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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.

Special Needs: Grandparents Can Be in Your Corner

Special Needs: Grandparents Can Be in Your Corner https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-needs-grandparents-in-corner/

There is a well-known parable floating around the special needs community which describes how it feels when you are first told you are to be the parent of a child with special needs. The story describes how a family is preparing to go to Italy. They have researched all the best activities and adventures to […]

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You Are an Important Part of The Solution In The Autism Diagnosis

You Are an Important Part of The Solution In The Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/important-part-solution-autism-diagnosis/

Three years ago, my husband and I were facing very difficult questions. Those questions often didn’t have simple answers, and worse, the professional answers we received didn’t always mesh with other professional answers. How would I navigate this? I can tell you my pediatrician felt that my son was “just a boy.” Had I listened […]

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Preparing for the Social Transition to Adulthood With Special Needs

Preparing for the Social Transition to Adulthood With Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/preparing-social-transition-with-special-needs/

Perhaps the single greatest, and most frightening moment of a parent’s life is the birth of a child. As you stare in the innocent and precious eyes of your newborn, the gravity of the task of being a parent falls squarely upon your shoulders. No book is given to you that has all the answers […]

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Regression in Autism—Not Just For Toddlers

Regression in Autism—Not Just For Toddlers https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-not-just-for-toddlers/

I have done a lot of recent research on the facts of regression in autism, and I have come across a lot of articles covering regression in the toddler years. For many children affected with autism, this period of regression is usually the first outward signs that a parent or caregiver will notice that something […]

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How to Create the Dream Team for Your Autistic Child

How to Create the Dream Team for Your Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/dream-team-for-autistic-child/

You won’t be able to build a dream team, even in a city rich in services if you don’t first identify what you and your child need, and that is difficult because you probably don’t know all that is out there, and what you need often changes.  Look to your child for guidance. Once you […]

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Beaches Turks and Caicos: Paradise for Special Needs Families

Beaches Turks and Caicos: Paradise for Special Needs Families https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/paradise-for-special-needs-families/

One wouldn’t think you need superior negotiating skills to plan a family vacation, but that’s the case when dealing with my husband. I suggest beautiful vacation destinations, with hotels that offer childcare services, only to hear “No way!” And why is that? Because Lorenzo, our non-verbal, young adult son has autism and according to Tony, […]

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How to Keep Children With Toileting Delay Comfortable at School

How to Keep Children With Toileting Delay Comfortable at School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/keep-children-with-toileting-delay/

No matter how old a child is, struggling with incontinence isn’t easy. It can be stressful for the entire family, especially when autism is involved. Incontinence and autism are often coupled together, due to the toileting delay, cognitive and sensory issues can cause. However, it doesn’t have to be stressful, as a few easy steps […]

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Perception Matters: The Interesting Impact of Autism on Marriage

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While a great deal of research can be found on how autism symptoms affect a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and interventions to manage these symptoms, there is far less research addressing how autism symptoms affect the marital relationship. What limited research there is on the topic primarily reports negative outcomes for married […]

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How to Combat Negative Thoughts and Find Happiness With ASD

How to Combat Negative Thoughts and Find Happiness With ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/combat-negative-thoughts-with-asd/

Happiness­­–a term notoriously difficult to define. What exactly is happiness? A short-term experience? A longer-term state of mind? Are people born happy or is it something that can be cultivated? It’s a hard-enough question to consider even among the neurotypical population. What might make one person very happy (going to a football match, for example) […]

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Parent’s Survival Guide to Autism Diagnosis and Treatment

Parent’s Survival Guide to Autism Diagnosis and Treatment https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/parents-survival-guide-to-autism/

Facing a new autism diagnosis or treatment plan for your child can be scary, particularly when that plan involves care at a residential treatment program. Your treatment team understands that parenting children with autism can be challenging and exhausting, and they are ready to help. Working together with your treatment team will result in better […]

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