6 Tips for Building Vocabulary in Children with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/building-vocabulary-autism/

6 Tips for Building Vocabulary in Children with Autism

Building vocabulary in children with autism can be challenging because of their unique language and communication difficulties. It’s important to build their vocabulary early because vocabulary knowledge is the foundation of language comprehension.  Autistic children may struggle to build their vocabulary for the following reasons: We’ll explore vocabulary-building tips by age/developmental level. 1. Understand the levels

7 Tips for Teaching Writing Skills to Autistic Students https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teaching-writing-skills-autism/

7 Tips for Teaching Writing Skills to Autistic Students

Teaching writing skills to autistic children poses various challenges. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider individual needs, academic ability, and personal characteristics when deciding how to help an autistic child write.  Learning to write involves many complex physical and cognitive processes, which can challenge all learners, but ASD students can experience these challenges more acutely. For

6 Tips for Incorporating Visual Schedules in School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/visual-schedules-in-school/

6 Tips for Incorporating Visual Schedules in School

Visual schedules in school aren’t just organizational tools or a way to take advantage of more resources – they’re pathways to unlocking each student’s potential, especially those with special needs. A daily schedule can support students by providing a clear visual representation of what they can expect in their routine, helping them navigate their day

9 Effective Ways to Motivate Students with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/motivating-students-with-autism/

9 Effective Ways to Motivate Students with Autism

Have you ever found yourself puzzled, trying to ignite that spark of motivation in your students, particularly when motivating students with autism? You’re certainly not in this alone.  The secret lies in deeply understanding what drives each child. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a wide range of needs, interests, and developmental challenges, with

8 Tips for Literacy Development in Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/literacy-development-in-autism/

8 Tips for Literacy Development in Autism

Literacy skills in children impacted by autism are often delayed due to challenges with language and communication. Autistic children are able to learn and identify letters and the sounds that each letter makes, but blending them together to make words can require extra support in home and school environments. Comprehension can also be challenging for

4 Ways to Help Your Autistic Teen Prepare for High School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-prepare-for-high-school/

4 Ways to Help Your Autistic Teen Prepare for High School

Preparing for high school can be daunting for any teen, but for teens with autism, it can feel especially overwhelming. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your teen succeed in this new environment. High school is a time when teens are expected to start taking on more responsibility for

Tips for Dealing With an Autistic Child Disrupting Class https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-child-disrupting-class/

Tips for Dealing With an Autistic Child Disrupting Class

What should you do if an autistic child is disrupting class? Like all children, those with autism may act out due to frustration, anxiety, or unmet needs. However, the intensity and frequency of disruptive behaviors can be more pronounced in autistic children who struggle with emotional regulation and communication. Common disruptive behaviors in autistic children

8 Tips on How to Get a Child with Autism Interested in School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-to-get-child-autism-interested-school/

8 Tips on How to Get a Child with Autism Interested in School

For many parents and educators, supporting children with autism through their school year is a journey filled with both challenges and rewards. The goal is not just to figure out how to get a child with autism interested in school but also to keep them curious and engaged, opening up a world of educational opportunities

Preschool Programs for Autistic Children: 5 Questions to Consider https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/preschool-autistic-children-questions/

Preschool Programs for Autistic Children: 5 Questions to Consider

One of the most difficult early challenges of autism parents is to ensure their child will have an effective preschool program. Parents soon realize preschool programs for autistic children vary greatly: from being highly structured, adult-directed, and therapy-based to those that emphasize self-directed exploratory play and unstructured group interactions. Programs may also differ in how

Three Tips for Homeschooling Nonverbal Students https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/homeschooling-nonverbal-students/

Three Tips for Homeschooling Nonverbal Students

As the mom of a nonverbal, autistic nine-year-old and a mentor to homeschooling families, I’ve noticed a common bond. We all share a similar story. After a couple of failed IEP meetings, families often decide to try homeschooling. They’re terrified to begin, so they start looking for some tips for homeschooling nonverbal students. Thankfully, parents

5 Ways to Advocate for Your Child's IEP https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/advocate-childs-iep/

5 Ways to Advocate for Your Child’s IEP

Many look for any kind of IEP support for parents, and rightfully so. As a school-based occupational therapist (OT), I found the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process overwhelming at first – and I worked there! For parents, it’s a big challenge that might seem overwhelming and difficult.  Yet, in my years as an OT and

5 Classroom Activities for Nonverbal Autistic Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/classroom-activities-nonverbal-autism/

5 Classroom Activities for Nonverbal Autistic Children

My youngest son is nonverbal. Joey had 30 words at one point, but over time and through regressions, he’s lost them all. Nonverbal autism is a form of autism where the individual has limited or no verbal communication. However, teachers can introduce various classroom activities for nonverbal autistic children. These activities can go a long

11 Ways to Build an Autism-Inclusive Classroom https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-to-build-inclusive-classroom/

11 Ways to Build an Autism-Inclusive Classroom

I grew up when all the school desks were the same, and students were expected to sit quietly and follow along with the teacher’s lesson. When my son was in second grade, I realized that education was much different now. It had become an inclusive classroom. It should be noted that just 18 months earlier,

Safe Schools for Those with Severe Autism Post-Pandemic

Safe Schools for Those with Severe Autism Post-Pandemic

As students prepare to go back to school following the summer, the question is: how can we ensure they feel safe post-pandemic? Some are saying: “What could schools look like for those with severe autism, post-pandemic?” Those students who are unable to wear a mask, stay a reasonable distance from another, follow directions without physical

Accommodations for Autistic Students: All You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/helpful-autism-accommodation/

Accommodations for Autistic Students: All You Need to Know

Parents can spend hours looking for autism accommodations that can make learning a little easier for their children on the spectrum. Autistic students may have trouble with learning due to sensory processing issues and unique challenges specific to each child, making the learning journey more difficult for them. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Autism and Learning Difficulties: Is There a Link? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/learning-difficulties-autistic-students-face/

Autism and Learning Difficulties: Is There a Link?

