Expert Advice When You Think You Might Have Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/advice-when-you-have-autism/
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Expert Advice When You Think You Might Have Autism

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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Beaches Turks and Caicos: Paradise for Special Needs Families https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/paradise-for-special-needs-families/
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Beaches Turks and Caicos: 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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Perception Matters: The Interesting Impact of Autism on Marriage

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 https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/combat-negative-thoughts-with-asd/
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How to Combat Negative Thoughts and Find Happiness 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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Volunteering With Special Needs: Teaching the Served to Serve https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/volunteering-special-needs-teaching-serve/
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Volunteering With Special Needs: Teaching the Served to Serve

When most people think of special needs kids and serving, they naturally assume that the recipients of the service are the special needs kids themselves. As history is proof, that is generally the case. People volunteer at Special Olympics. They are a “buddy” to a child at a school or on a sports league geared

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Terrific Tips for Surviving Theme Parks When a Child Has Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/tips-parks-child-special-needs/
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Terrific Tips for Surviving Theme Parks When a Child Has Special Needs

Ah, theme parks! Whether it’s Disney World, Universal Studios, or some manifestation of National Lampoon’s Walley World, theme parks are a family vacation hot-spot. But when your child has special needs the crowds, noise, and lines may make this kind of destination seem off limits. Growing up with a younger sister who has severe autism,

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A Changing Child With Autism Needs a Changing Parent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/changing-child-autism-needs-parent/
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A Changing Child With Autism Needs a Changing Parent

Diagnosis often brings with it clarity of thought. We are given an explanation and often concrete actions in the shape of therapy. A lot of therapy. We take our child to so much therapy that our clarity becomes lost in the fog of scheduling, implementing, analyzing, assessing, researching, changing, and repeating that cycle. Then one

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Best Ways to Travel With Autism and Incontinence https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-ways-to-travel-autism/
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Best Ways to Travel With Autism and Incontinence

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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Making the Most of Spring Break With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/making-spring-break-with-autism/
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Making the Most of Spring Break With Autism

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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For Better or Worse: How to Overcome the Effects of Autism on Marriage https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/effects-of-autism-on-marriage/
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For Better or Worse: How to Overcome the Effects of Autism on Marriage

My marriage almost ended. The daily stress and energy expended to advocate for and raise my active and unusual child on the autism spectrum led to complete exhaustion and meltdown. There was simply nothing left for anyone else, including my spouse. Hyper-focus on my son’s well-being, coupled with differences between my partner and me in

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Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/finding-balance-as-special-needs/
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Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent

The phone rings, I pick up, and a dear friend asks if I am coming to the potluck tonight. I say thank you, and I wish I could, but I am terribly swamped tonight and perhaps another time. What I don’t say is, my son is having a bad day, he is on his tenth

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8 Valentine’s Day Wishes For Special Needs Families https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/valentines-day-wishes-special-needs-families
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8 Valentine’s Day Wishes For Special Needs Families

It’s the end of the evening and you’re packing your child’s book bag for the next school day, when you notice a medium-sized piece of red construction paper at the bottom of the bag.  As you reach down and pull the paper out, a smile crosses your face because of what you find—a little, heart-shaped

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Mind Palace: Easy Ways to Connect With Your Child's Creative Mind https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/connect-with-childs-creative-mind/
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Mind Palace: Easy Ways to Connect With Your Child’s Creative Mind

The images show representative neurons from unaffected brains (left) and brains from autistic patients (right); the spines on the neurons indicate the location of synapses. (Image: Guomei Tang and Mark S. Sonders/CUMC) When I began to suspect my son had autism, I had no idea how to connect or communicate with him. I was terrified

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HELP: My Autistic Teen Keeps Picking Fights with Me https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-keeps-picking-fights/
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HELP: My Autistic Teen Keeps Picking Fights with Me

I have a 13-year-old son with autism and have been trying to learn how to work with him, to understand him, and I just don’t get it.  When I’m at home, he just wants to pick a fight with me, and then when I walk away from him, he wants to follow me. Please help!—Troy

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Raising Children with Autism: Mothers Share Their Amazing Stories https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mother-share-their-amazing-stories/
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Raising Children with Autism: Mothers Share Their Amazing Stories

Dedicated to Rebecca  My name is Dr. Sharon Link-Wyer. I studied the lived experiences of mothers of children with high functioning autism (HFA) for my dissertation. While some aspects of the autism parenting phenomenon had been highlighted before I wrote my dissertation, none of the studies fully explained the phenomenon of maternal experiences as a

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How to Talk With Children With Autism About Death and Grief https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/talk-about-death-and-grief/
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How to Talk With Children With Autism About Death and Grief

When Benay Josselson’s husband, Steven, died suddenly at age 39, she knew she was entering uncharted territory. In the midst of dealing with her own devastating loss, she needed to help her young children, ages five and eight at the time, process the death of their father. Making matters more complicated, the older of the

