Issue 51 – School: Preparing Your Child for Transition

Issue 51 - School: Preparing Your Child for Transition

Autism Parenting Magazine – Issue 51

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Using Simple Rewards to Get Your Child with Autism to School on Time!
The president of Total Life Counseling Center shares his expert tips for making the morning school routine go more smoothly.
Jim West, MA, LMHC

5 Top Ways to Emotionally Connect with Your Child with Autism
A professional coach shares top skills you can implement to help build an emotional connection with your child.
Sue Simmons, BPHE

Sure Fire Ways to Combat Back-to-School Anxiety with Autism
Excellent advice from an ESE middle school teacher on the best ways to prepare your child for the new school year.
Tracy Oxley

Get Those Heels Down! Innovative Ways to Deal With Toe Walking
Excellent medical and behavioral options for dealing with toe walking and autism.
Martha Gabler

The Important Difference Between Conversation and Communication with Autism
The founder of SAI Connections shares the marked distinction between conversation and communication with children on the spectrum.
Kamini Lakhani, BCaBA

5 Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Daily Life
Straightforward solutions for lessening day-to-day stress levels provided by the mom of two boys with Asperger’s syndrome and a daughter with mild cerebral palsy.
Cecilie Aslaksen

Able2learn Reinvents Special Needs Learning with Free Resources
Learn about educational resources designed to help struggling parents, teachers, and schools educate children with autism.
Nina Jain, MBA, MSc

Valuable Tips for Resolving Sleep Issues with Autism Now
Top-notch advice on ways to help your child on the spectrum conquer common sleep issues.
Jen Jones

Fantastic Friends Special Needs Organization Built From Love
Meet Marissa Hacker, a college student with a twin with autism who started a social group for special needs individuals that helps teach social skills and build relationships.
Sara Ferrara

What You Need to Know About Interoception and Autism
An occupational therapist, autism consultant, and author of several books explains interoception and its connection to autism.
Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L

Special Twins Walk Hand-in-Hand Through Life
A mother reveals the loving relationship between her daughter with autism and her ctwin that teaches their family lessons daily.
Amy Windham Muir

How to Find the Best Educational Services for Your Child with ASD
Learn from a special education teacher about specialists who can support students with special needs through collaboration, consultative, or direct services.
Angela Shaw

Advice from a Mom: Ways to Help Your Child with ASD
Suggestions on ways to better understand a maturing child with autism and make positive change.
Freda McEwen

Hot Off the Press! New Partnership Formed to Better Assist Autism Community
Learn about the new partnership between Autism Parenting Magazine and the American Autism Association in an effort to raise autism awareness and spread acceptance.

Look at Me: The Cornerstone of Eye Contact and Relief for Depression
A registered nurse who has dedicated her life to working with children with disabilities shares her thoughts on the rewards of loving a child with autism.
Maria Rohan, RN, BSN

New Autism-Focused Chocolate Business Reaps the Sweetest Rewards
The mother of a young man on the spectrum describes her journey to create a life for her son after graduation and how it evolved into a autism-focused chocolate business and café.
Valerie Herskowitz 

What’s New on the Bookshelf?
Living in Two Worlds: On Being a Social Chameleon With Asperger’s
Take a look at an excerpt from a very special memoir detailing life growing up on the autism spectrum.
Dylan Emmons

Simple Ways to Engage Your Child with Autism in Physical Activity
Listen to a recent radio show with host Paul Cimins and co-host Lynne Glucoft as they discuss the advantages of physical exercise for individuals with autism.

Poetic Reflections
A special page for poets to share their expressive works.
Zeke Goff and Lisa Southall

HELP: I Need to Know How to Encourage Mindfulness in My Child
Learn some tips on improving mindfulness, from creating a calm zone to performing helpful breathing exercises.
Angelina M, MS, BCBA, MFTI

How to Make Medical Visits Easier for Your Child with Autism
Expert advice on ways to make a trip to the doctor, dentist, lab, or other medical appointments easier for both parents and children.
Jamie E. Carter, Ph.D. and Ahna I. O’Shaughnessy, M.A.

