Autism and Introversion: What’s the Difference? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-introversion/

Autism and Introversion: What’s the Difference?

It’s easy to confuse autism and introversion since both conditions impact how a person interacts with the world. So many times, parents and caregivers wonder where the lines blur. Let’s get it straightened out once and for all and provide you with some practical help to ensure everyone gets what they need. If you’d like

Is There a Link Between Autism and Stubbornness? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-stubbornness/

Is There a Link Between Autism and Stubbornness?

My son refuses to watch the Barbie movie. He insists Oppenheimer is the better of the two films that made up the Barbenheimer craze of 2023. Here’s the thing: he’s never seen either movie. Jeremy insists Oppenheimer is good and Barbie is bad due to stubbornness. He is also on the autism spectrum. Is there

Autism and a School Concert: Here's What You Must Consider https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-school-concert/

Autism and a School Concert: Here’s What You Must Consider

A fun part of children attending school for parents can be the school concert. When your child is musically inclined, or if they just love music in general, they can have fun with the concerts around the holidays and the end of the school year. But with autism, school concerts can take on a different

How to Create a Personal Space Social Story https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/personal-space-social-story/

How to Create a Personal Space Social Story

Social stories about personal space can help a person with autism to understand their personal space boundaries better while respecting those of others. Social stories can range from being a personal space social story that helps the individual better understand personal space boundaries and respect the personal space of others to different situations, like visiting

Autism and Aggression: A Social Story for Hitting https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-story-hitting/

Autism and Aggression: A Social Story for Hitting

“Ow! Joey’s hitting me!” That phrase has been said far too often in my home. My son is considered “profound” on the autism spectrum and needs a lot of redirection. So, what do you do when your child is aggressive and hitting? Many autism advocates suggest using a social story for hitting. In simple terms,

Expert Q&A Peer Relationships and Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/peer-relationships-related-to-autism/

Expert Q&A: Peer Relationships and Autism

Here is some expert advice from Michelle Ridsdale on peer relationships related to autism. Sometimes, parents are concerned about their children’s peer relationships. They want to know what the experts say and what things parents should look for in their autistic child’s behavior, attitude, self-esteem, etc. Positive peer relationships and peer acceptance are difficult for

How to Stop Criticizing Yourself and Others as a Person With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-to-stop-criticism/

How to Stop Criticizing Yourself and Others as a Person With Autism

I walked into his room. Tears poured down my cheeks against my will. I couldn’t help it. My son, whose meltdown and unkind words were the inspiration for my tears, looked at me with shock. He ran to me and put his arms around me and said he was sorry. I hugged him back and

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Autism: Understanding the Differences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-antisocial-personality-disorder/

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Autism: Understanding the Differences

A lack of empathy is often erroneously described as a defining characteristic of autism spectrum disorder, leading to speculation about children on the spectrum developing antisocial personality disorders in adulthood. “Autistic people and psychopaths are almost the opposite of each other…” This remark, made by Professor Baron-Cohen during an interview for the Autism Parenting Summit

How Does Autism Affect Social Skills? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-affect-social-skills/

How Does Autism Affect Social Skills?

As parents there are many questions we ask ourselves when it comes to our children with autism and, in this article, we will discuss one of those questions: how does autism affect social skills? We want what is best for our children, and with so many articles and books describing autism, ways to help improve

Autism and Social Anxiety: Overlap, Similarities, and Differences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-anxiety-differences

Autism and Social Anxiety: Overlap, Similarities, and Differences

Becky beamed as she walked out the front door of her friend’s house, hurried down the steps and out to her mom’s car. The excitement of the party was overshadowed a bit by another kind of happiness—triumph. She had survived the party without an anxiety attack, for the first time ever. Social anxiety had been

Autism and Humor: Laughing on the Spectrum! https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-spectrum-humor/

Autism and Humor: Laughing on the Spectrum!

The sound of Johnny’s laughter reverberated off the walls of the RV they had rented for the weekend. Camping was a rarity in their family, as was the sound of his giggles. His mother, Connie, drank in the sound; it was as comforting and welcome as her morning cup of coffee. Since his autism diagnosis

How to be a True Friend: A Reflection on Belonging and Relationships

How to be a True Friend: A Reflection on Belonging and Relationships

An autistic advocate draws from her personal experiences to offer advice on remaining true as a friend and building lasting relationships. “Once, at the ANCA World Autism Festival in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, a very sweet and gentle Japanese lady—no older than her early-twenties—sat next to me during the screening of a documentary film. We sat

Demanding or Outspoken? Let’s Explore

Demanding or Outspoken? Let’s Explore

How to help children become aware of social cues that could be beneficial when faced with challenging situations. Suppose an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is aware of what he/she wants and is outspoken—how can we help him/her adjust (or use a softened approach for) how he/she voices views and opinions? If we focus

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and Autism: Is There a Link? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-dysphoria-link/

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and Autism: Is There a Link?

