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

“I loved my middle school years,” said no one I know, ever. Being a teenager is hard, there is no doubt about that. But let’s be real here: the preteen years are even harder. Puberty takes over your body physically and hormonally and, if you’re like me, you have to transition from a traditional elementary

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Claudia Addeo, MS

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

Incontinence in autism comes with its own unique set of daily challenges. Comforting and supporting your child, preparing for accidents, and avoiding sensory triggers may leave you exhausted at the end of the day. On top of that, you may soon have travel coming up. However, traveling with incontinence is not impossible, but is actually

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Cheryl Williams

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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in Autism Parenting Advice by Brit Smart, MEd