How to Improve Communication with Your Child’s Teacher
Terrific tips to help you develop a great relationship with your child’s teacher – one that is mutually beneficial, but more importantly, leads to better outcomes for your child.
Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Important Information You Need to Know About ABLE Accounts
Expert advice on both the benefits and drawbacks of setting up an ABLE Account for your child with special needs.
Ryan F. Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

Simple Nori Burrito Rolls You Can Make to Order
Learn to make these nutritious gluten-free wraps with a unique Asian and Mexican-inspired flair.
Autism and Food

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Dear Readers,

Our culture consistently tells us change is good…that it’s an inevitable part of life.  True, transitions are necessary for continued growth and development — but what happens when the very thought of change causes high levels of anxiety and affects behavior?  As we all know, transitioning can often be complex for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  So, how can you assist your child in transitioning from the relaxed days of summer to the hustle and bustle of a new classroom, teacher, and friends?  How can you prepare your child for a new daily routine without confusion and stress?

Knowing the back-to-school season can be extra-challenging for families affected by autism, we reached out to several experts for professional advice.

First, we connected with Tracy Oxley, a middle school teacher who works with children with special needs every day.  Understanding how difficult change can be for children with autism, Tracy has provided us with the piece called Sure Fire Ways to Combat Back-to-School Anxiety with Autism.  Please take a look as she provides thoughtful tips on ways to alleviate stress and anxiety for both parents and children.

We also reached out to Jim West, president of Total Life Counseling, who specializes in attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and individuals with autism spectrum disorder.  He has provided a piece for us called Using Simple Rewards to Get Your Child with Autism to School on Time!, which includes his expert tips for making the morning routine go more smoothly using a reward system.

Another important component in making a positive back-to-school transition is a healthy relationship with your child’s school.  We invite you to read Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Autism Parenting Magazine columnist Sarah Kupferschmidt’s piece How to Improve Communication with Your Child’s Teacher, as she shares ways to connect with your child’s teacher to ensure good communication and an easy transition.

Finding the right learning services for your child with autism is vital for the long-term.  Please take a look at Angela Shaw’s piece called How to Find the Best Educational Services for Your Child with ASDA special educator within Snowline Joint Unified School District in California, Angela thoroughly describes the support often available through collaboration, consultative, or direct services.

Since we are focusing this month on making smooth transitions, we thought it was important to include other possible challenges, such as taking your child to medical appointments.  Do you find it nearly impossible to sit in a waiting room for a medical provider who is running behind schedule?  Please take a look at the article called How to Make Medical Visits Easier for Your Child with Autism, written by Jamie E. Carter, Ph.D. and Ahna I. O’Shaughnessy, M.A..  We hope their professional advice will make your next trip to the doctor, dentist, or lab easier for both you and your child.

Another hot topic with kids is bedtime — especially when the family is pressed to get up and go the next day.  For excellent ideas on ways to help your child with autism conquer common sleep issues, take a look at Jen Jones’ article called Valuable Tips for Resolving Sleep Issues with Autism Now. From using deep pressure to a picture schedule, Jen’s piece has great tips for everyone.

This month’s issue is packed with plenty of educational and parental guidance.  With advice on how to deal with toe walking, how to encourage mindfulness, and how to emotionally connect with your child, there are articles for everyone.  And for parents in need of a little extra care, take a look at the inspirational piece on ways to revitalize your daily life .

Wishing our families a safe and happy transition into the new school year.

Kind regards,

Amy KD Tobik

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Amy KD Tobik

Amy KD Tobik, A former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine, an award-winning monthly international publication. She coordinates and manages an extensive group of doctors, autism specialists, and writers to create the most up-to-date news and professional guidance for families affected by autism. Magazine readers are from 30 countries, with the majority coming from the US and other English-speaking countries. A graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Amy's experience includes more than 30 years writing/editing newspapers, monthly magazines, technical documents/manuals, books, and websites. She and her husband have two adult daughters and live in the Carolinas. Website: Facebook:

  • Avatar Jane says:

    Fantastic issue!

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