Collaboration between school representatives and parents is the foremost approach to accurate educational planning for children with special needs. This process rests primarily on the principle that parental participation is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). All parents can and should contribute meaningfully to their child’s education; as such involvement is integral

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in Education and Classroom by Laurie Wellner, EdD

It’s a sad fact that school shootings have become quite common. 2018 is already on track to be a deadlier year than 2017. Last year 25 students or teachers were killed in school shootings. So far, in 2018, there has been a 63% increase in deaths from school shootings. As a result, most schools now

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in Autism Safety by Sandy Fields, BAPSY

Knowing and understanding your procedural safeguards (parental rights) is very important when seeking the appropriate special education services for your child. Since the majority of students with disabilities receive special education services in the general education setting, being aware of laws and regulations with inclusion will point you in the right direction. Federal law does

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in Autism Advocacy by Nicole Bovell, MSE

As a former Special Education teacher and a mother to two boys on the Autism Spectrum, the best thing you can do for your child with autism is to be their voice. The path to a successful life for your child depends greatly on you, their parent. I understand completely how everything that comes with

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in Education and Classroom by Angela Conrad

This is the question of the month as featured in Issue Number 10 Question: Can bullying being put into an IEP? Answer: In the USA and the UK bullying can be addressed in the IEP (Individualized Education Program).  In the USA, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires public schools to provide FAPE (Free Appropriate

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in Bullying by Leslie Burby

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

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in Autism Parenting Advice by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Jenny sat facing the ocean and, as the waves rolled in and out, so did her anxiety. That morning, at her daughter’s Well-Child Visit, she’d heard the pediatrician’s recommendation for a formal evaluation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but she couldn’t quite process it yet. “I don’t even know how to get my child tested

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in Autism Diagnosis by Rachel Andersen

A detailed overview of the different educational options available for children on the spectrum. It has often been said that if you’ve met one child with autism, then you have met one child with autism. Parents can easily become overwhelmed with trying to address all the needs of their child with autism.    Anxious parents often

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in Education and Classroom by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Autism Parenting Magazine provides information on a number of subjects to help parents and educators. You can see a list of our subject categories below Autism Activities for Kids Therapeutic activities, playground, travel, summer camps, art projects, puzzles, board games, indoor/outdoor games Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA) Changing behavior using positive reinforcement; applied behavior analysis (ABA) is

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in by David

HOME     BACK ISSUES     FREE ISSUE     ABOUT     CONTACT     LOGIN subscribe Home Back issues Free Issue About Contact Login Subscribe Autism Parenting Magazine – Issue 135  BUY SINGLE ISSUE FOR $5.99 Buy Single Issue  SAVE 50% BY SUBSCRIBING Subscribe today and save 50%Features:Social Behavior and Autism: Can Social Skills Be Taught?A

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in by Joan Echem

The traditional summer camp experience is something a lot of people look forward to attending, but what about a summer camp for autism? There are plenty of questions to ask and qualifications to check out when considering a camp for your child on the spectrum. When the school year ends, how do you know if

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Donnesa McPherson, AAS

Last June, my oldest son graduated from high school. All parents who can say that about their children are proud, but for parents of children with autism, and learning challenges, it has an elevated meaning. My son graduating meant that he accomplished something we didn’t think was going to be possible for a long time.

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in Education and Classroom by Rachel Andersen

The joys of parenthood include the sheer delight that comes with finding something that helps our children through a particular struggle. For many children with autism, the challenges can be fierce, and often include sensory difficulties. Choosing autism noise canceling headphones can result in relief for our children, and also excitement of finding something that

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in Sensory Solutions by Rachel Andersen

It was March 2020 and the world had just shut down. My five-year-old had just been admitted into the gifted program at school but had not started in his new classes yet. Suddenly, I was supposed to homeschool a not-yet-diagnosed child on the autism spectrum who was smarter than me already. My ever-moving, always talking,

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in Sensory Solutions by Rachel Andersen

If you have questions pertaining to guardianship, this article will guide you along. What is Guardianship? Guardianship needs to be considered in two scenarios: 1. When the parents die 2. While the parents are still alive First scenario: when the parents die Let’s consider the scenario of parents passing away when the child still needs

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in Financial Planning by Ryan Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

Home Back issues Free Issue About Contact Login Subscribe Surge In Cannabidiol For ASD KidsAutism Parenting Magazine – Issue 130 BUY SINGLE ISSUE FOR $5.99 Buy Single Issue SAVE 50% BY SUBSCRIBING Subscribe today and save 50%What’s in this issue?It’s officially the holiday season! This magical time of year includes festive jingles, multi-course meals, and

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in by Joan Echem

As a parent, it is important to make connections with other parents who relate to your stage of life. Realizing someone else truly understands your child’s hardships and triumphs can bring so much encouragement.   For many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), these connections are often few and far between. Sharing your child’s

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in Potty Training by Rachel Andersen

Parents of children with autism are inundated with questions while trying to provide the best care for their children. Many options exist for therapies, advocation, medical assistance, physicians, and the list goes on. Knowing which options will be best for their autistic children, and if they will have the financial resources to pay for them,

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in Financial Planning by Rachel Andersen

