Creating Your Village: Tips from an Autism Mom
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Creating Your Village: Tips from an Autism Mom

Here’s why it’s essential to have a network of supportive individuals who can carry you through your autism parenting journey. I often hear that I am a strong mother for raising an autistic child on my own. As humbling as this statement is, I cannot sincerely accept all the credit. My 19-year-old son Julian has

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Q&A Help: My Child Bites and Hits Himself
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Q&A Help: My Child Bites and Hits Himself

My son is seven years old and has special needs with the inability to communicate through speech. He is not diagnosed as autistic but he has sensory issues and is unable to walk and carry out his frustrations. He bites and hits himself and we have tried many things for intervention. What are your thoughts

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Preparing for the Holidays
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Preparing for the Holidays

Ah the holidays, such a busy time. From preparing enough food to have leftovers for weeks, to gift shopping for family and friends, there are lots of tasks and traditions that come into play. There is no doubt the holiday season can be overwhelming for the average person; now, imagine those feelings times 10—that is

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Finding the Right ASD Therapist or Psychologist

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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Dear Mother of an Autistic Child: A Few Things You Should Know…

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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Here are five ways you can support your child’s social development. 
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Collaboration: Sibling and Peer Interaction

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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What Happens to Autistic Adults When Parents Die?
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What Happens to Autistic Adults When Parents Die?

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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Seven party planning ideas to prepare your little one with autism or sensory needs for social events.
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Planning Parties for Kids with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder

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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How to Manage Tough Situations and Conflicts
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How to Manage Tough Situations and Conflicts

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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An autism mom shares advice for raising a daughter on the spectrum, told from her own family’s perspective. 
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Raising a Daughter on the Spectrum: the Unique Challenges

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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Worried About Autism? Unveiling the World of Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/worried-about-autism/
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Worried About Autism? Unveiling the World of Autism

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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Autism and Grief: What to Do and How to Prepare https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/prepare-autism-grief
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Autism and Grief: What to Do and How to Prepare

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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Four Low Maintenance Pets for Children with Autism
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Four Low Maintenance Pets for Children with Autism

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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Teaching Concepts Rather Than Individual Skills
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Teaching Concepts Rather Than Individual Skills

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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Creating a ‘Perfect Environment’ at Home
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Creating a ‘Perfect Environment’ at Home

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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Structured VS Unstructured Play: Which is Better for Children with Autism?
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Structured VS Unstructured Play: Which is Better for Children with Autism?

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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Explaining Racism to Your Child with Autism
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Explaining Racism to Your Child With Autism

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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Five Tried and Tested Travel Tips for Your Autism Family
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Five Tried and Tested Travel Tips for Your Autism Family

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 the

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Leading with Choice: Honoring and Empowering Autistic Children
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Leading with Choice: Honoring and Empowering Autistic Children

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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Coping Strategies for Autism Caregivers

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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10 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe Online
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10 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe Online

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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Why Grandparents Are Important for Your Child with Autism
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Why Grandparents Are Important for Your Child with Autism

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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Should My Child with Autism Have A Pet?

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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Parent Burnout is Real… 5 Tips That Help

Autism 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

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When Autism Is Invisible To The World
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When Autism is Invisible to the World

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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The Benefits of Positive Statements for You and Your ASD Child
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The Benefits of Positive Statements for You and Your ASD Child

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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What Does Pathological Demand Avoidance Have to Do With Autism?
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What Does Pathological Demand Avoidance Have to Do With Autism?

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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Tips for Posting About Special Needs Parenting on Social Media
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5 Tips for Posting About Special Needs Parenting on Social Media

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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How to Connect With Your Autistic Child
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How to Connect With Your Autistic Child

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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