Here are five ways you can support your child’s social development.  It is a common myth that children on the autism spectrum do not crave social interaction and friendships. The way our children initiate interactions, or, at times, wait for others to initiate interactions, does usually differ from neurotypical exchanges.  Children diagnosed with autism may

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Karla Pretorius, M. Psych and Nanette Botha, BEd

Autistic children sometimes need more support than neurotypical children as they grow up. Autism can come with challenges in school, social interactions, the professional world, and daily life, not to mention the various medical issues that may occur alongside being on the spectrum. Parents and caregivers of autistic kids know they are especially important to

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Claire Delano, BA

Elon Musk has asperger’s, he revealed this during a Saturday Night Live gig. Apparently speculation about the billionaire being on the spectrum was pretty common online. Having previously spoken about “solving” autism, his asperger’s revelation was not applauded by all—but it did encourage more open conversations about autism.  Unfortunately some of these conversations are based

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Have you ever heard a flight attendant go through the pre-flight safety check with the passengers? Every pre-flight safety check emphasizes that caregivers should “put your oxygen mask on first” before placing the mask on their child. Naturally, this goes against our instincts as parents and caregivers.  At first, it sounds like a ghastly idea.

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Angela West, MS, BCBA, LBA

A look at how using an interest-based approach can effectively aid your child’s learning. I was trained in Verbal Behavior when I started out in the field of autism and related disorders. I loved working with Sue* who was two years old when I met her and “echolalic”. She was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Karla Pretorius, M. Psych and Nanette Botha, BEd

Like parents, children on the spectrum have had to adjust to  COVID-19 regulations. Here are some tips for creating a home environment that supports your child’s development. We all know there’s no such thing as a “perfect environment”. But there is an optimum, and it is our goal to create it—not just for us, but

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Karla Pretorius, M. Psych and Nanette Botha, BEd

There are two categories of play activities: structured and unstructured. But what is the difference, and which is more beneficial for children with special needs like autism? Unstructured play is any activity designated as “free play” or “free time.” This category of play is completely child-led, without instruction from an adult. Unstructured play also does

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Liz Talton

The issue of racism has come strongly to the forefront of the news. More individuals are beginning to take a closer look at their own views surrounding issues associated with racism. Here are ten simple tips for explaining racism to your own child with autism: Don’t wait: Begin the conversation early It is not necessary

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Caregivers of children with autism devote so much time and much needed support to their loved ones, they can be susceptible to burnout as a result. This article offers some tips for arranging time for self-care and what to do once you’ve got it.  If you are a caregiver of a child with autism spectrum

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Shazeen Ahmad, MA

A year ago, if you had told me a raging pandemic would sweep across the globe, all schools would be closed, and parents would wind up holding down full-time jobs while simultaneously supervising their kids’ education, all from the comfort of their living rooms, I’d have told you to check the small print on your

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Ruthangela Bernadette

Anything can happen in one hour. Just imagine what can happen in 8,760 hours. That is one year’s time. We all know that with our ASD kiddos, the smallest accomplishment is nevertheless huge. But how do you keep all of the great feats safe and close to your heart for times to come? How can

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Patricia Wigginton

There is a path less traveled that leads to profound personal and spiritual growth for those who are courageous enough to keep walking—through. I wrote my book, Strong and Courageous: Encouragement for Families Touched by Autism, to help parents and families feel understood and cared for as they begin their journey of parenting a child

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Stephanie Murphy, LMFT

Many children will approach their parents in hopes of getting a pet. Children with autism are no different. Busy parents raising an autistic child may wonder why they would want to introduce an additional responsibility into their home while trying to juggle all of the needs of their child. Here are 11 ways adding a

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Parenting is the world’s hardest job!  It comes with immense responsibility in which you are on call 24/7, incessantly worrying, and using all your time and energy working at a “real job” without getting a real paycheck. Parenting a child with autism is 100 times more stressful and exhausting because you are not only dealing

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Annette Nuñez, PhD

I will always be grateful to my aunt, an occupational therapist, for being the first one to suggest that a person in my life may be on the autism spectrum. He had no language delay, and a normal IQ, which I incorrectly believed ruled out autism. I was ignorant and in complete denial, which unfortunately,

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Heidi Zuniga, MA, MSLS

Like any technology, electronic devices are a mixed bag of benefits and downsides. While they do offer an endless world of educational resources, their overuse may harm your child’s cognitive health. For example, one recent study found too much screen time shortens the attention spans of teenagers. And for children on the autism spectrum, digital

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Hilary Thompson

When a child is diagnosed with autism, the parents will be asked detailed questions about how their son or daughter is different from other children. In considering their reply, parents may reflect on whether the characteristic being described was apparent in their own childhood. If the behavior, difficulty, or ability was a part of their

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Prof. Tony Attwood, PhD