Category Archives for "Parental Advice"

Articles that focus on tips and guidance for parents on managing autism, ways to make life easier, balancing family, forming relationships, etc.

After the Autism Diagnosis: What Should I Do?

After the Autism Diagnosis: What Should I Do? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-diagnosis-what-to-do/

A friend’s child was recently diagnosed with autism and she reached out with some questions for me. “What would I do differently after getting the diagnosis that my son had autism, knowing what I know now?” And, “What did I recommend doing now that they had a diagnosis of autism for their child?” My sister […]

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Ways to Keep a Relationship On Track As Special Needs Parents

Ways to Keep a Relationship On Track As Special Needs Parents https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/keeping-a-relationship-on-track/

Receiving a diagnosis of autism can be so earth-shattering that it’s sometimes hard to see past it. There is so much information to process and so much to do. Your brain is on overdrive, and your child is at the forefront the whole time. It’s so easy to forget yourself—let alone your partner. Your partner, […]

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Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent

Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/finding-balance-as-special-needs/

The phone rings, I pick up, and a dear friend asks if I am coming to the potluck tonight. I say thank you, and I wish I could, but I am terribly swamped tonight and perhaps another time. What I don’t say is, my son is having a bad day, he is on his tenth […]

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An Exclusive Holiday Round-Up: The Special Ways Autism Families Celebrate the Holidays

An Exclusive Holiday Round-Up: The Special Ways Autism Families Celebrate the Holidays https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-families-celebrate-the-holidays/

What does your holiday season look like? Does your family participate in a large family gathering far away, or do you prefer something quieter and more personal close to home? Are you relaxed during the festivities or do you spend the whole day stressed out wishing for a few minutes of calm and understanding? As […]

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Easy Ways For Parents to Better Connect With Kids With Autism

Easy Ways For Parents to Better Connect With Kids With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/connect-with-kids-with-autism/

You have a child with autism. You’re one of the one in 59 families* in the United States who gets to greet the unique daily challenges and joys that comes from raising a child with a different set of needs. In my time working as a researcher in the clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital Department […]

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Self-Esteem and Autism: Powerful Strategies You Need to Know

Self-Esteem and Autism: Powerful Strategies You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/powerful-strategies-needs-to-know/

In my work in the autism community as an autism specialist for the past 20 years, I have seen there is no goal more important than helping your child cultivate self-esteem and an overall positive sense of self. This is important not only because it will help your child experience more confidence, happiness, and fulfillment […]

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HELP: How Can I Make Bath Time a Positive Experience With Special Needs?

HELP: How Can I Make Bath Time a Positive Experience With Special Needs? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/bath-time-with-special-needs/

How can I make bath time more fun? My child hates taking a bath and it’s a nightly battle in our home.  — Raja Hi Raja, Why don’t kids appreciate a warm bath the way we do!? It is so tough when daily tasks are a fight and I can empathize with the dread you […]

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Dating and Special Needs: Are You Ready?

Dating and Special Needs: Are You Ready? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ready-for-dating-special-needs/

Most parents of teens tell me they are not ready for their baby to date!  No question, their teens are curious, developing sexually in a typical manner (thank you, puberty), wondering/anxious about dating, and are truly considering the possibility of dating.  Before we get to the horrors and anxieties of dating, let’s recall some of […]

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Mind Palace: Easy Ways to Connect With Your Child’s Creative Mind

Mind Palace: Easy Ways to Connect With Your Child's Creative Mind https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/connect-with-childs-creative-mind/

The images show representative neurons from unaffected brains (left) and brains from autistic patients (right); the spines on the neurons indicate the location of synapses. (Image: Guomei Tang and Mark S. Sonders/CUMC) When I began to suspect my son had autism, I had no idea how to connect or communicate with him. I was terrified […]

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