Exercise, both high energy and stress reducing physical activity, is one of the most underutilized and cost-effective interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is particularly important with children staying home during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place edicts by governors all across the U.S.  Interestingly, a recent survey through SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research)

Continue reading

All individuals with autism process visual information more effectively than verbal supports; however, some individuals rely heavily on visual supports to understand language and express themselves. These individuals often require visual supports that are individualized to them, making pre-made visual supports less helpful to their families and support staff. The following article will help families

Continue reading

Even as households worldwide self-isolate to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, we’re the furthest thing from isolated when it comes to what we’re experiencing—starting from the shared stress and concern we’re feeling amid such significant upheaval and uncertainty. For families with a child on the autism spectrum, these times can be uniquely concerning. Disruption

Continue reading

Many individuals with autism have sensory needs that require they receive additional supports throughout their day. While safer at home, parents may be looking for activities to do together without the typical support from their child’s therapists. This can be a challenge for many! Throughout this article, you will discover enjoyable ideas to help you

Continue reading

Autism families have been significantly affected by the changes the COVID-19 quarantine has brought, so we reached out to Alison Singer, Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation, for expert guidance. Adapting to new routines while quarantined has been challenging for most families. From providing the support parents need to reduce anxieties to advice

Continue reading

Supporting ourselves and one another during this global pandemic is unprecedented territory for most of us. But for autism families, the ability to adapt to the changes a quarantine brings can be extra challenging. Many individuals with autism already struggle to manage and regulate their emotions. How do we support them through this time? First

Continue reading

Our world has changed drastically over the past several weeks. No one could ever have imagined that our society would be closed down, and many of our neighbors befallen by a mysterious, invisible foe. Indeed, these are scary and unprecedented times for our world, and it means changing almost every aspect of our way of life. Perhaps

Continue reading

Back on March 13, 2020, a realization started to settle over this country as to what the actual impact COVID-19 (coronavirus) was going to have on all our communities. Since that time, people have been practicing “social distancing.” Schools have shut down, the expectations of the family unit have changed (especially those with children in

Continue reading

COVID-19 has created unprecedented impacts on many of our daily functions from attending school, going to the supermarket, and almost any activity that requires gatherings of large groups of people. Perhaps, none of these changes is more impactful than the fears and anxieties that have arisen among us all as we are uncertain of what

Continue reading