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

Terrific Ways to Join Community Fun With Autism

Terrific Ways to Join Community Fun With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/terrific-ways-join-community-autism/

For many of us, when we realize our child does not interact typically or when we receive the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, we retreat from the world, narrowing our social interactions to only the most necessary while we learn to cope. My son seemed to delight in this retreat; we created a ‘nation of […]

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5 Myths About Girls With Asperger’s and Social Groups

5 Myths About Girls With Asperger’s and Social Groups https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/myths-about-girls-aspergers-group/

Think you know about girls on the autism spectrum? Well, think again. Here are five myths you may have heard about that need to be reconsidered when we think about girls who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome (AS), “mild autism,” or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) level 1. This information comes from original research done […]

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Ten Tips To Help Special Needs Parents During Autism Awareness Month

Ten Tips To Help Special Needs Parents During Autism Awareness Month https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/tips-during-autism-awareness-month/

New York, NY, April 17, 2019 –  Raising a child with a disability, while trying to balance work and family responsibilities is no easy task for even the most dedicated parents. Managing all aspects of a special needs child daily living – including personal needs, school activities, therapy sessions and medical appointments– can be extremely […]

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Why the Disconnect? Are Parents Living a Balanced Life?

Why the Disconnect? Are Parents Living a Balanced Life? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/parents-living-productive-life/

As a sociolinguist, (someone who studies human behavior and communication), and, more importantly, a mother of a child with autism, I fear that we as a culture are on the wrong path. While our culture is raising perhaps the most productive, specialized, and most efficient human beings on the planet than ever before, our drive […]

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Critical Reasons to Offer Support to Autism Siblings

Critical Reasons to Offer Support to Autism Siblings https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/critical-reasons-offer-support-autism/

When you are little, it’s hard to understand why your sister seems to get upset all the time, why she is impossible to calm down, why she hits and throws things for no reason, why she doesn’t have to finish her dinner (or even sit at the table), why she won’t play with you, why […]

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Making the Most of Spring Break With Autism

Making the Most of Spring Break With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/making-spring-break-with-autism/

As the end of winter inches closer, just about everyone starts counting down the days until spring break, kids and parents alike. And while there’s excitement about the vacation from school, there are also some very valid reasons why parents of kids on the autism spectrum or with various sensory issues may also have some […]

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Understanding Gender Dysphoria With an Autism Diagnosis

Understanding Gender Dysphoria With an Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gender-dysphoria-with-autism-diagnosis/

Although the field of study is relatively new, the incidence of gender dysphoria is identified at higher rates in individuals with autism Anna Laakman spectrum disorder (ASD). Gender dysphoria is a clinical term used to define the incongruence between gender identity and biological sex. Many who experience gender dysphoria identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender […]

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The Value of Living By Numbers and Not Opinions With a Special Needs Child

The Value of Living By Numbers and Not Opinions With a Special Needs Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/value-of-living-by-numbers/

“I feel…” “I think…” “In my opinion…” Listen closely at your next Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting and make note of the number of times these phrases are used throughout the discussion. Now, consider the number of graphs presented. If these two figures don’t match, subjectivity may be inadvertently guiding decision-making. In navigating the […]

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For Better or Worse: How to Overcome the Effects of Autism on Marriage

For Better or Worse: How to Overcome the Effects of Autism on Marriage https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/effects-of-autism-on-marriage/

My marriage almost ended. The daily stress and energy expended to advocate for and raise my active and unusual child on the autism spectrum led to complete exhaustion and meltdown. There was simply nothing left for anyone else, including my spouse. Hyper-focus on my son’s well-being, coupled with differences between my partner and me in […]

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Top 10 Ways to Develop a Better Relationship With Your Aspie Teen

Top 10 Ways to Develop a Better Relationship With Your Aspie Teen https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/better-relationship-with-your-aspie/

As parents, we all want to have the best possible relationship with our children. Teen years can be particularly difficult, especially when your teen is on the spectrum. And no matter how much advice we get from the professionals, it is still hard to accept some of the behavioral traits of our Aspie teens. It […]

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