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

An autism expert offers advice on what steps to take if you discover your child has difficulty hearing. So, you have just discovered your child with autism also has hearing loss. Now, you are left wondering what more could possibly be added to your plate? Take a breath and realize that this is just another

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Ron Malcolm, EdD

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

Functional behavior analysis can be used in special education or in Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA, to allow the observer to learn what triggers and leads to challenging behaviors. This type of intervention helps us learn the function of difficult behaviors as well as environmental factors that may impact or interfere with Behavior

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Executive dysfunction in children with autism is a key issue. Executive function itself refers to planning, working memory, impulse control, inhibition, initiation, and monitoring of tasks or actions. All of these elements can be impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Executive functioning is mediated by the frontal lobe, meaning any developmental delay that implicates the

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

How do we think about movement? Are the differences between healthy movement patterns and deficits easy to spot? How much do individual movement skills vary? Families of children with autism spectrum disorder are often confronted with technical terms and diagnoses related to physical abilities; “low tone”,“motor planning delays”,and “trunk stability deficits”. Physical therapy can provide

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Eric Chessen, MS

An autism mom shares her son’s journey to adulthood and provides suggestions for other parents of children on the spectrum.  When my son, John, was diagnosed with autism at age three, all my focus was on early intervention and educational goals that would hopefully prepare him for a regular school setting. Once he entered the

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in Transitioning to Adulthood by Dottie Davis

A look at whether the mainstream education system is doing the best it can for children with autism. To decide if our schools are using the best model for our children, we need to think of the environment, the interventions, and the impact of both on our children. Most school interventions in the US are

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in Education and Classroom by Marcia Eckerd, PhD

When your child is the target of bullying, your first response is often an emotional one, followed by wanting to act in the most effective, action-oriented way. This article offers a few helpful suggestions. When you discover your child is being bullied, you may be angry, fearful, or sad. These emotional responses are natural for

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in Bullying by Julie Hertzog

Many parents are currently having to make critical decisions on the education of their children with autism. Some students will be going to school full-time. Others will be staying home until parents feel it is safe for them to return to the classroom. Finally, some parents will be selecting a hybrid model for their child

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in Education and Classroom by Ron Malcolm, EdD

As humans, we generally like knowing what to expect. Before we apply for a job, purchase a vacuum, book a trip, or whatever, we ask around or go online to acquire all the information we can find. Knowing what to expect provides us with the cushion of comfort we crave before diving in. Expectations are

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in Autism Solutions by Sofia Yassine, MEd

This is a letter many special needs parents might want to send due to the changes brought by COVID-19, but don’t have the time or energy to do so… It’s been a long nine months and I want to share some perspective.  During a typical school year, we special needs parents and families struggle. We

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in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Melanie Milicevic

Marisa DiChiacchio shares the story of her son Connor’s Sanfilippo syndrome diagnosis in an effort to raise awareness of this serious condition, which often masks itself as autism. My son Connor had autism. Actually, he still does, but we found out something else from the doctors.  Something shocking and unexpected. I hope that sharing my

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Marisa DiChiacchio

Many students and parents think about college. Is college a possibility? How can we best prepare? Where do we look? What do we ask for? All good questions. Many students on the autism spectrum do well academically, and graduate high school with grades that make them candidates for college. We’ve all heard that one in

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in Education and Classroom by Marcia Eckerd, PhD

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in the case of a student with special needs, it takes an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) team. At the age of 16, students with an IEP are considered part of the team. They are expected to attend their educational meetings and advocate for themselves.

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in Transitioning to Adulthood by Crystal Gallagher

Stimming, which is a nickname for “self-stimulatory behavior” is a repetitive behavior such as head banging, hand flapping, rocking, or making noises or sounds that helps a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to self-soothe. In the case of vocal stimming (or verbal stimming), the child might make noises such as groaning, grunting, high- pitched

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Sharon Longo, BA

When it comes to understanding how their autistic child will be accommodated at school, parents have many resources at their disposal. But experts advise that preparations for performance in the classrooms must start before the bell rings, and that a focused student transportation plan can aid in their overall education. And, because the education equation

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in Education and Classroom by Megan Carey

HOME     BACK ISSUES     FREE ISSUE     ABOUT     CONTACT     LOGIN subscribe Home Back issues Free Issue About Contact Login Subscribe Autism Parenting Magazine – Issue 107  BUY SINGLE ISSUE FOR $5.99 Buy Single Issue  SAVE 50% BY SUBSCRIBING Subscribe today and save 50%Features:Accreditation—Why Parents Should Care About It and Organizations Should

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in by Joseph

It was a beautiful day in early autumn. I was in my mother’s backyard with my children, draining a little pool we had set up for them. I wanted to take them in and get them dried off because we were about to have some lunch. My mother had wisely installed a latticed room on

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in Autism Safety by Kate Foley

Many children with disabilities struggle to make friends at school, church, or within their neighborhoods. Children with autism are no different. Nothing hurts the heart of parents more than witnessing the social isolation that their child with autism may be experiencing daily. So, how can parents help? Here is a list of ten practical suggestions

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in Social Skills by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Question: My son is 17.5 years old and we are not sure if we should move forward with Guardianship. Do you have any advice on how to make that decision? For some families the question of attaining Guardianship for their child with autism at age 18 is an easy one, simply based on their child’s

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in Financial Planning by Ryan Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

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