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Parenting a Unique Child: A Child Like Mine https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/a-unique-child-like-mine/
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Parenting a Unique Child: A Child Like Mine

It’s a BOY! I was overwhelmed with joy, pure joy. I was going to be a mom of a baby boy. Being a former tomboy, I enjoyed everything boy-related. I loved comic book superheroes, action figures, scary movies, playing with trucks and trains—all the stereotypical things related to boys. I was destined to have a

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Seven Heartfelt Father’s Day Gifts For Special Needs Dads https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gifts-for-special-needs-dads/
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Seven Heartfelt Father’s Day Gifts For Special Needs Dads

Happy Father’s Day! I’m writing this letter to let you know how much I appreciate you and the important role you play in my life. There’s no greeting card that could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. Fathering a special needs child requires inner strength, patience and extraordinary love for one’s son

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Ten Best Things About Raising a Kid With Autism Today https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ten-best-things-about-raising-autism-child
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Ten Best Things About Raising a Kid With Autism Today

As a mom of a terrific 20-year-old son on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum, it has recently occurred to me that as a young mom of a newly-diagnosed kid, I would have appreciated reading about all the great things that were ahead of me as my son worked his way through puberty

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Thoughtful Advice for Parenting the Neurotypical Sibling https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/neurotypical-sibling-parenting-advice-autism
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Thoughtful Advice for Parenting the Neurotypical Sibling

Having a sibling with the autism is very different than having a child with it. It’s something that often makes us stronger, more patient, and more mature than others, but it can also be a struggle. While parents might have read a lot about how to treat their diagnosed child, they might overlook the fact

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Ways to Use Mindful Parenting to Overcome Frustration and Stress https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mindful-parenting-to-overcome-frustration-and-stress
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Ways to Use Mindful Parenting to Overcome Frustration and Stress

“Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things,” according to Ellen Langer, who has researched mindfulness for four decades.[1] But, when it comes to parenting, it is much more than that. Mindfulness is the capacity to be fully aware and present in the moment. [2] Giving our children our full attention is one of

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These Autism Mom Hacks Will Make Your Day https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-mom-hacks
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These Autism Mom Hacks Will Make Your Day

I have three autistic children, along with three who are neurotypical. They were all born within a 12-year period. As you might imagine, our family household was a wild and crazy 20-year rollercoaster ride as they were all growing up. I, through desperation, trial and error, magical luck, and vivid imagination, came up with what

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Choosing The Best Childcare For Your ASD Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/choosing-right-childcare-autism
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Choosing The Right Childcare For Your Autistic Child

Leaving your child in someone else’s hands can be a nerve-wracking experience for any parent. You may ask yourself, will your child be properly cared for? Will the carer have the same child-focused ethos as you? Will your child enjoy the new experience or have separation anxiety? Of course, as the parent of a child with autism, these

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HELP: My Child with Autism Won't Give Up a Baby Bottle https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/my-child-wont-give-up-baby-bottle/
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HELP: My Child with Autism Won’t Give Up a Baby Bottle

My six-year-old son has autism and refuses to drink from anything other than his bottle. He has tried a sippy cup a few times but just won’t give up the bottle. What can I do? -Julie Hi Julie, Inflexibility and difficulty with change are SO common in kids with autism. They like things the way

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7 Tips To Help Support Married Couples on the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/tips-support-married-couples-autism
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7 Tips To Help Support Married Couples on the Spectrum

In June, at the Milestones 15th Annual Autism Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, my wife Kristen and I were on a panel with three other couples discussing “Love and Marriage on the Spectrum.” By speaking with these couples, I gained insight for successful marriages on the spectrum. I would like to share some of this vital

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New Ways Autistic Families Can Empower Themselves https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-families-can-empower-themselves
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New Ways Autistic Families Can Empower Themselves

Having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) presents many challenges. As with most challenges in life, it can’t be entirely surmounted without the help of others. However, political whims and prevailing economic conditions can have an impact on programs and services. Even the most effective organizations can lose their funding if funders choose to

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas When It's Hard to Go Out https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/valentines-day-date-ideas/
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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas When It’s Hard to Go Out

My husband Gary and I have been together for longer than I care to remember, and those who know us well know that romance comes way down in our list of priorities.  He’s busy with his full time job, and his fitness regime and I’m busy holding the fort at home and – well being

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Simple Tips Single-Parents with an Autistic Child Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/tips-single-parents-with-autistic-child-need-to-know
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Simple Tips Single-Parents with an Autistic Child Need to Know

For thirteen years I single-parented my son, Thomas, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was four.  Now Thomas is a 21-year-old college student.  As I look back on our journey together, I can’t help but realize the progress we’ve made.  Single parenting a special needs child was difficult at times.  I discovered that

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Autism and the Benefits of Early Intervention https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-early-intervention-benefits
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Autism and the Benefits of Early Intervention

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a rising percentage of the world population is being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As of 2014, an estimated 1 percent of the world population had an ASD, with the United States estimating 1 in 68 children or 3.5 million Americans living with ASD. Research

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