How to Help Your Autistic Child Relax After School

How to Help Your Autistic Child Relax After School

I started my career as a teacher in a school for children with severe, profound, multiple, and additional needs and then became the Head of Autism for a London Borough. Yet before my own son started school, I had images of picking him up from school, getting a huge cuddle, and spending the afternoon chatting

Which Pets Are Best for Children with Autism? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-pets-for-children-with-autism

Which Pets Are Best for Children with Autism?

Pets are a wonderful addition to any home. They provide us with hours of enjoyment, comfort, and love. For families who have an autistic child, there are even more benefits to be had from the addition of a furry friend to the family. But what are the best pets for autistic children? While there’s no

5 Tips for Moving With a Child on the Autism Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/moving-with-child-autism-spectrum/

5 Tips for Moving With a Child on the Autism Spectrum

Moving can be one of the most stressful events in life. Moving with a child on the autism spectrum is especially complicated and can be an emotional rollercoaster.  We are a military family, so moving is just part of our lives. Transitions, however, are still tough. Whether you have just moved or are planning an

How to Explain Autism to a Child Who’s Diagnosed https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/explaining-autism-to-child/

How to Explain Autism to a Child Who’s Diagnosed

One of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do is explain autism to my oldest son. He was diagnosed shortly before his eighth birthday. His introduction to autism spectrum disorder came in the form of his younger brother’s diagnosis, and it was clear that Jeremy and Joey were at two different parts of the

7 Things to Do When You Lose Patience with an Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/losing-patience-with-autistic-child/

7 Things to Do When You Lose Patience With an Autistic Child

We’ve all been there. Our child is getting on our last nerve, and we finally lose all patience. Every parent goes through this. But children with autism react differently to a parent losing their cool than a neurotypical child does. So, what do you do when you are losing patience with an autistic child? It

11 Things Not to Do With an Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/what-not-to-do-autistic-child/

11 Things Not to Do With an Autistic Child

Following an autism diagnosis, every parent will ask themselves what to do and what not to do with an autistic child. They are reasonable questions as parents want what’s best for their kids going forward. Every child with autism will require different supports, but there are still certain things all parents should avoid. From personal

Fear From a Single Parent’s Perspective https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/fear-from-single-parents-perspective/

Fear: From a Single Parent’s Perspective

A single mom allows readers insight into her deepest fears as a parent of children on the autism spectrum. Fear is a word that is used often and an emotion felt by most people daily. Fear is the onset of anxiety; it creates doubt, pressure, depression, and frustration. It causes people to procrastinate. Fear destroys

The Link Between Autism and Temperature Regulation https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-temperature-regulation/

The Link Between Autism and Temperature Regulation

Does your child with autism refuse to wear a coat in the winter or insist on wearing warmer clothes when it’s cold? Does a child’s body temperature often register a fever when they are perfectly healthy? Unfortunately, autism and temperature regulation issues often go hand-in-hand. While it’s different for each individual, it’s a common problem

How To Choose the Best Autism Stim Toys https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-autism-stim-toys/

How To Choose the Best Autism Stim Toys

When your child has been diagnosed with autism, it can sometimes be hard to find a way to ensure they play well. Many children on the autism spectrum tend to stim. That’s why autism stim toys were created. These toys help provide stimulation for the senses and can help regulate the child’s nervous system. There

Long-Term Planning for Your Child With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/long-term-autism-planning/

Long-Term Planning for Your Child With Autism

For parents with a child on the spectrum, any future consideration may feel overwhelming. However, the comfort of knowing your child’s future is secure is worth it. Parents hope and dream that their child with autism will progress, grow, and become an independent adult. Because of this, it is not uncommon for some to avoid

What is an Autism Coach, and Why You Might Need One https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-coach/

What is an Autism Coach, and Why You Might Need One

Your child has recently been diagnosed with autism, so what do you do? It’s a new world that you and your child must navigate together. There’s no one-size-fits-all way to work with your autistic child. “So how can you make life easier for your child? Maybe an autism coach is the answer.” Many neurotypical people

Choosing an Autism Babysitter: 10 Things to Consider https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/choosing-autism-babysitter/

Choosing an Autism Babysitter: 10 Things to Consider

An autism babysitter could be an excellent option for parents who need to know that their child’s special needs are being met. Finding quality child care, whether at a child care center or home, can be challenging when parents seek candidates to meet their child’s needs. A child’s development and safety are of utmost importance,

The Strengths and Struggles of Being Autistic Parents https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-parents/

The Strengths and Struggles of Being Autistic Parents

When our child gets diagnosed with autism, it opens up a range of questions. “How can we help them?” “What will their future be like?” “Will they be able to have children?” “What’s life like for autistic parents?“ Depending on our knowledge of autism and how it affects those on the spectrum, we may already

Adapting to Change 10 Tips For Autism Parents https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-parents-adapting-to-change/

Adapting to Change: 10 Tips For Autism Parents

Change is part of life. We move from one task to the next or even move house. But many autistic children thrive on consistency and a schedule – struggle adapting to change.   This struggle can cause stress for the children, parents, teachers, and others interacting with them during these difficult transitions. Instead of reacting, parents,

Can My Child Have Autism and Depression? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/depression-autism-child/

Can My Child Have Autism and Depression?

