Here are some tips as you venture into finding the right therapist for your child on the spectrum. Finding the right autism spectrum disorder (ASD) therapist or psychologist can be a daunting task for families. There are many factors you should consider when choosing a behavioral health professional to work with. There will not be

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Carol Tatom, RBT

A letter for every mom raising an autistic child: the journey may not be perfect, but it’s worth it.  Hi there, fellow mom, I, too, have an autistic child, except he’s not a child anymore. His name’s Diego and he’s 26.  You’ll go through various stages when it comes to how you view your child

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Daniella Mini, MA

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

Seven party planning ideas to prepare your little one with autism or sensory needs for social events.  If you’re planning a party for a child with autism or sensory processing challenges, it helps to be sensitive to his/her unique needs. Here is a list of ideas to help increase enjoyment and prevent meltdowns, tantrums, or

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Nanaz Khosrowshahi

Here are some ideas to help your autistic child become more flexible in tough situations.  When our kids are in their comfort zone, things are humming along. There are no meltdowns, they are happy, everyone around them tends to be happy. Being in the comfort zone allows our kids to anticipate what is coming, have

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Sara Colorosa, PhD

An autism mom shares advice for raising a daughter on the spectrum, told from her own family’s perspective.  It’s been four years since my daughter Chloe was diagnosed with autism. It was a dreary March day and I remember it like it was yesterday. We lived on an Air Force base in rural California and

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Caitlyn Viviano-Knoll, MEd

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

All parents dread the day they have to explain death to their kids. Grief and loss are difficult for anyone to experience, much less young children. Parents of kids with autism may be even more worried about how to help them cope. Although this conversation will never be easy, there are things you can do

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Claire Delano, BA

Keeping busy is not difficult when you’re a parent of an autistic child. However, it can be isolating. Here are a few ideas to remind you that you are certainly not alone on this journey. Being a parent of a child with autism has its own set of peaks and valleys. It’s easy to wonder

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Heather Down

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

Should you get a pet when you have a special needs child? When making this decision, concentrate on getting the right match for your family and your child. Choosing a compatible pet can be a difficult task. Doing a little research is key to picking the perfect pet for your family. When you start looking,

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Johnathan David

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

Looking after a child with autism can be a struggle at times. Since the autism spectrum is so diverse, what works for one child may not work for another. You really need to understand what triggers your child so that you can make accommodations for them. I am not a parent, however, both of my

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Gemma Winchester

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

As parents, we want our kids to catch up—“fixing” those parts that will make them stand out or struggle to keep them in the game. We work tirelessly to build those skills that we fear will cause others to exclude them, to weed out those quirks that may make other kids walk away, or to

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Emily Daniels, MSW, RP, Med

Does the idea of holiday travel as an autism parent fill you with dread? Check out these top tips tried and tested by a busy mom.   In the autism world of parenting, the worries that accompany holiday travel can be overwhelming; I mean, just traveling in general is stressful, but when you tackle on

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in Autism Parenting Advice by JC Ellinger, MBA

Two specialists offer their top tips for parents preparing to tell their child about his/her autism diagnosis.   “I think we need to tell our son about his autism, but we aren’t sure what to say.” Does this sentence sound familiar? Parents can be downright terrified of the “talk”—and it’s no wonder.     Autism

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Debby Elley and Tori Houghton

Find out how offering Structured Choices to your child with autism can lead to easier and happier parent-child interactions. Are you interested in improving engagement and communication with a child with autism? Would you like to learn a specific strategy, or do you prefer a philosophical approach? If you chose a specific strategy, you have

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Colette McNeil, MPsych

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

Grandparents are an integral part of family dynamics. Children with autism need to realize the importance grandparents play in their lives. They need to see them as a resource for assistance and advice. Sense of family and belonging The presence of grandparents provides a child with autism a special sense of family and belonging in

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Ron Malcolm, EdD

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

Words are powerful! Words affect every aspect of your body from the way you think, to the way you feel, to your actions. From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep your inner dialogue is on autopilot and you are continuously talking to yourself. The majority of the time we

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Annette Nuñez, PhD

Today I am sitting, once again, deconstructing my own parenting. It’s a common theme—should I have done this? Why didn’t I do that? I feel filled with doubts and questions—I feel pathetic. I am a 45-year-old woman with a degree in psychology; a dissertation written on autism and a job teaching people about self-regulation and

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Rachel Jackson

That moment when you realize your child isn’t the only family member on the spectrum… So, adults can be on the spectrum. And so can women. Two profound sentences that really shouldn’t be quite so profound, but we continue to be amazed when we find women on the spectrum. Here is a typical scenario in

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Rachel Bédard, PhD

All three of us are parents (each of us have two kids) and educators who are aware of the need for guidance when posting about parenting on social media. We have all found social media helpful when attempting to connect with others (e.g., family, friends, other parents) but have also been hurt by posts from

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Margaret M. Quinlan, PhD

After getting a diagnosis, parents often ask me how they should tell their child that they have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many struggle with how outsiders will view their child, worry that the information will be confusing or upsetting, fear that their child might use ASD as a crutch, or simply wonder just how useful

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Emily Daniels, MSW, RP, Med

We all know having an autistic child can be a challenge—in fact, it can even be stressful at times. But can it be a gift? Can you use the fact your child has autism to your advantage? Absolutely. By understanding him or her, you can have a better relationship with your child not just as

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Ryan Larson, BChE

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

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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in Autism Parenting Advice by Deanna Picon

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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in Autism Parenting Advice by Brook McKay, LLP

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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in Autism Parenting Advice by Victoria Honeybourne