When it comes to educating children with autism and learning difficulties, the question arises whether they are one and the same. The reason for wondering this is because there seem to be challenges that an autistic child experiences in an educational setting that can look like another learning disability. So, is there a connection between

How Do I Create an Autism Homeschool Schedule? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-homeschool-schedule

How Do I Create an Autism Homeschool Schedule?

Are you considering homeschooling a child and wondering how to create an autism homeschool schedule? Are you intimidated because it seems that there is so much to learn and you wonder where you should start? Some good news is that there are more and more autism homeschool resources available for a quality home education that

Choosing the Best Educational Option For Your Autistic Child

Choosing the Best Educational Option For Your Autistic Child

A detailed overview of the different educational options available for children on the spectrum. It has often been said that if you’ve met one child with autism, then you have met one child with autism. Parents can easily become overwhelmed with trying to address all the needs of their child with autism.    Anxious parents often

Strategies for Teaching Children With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teaching-strategies-autism-children//

Strategies for Teaching Children With Autism

Last June, my oldest son graduated from high school. All parents who can say that about their children are proud, but for parents of children with autism, and learning challenges, it has an elevated meaning. My son graduating meant that he accomplished something we didn’t think was going to be possible for a long time.

Can Visualizing and Verbalizing® Help with Reading Comprehension? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/visualizing-reading-comprehension/

Can Visualizing and Verbalizing® Help with Reading Comprehension?

Could a visualizing and verbalizing® program be the answer for reading comprehension struggles? Children with autism spectrum disorder, especially those who struggle to form mental images while reading, may benefit from a program like the Nancibell® Visualizing and Verbalizing® Language Comprehension and Thinking program. Hearing your child read a sentence for the first time is

Five Ways to Avoid Handwriting Regression Over Summer

Five Ways to Avoid Handwriting Regression Over Summer

An occupational therapist advises how to maintain your child’s motor skills development. As an occupational therapist, I work on handwriting skills with many students with autism. Handwriting is one of the most complex skills our children have to learn, combining fine motor skills, motor planning, visual perceptual and motor skills, and sensory awareness.  The progress

Autism and Nature: Structured Outdoor Learning https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/nurture-structured-outdoor-learning/

Autism and Nature: Structured Outdoor Learning

Our modern age provides extraordinary technological advances that help humankind, but we’re paying the price in some areas, including less time spent outside in nature. Outdoors can be a stimulating environment for learning – this article looks at the benefits of combining autism and nature. Children today spend more time indoors, detached from the natural

Here are some ideas on how to build your autistic child’s handwriting skills.

Eight Handwriting Strategies for Children with Autism

Here are some ideas on how to build your autistic child’s handwriting skills. Handwriting is crucial for success in school, communication skills, and a child’s self-esteem. Children with autism often have handwriting impairments, so they may be referred to occupational therapists to address this most important skill.  My name is Linda Craig Dennis and I’ve

Building Emotional Health in Children with Pathological Demand Avoidance

Building Emotional Health in Children with Pathological Demand Avoidance

We don’t have to look very far to find research giving us rather disheartening statistics about the poor emotional health of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Up to 70 percent of children with ASD develop mental health difficulties, as opposed to 10 percent of the typical population. Of course, as practitioners and parents of

What Multisensory Practices Can Mean for Reading

What Multisensory Practices Can Mean for Reading

Every child learns at their own pace. For children on the autism spectrum, it’s beneficial to adapt a multisensory approach to enhance their learning and comprehension. As a parent, you want reading to be a positive experience for your child. But if your child cannot understand the meaning of the text, why would he/she be

Autism Reading Comprehension: Tips and Teaching Strategies

Autism Reading Comprehension: Tips and Teaching Strategies

Autism reading comprehension is a complicated topic as children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience a variety of associated symptoms, and attain language proficiency at different stages—some earlier than others. Reading comprehension requires the ability to understand language and literature. It isn’t enough to just read a text without understanding the meaning behind the words

Digital Learning Survival Guide for Children with Autism

Digital Learning Survival Guide for Children with Autism

Whether we like it or not, 2021 is here, and with it, the continuation of virtual learning. In many locales, this mode has been the norm for some time. In other places, as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, schools continue to pivot between in-person, hybrid, and fully-virtual models. There are varying responses to this decision throughout

Life with Maggie, Before College Algebra

Life with Maggie, Before College Algebra

A determined mother shares her frustrations as she fights for her daughter’s right to earn her college degree. Life with Maggie, before college algebra, was one of remarkable focus and perseverance, because she is on the autism spectrum. Maggie is a mixed media artist from Gulfport, Mississippi, who uses the power of creativity to bring

There is No How-To Guide for Autism Education

There is No How-To Guide for Autism Education

Learn about UK-based specialist autism school, The Cavendish School, and its important mission. Education is all about listening to those around you. From the start of our journey to opening The Cavendish School, the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school, we have been working extremely hard to ensure we are engaging in relevant

Occupational Therapist Viewpoint: Supporting Home Learning Through Movement

Occupational Therapist Viewpoint: Supporting Home Learning Through Movement

The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to significant changes in daily life for children, youth, and their families. According to the BMC Public Health children in the United States performed less physical behavior and increased their sedentary behavior.  The pandemic has changed how children access their education. Different options for school now exist: remote models (students