As a parent, seeing your child battle depression can be one of the most difficult things to do. You want to help them through it and see brighter days ahead, no matter how bleak things may look at the time. But what about children with autism? Can a child have autism and depression? The simple

How to Enjoy Fireworks with a Person with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-autism-children-enjoy-fireworks/

How to Enjoy Fireworks with a Person with Autism

Tips on how people on the Autism Spectrum can stay safe with Independence Day fast approaching Independence Day is fast approaching in the United States, and that means the sure signs of American patriotism will be on full display. Families will be going to picnics and barbecues, fun will be had at the nearest lake

What Are The Top Questions About Autism Spectrum Disorders? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/questions-about-autism/

What Are The Top Questions About Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Getting a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can seem daunting to many parents and families. What does this mean? What are the symptoms? And what therapies are available?  We have done some research and digging and got some answers to central questions. This article is not an exhaustive list and will not answer all

Q&A Help From an Expert… HELP: My nine-year-old cannot speak

Q&A Help From an Expert… HELP: My nine-year-old cannot speak

Q: I have a nine-year-old girl who is not able to speak fully. She can spell some words when we teach her, but I want her to get better in her speech. Any suggestions, please? A: Hi Kavitha, Firstly, saying a letter in isolation can often be easier than saying a whole word with multi-syllables

Parenting the Hormonal Autistic Adolescent

Parenting the Hormonal Autistic Adolescent

Ideas for supporting children on the spectrum as they enter puberty, navigate hormones and explore relationships. As a working mom of three children, ranging from ages four to 15, it is safe to say that I have a lot on my plate. The thing is, all parents have a lot on their plates. We must

The Prevalence of ADHD in Mothers https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/being-mom-with-adhd/

The Prevalence of ADHD in Mothers

The mom that has it “all together” is an idea pitched to us from all sides. That picture most moms have in their heads of what the “perfect mom” is a well dressed lady, works inside and outside the home, super organized, has kids who are clean and sitting at the table eating a full

Autism and Suicide Why Autistic Individuals are High Risk https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-depression-suicide-risk/

Autism and Suicide: Why Autistic Individuals are High Risk

“How is he?” my mother in law asked worriedly as she hugged me tight. “Not good, I don’t know how to reach him, he is here, but so far away”, I explained through the tears running down my face. My precious son had been struggling for weeks emotionally and physically. From my own personal experience

Teaching Autistic Children Critical Thinking Skills https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teaching-children-critical-thinking-skills/

Teaching Autistic Children Critical Thinking Skills

What is so important about teaching autistic children critical thinking skills? These skills are important to everyday decisions and obstacles an individual may face, there are many neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals that have a hard time with these skills. This article is going to outline abstract and conceptual thinking skills development, practice, and use in

7 Tips on How to Interact with an Autistic Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-child-interaction/

7 Tips on How to Interact with an Autistic Child

Interactions and communication can be at the top of the list of concerns when you wonder how to interact with an autistic child. There really isn’t an exact science that would work for all children on the spectrum. Understanding your child and their unique interests is a crucial starting point. This is a step that

Autism and Expressing Love: Relationships on the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-expresses-love/

Autism and Expressing Love: Relationships on the Spectrum

Lilly sat on the sofa watching her favorite TV program when her 5-year-old autistic son, Jonas, gently laid a blanket from his bed on her lap. And then another. And another. Lilly soon realized it was his way of showing love, and she wondered about the connection between autism and expressing love. This article will

Autism Emotions: Recognizing and Supporting Your Child’s Feelings https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-emotions/

Autism Emotions: Recognizing and Supporting Your Child’s Feelings

When it comes to being a parent of a child with autism, emotions can be challenging for both parties. There are many assumptions made when individuals think about people with autism spectrum disorders and their emotional responses. This article is going to key in on: If you, your child, or someone you know has been

Autism Guardianship and Alternative Options to Consider https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-guardianship-alternative

Autism Guardianship and Alternative Options to Consider

Autism guardianship is a decision with major repercussions; for some parents, however, it may seem like the only choice offering maximum protection for their almost adult child with developmental disabilities. In most countries around the world a child becomes a legal adult on their 18th birthday; this is a fact most parents find terrifying. Thinking

Autism Coping Skills: Key to Reducing Overwhelm https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/coping-skills-reducing-overwhelm

Autism Coping Skills: Key to Reducing Overwhelm

Parents of autistic children may have thought to themselves, “What are some autism coping skills and strategies I could use with my child?” Understanding when their children have meltdowns or become triggered by some outside factor is a good starting point. Knowing about coping strategies and teaching them can help support autistic children in difficult

Tips to Revitalize and Strengthen Your Marriage

Tips to Revitalize and Strengthen Your Marriage

The challenges of parenting a child with special needs can put a strain on relationships. Here are a few ideas that could help revitalize your marriage or partnership. “So what are you buying John for your anniversary?” my girlfriend Jean asked me. “It depends on which John you’re talking about because I think I married

Putting Love into Life Skills

Putting Love into Life Skills

An article about how parents and educators can teach neurodivergent children love as a life skill. My early days in special education were a rollercoaster. I was excited, terrified, overconfident, and underprepared. All of my supervisors and trainers had instilled in me the importance of building student independence and involvement in their community and education.

Learning to Laugh

Learning to Laugh

An neurodiverse adult advises parents on how to help their children learn to laugh at themselves and with others in a positive way. I would always say, “Sorry, blonde moment!” as a cover-up whenever I didn’t understand something right away. Now that I’m back to my natural hair color as a brunette, I guess I