in Autism Solutions by Arabella Carter Johnson

Children with autism are often frustrated with changes in their daily schedule, or the unexpected actions of another person.  Parents and teachers often find themselves responding to the behavioral outcome of the stress and anxiety involved with this “inflexible thinking,” rather than teaching flexible thinking in a systematic way. Here are five tips that may

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in Autism Solutions by Kari Dunn Buron

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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in Autism Solutions by Gabi Morgan, MS

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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in Autism Solutions by Chelsea Bogino

Consider the child when purchasing a gift. Just as you wouldn’t buy a truck for a Barbie loving little girl – nor should you purchase a 8+ science kit for a child with a cognitive ability of a three year old. I’ve often had people come right out and ask me, “What do I buy

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in Autism Solutions by Leslie Burby

Anna from the Philippines asks: My son always puts any objects he is holding into his mouth. He also walks on his tip-toes. When he is angry he bites himself or his family. Recently he also started playing with his saliva. As a mother I just want my son to live a normal life. What

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in Autism Solutions by Angelina M., MS, BCBA, LMFT

Question: How can I make hair washing less of a struggle? Answer: Ask your child (if possible) using pictures, videos on You Tube, text etc. what they don’t like about hair washing. Based on my research and speaking with several people on the spectrum this is what I have found: For some it is the

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in Autism Solutions by Leslie Burby

Often it is perceived that non verbal children with autism are mentally challenged and  have no hope of getting a job or expressing themselves. This story about Carly, changes everything. Carly experienced severe delays in the early part of her life which prevented her from walking and sitting up. Lacking the ability to speak she seemed

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in Autism Solutions by Leslie Burby