An overview of rejection sensitive dysphoria, a condition that causes an intense emotional response to real or perceived rejection, and its possible connection to autism spectrum disorder. I watched in slow motion as my son Owen fell head first into the side of the open french door. The blood curdling screams that followed were nothing

Is Face Blindness Linked to Autism? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/face-blindness-linked-to-autism/

Is Face Blindness Linked to Autism?

Parents with children on the spectrum often speak about their kids’ difficulty recognizing faces, even those of friends and relatives. Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, means a person cannot recognize that they’ve seen a face before; this condition, found in many on the spectrum, may have serious psychosocial consequences. What do you see when you look

Social Behavior and Autism: Can Social Skills Be Taught? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-behavior-interactions/

Social Behavior and Autism: Can Social Skills Be Taught?

When someone is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), social cues, language skills and the ability to decipher what the other person or people are expecting, socially, can be difficult or misconstrued. This can equate to a delay in social skills as well as related behaviors, expectations, and interactions. What is social behavior? Social behavior

9 Tips on How to Make and Maintain Friends as an Autistic Teen https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-friend-maintenance-tips/

9 Tips on How to Make and Maintain Friends as an Autistic Teen

There’s a common misconception that autistic teens are anti-social and don’t want to have friends. This is untrue. Most of us want to have social lives, friendships, and a sense of belonging, just like everyone else. So, how do you make friends as an autistic teen? Friendships can be extremely positive and beneficial. A friend

Friendships can form at all stages of life, but the process of making friends can be challenging for children with autism.

Friendships From the Perspective of an Autism Mom

Friendships can form at all stages of life, but the process of making friends can be challenging for children with autism. All friendships are defined differently in every stage of life. Toddlers and preschool-age friends have less requirements and less expectations than teenagers and adults. The older you become, the more complex relationships become. Relationships

A psychology and mental health expert shares her top tips for how you can help your autistic child develop good social skills.

Five Social Skills Activities For Children With Autism

A psychology and mental health expert shares her top tips for how you can help your autistic child develop good social skills. While it’s a common myth that autism causes a child to be anti-social, children with autism need and want to make friends. However, they lack essential communication skills to function socially with peers.

Social Anxiety: Through the Eyes of an Autism Mom

Social Anxiety: Through the Eyes of an Autism Mom

Follow the account of an autism mom whose daughter, despite attending various therapies, began to revert to previous behaviors due to social anxiety.  My youngest daughter is autistic and suffers from social anxiety. At first, I thought the characteristics she was exhibiting was a part of her diagnosis, so I was not concerned about the

Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Social and Emotional Skills

Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Social and Emotional Skills

As COVID-19 restrictions continue, here’s how to make use of resources in the comfort of your own home for developing your child’s social-emotional skills. COVID-19 has impacted all children, but some children, including those on the spectrum, may have been affected more dramatically than others.  Children with autism often find it hard to:  Recognize emotions,

Why is Eye Contact Difficult for Autistic People? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-eye-contact/

Why is Eye Contact Difficult for Autistic People?

Eye contact avoidance in autism is an issue that troubles many parents with children on the spectrum. Should they encourage it? How can they manage the avoidance without causing anxiety? These questions, and others like them, are often approached with a narrow, neurotypical perspective. Society places a high value on eye contact for connecting, showing

Halloween with Social Story

Halloween with Social Story

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time of the year for many children. It can be a time of parties and candy. However, transitions between various activities and sudden changes in daily routines can be particularly upsetting for some children with autism. Parents, however, can help to alleviate some of these stresses by utilizing

Social Skills and Navigating the Playground Part II

Play is very complex, especially when teaching children with autism, but it is essential to social skills development. Children naturally engage in play on the playground at recess; however, for children with autism, play does not come as easily. The playground is unpredictable, loud, chaotic, and can be an extremely overwhelming place for a child

My Child with Autism Has No Friends. What Can A Parent Do to Help

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

Teaching Social Skills and Navigating the Playground https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teaching-social-skills-navigation/

Teaching Social Skills and Navigating the Playground

Recess is often thought of as a break for both teachers and children. It is a time for teachers to take a breather, eat a snack, go to the bathroom, check emails, etc. As for children, recess is a time to “let some energy out.” However, for children with autism, recess can be challenging. It’s

How TV and Movies Have Helped Me Gain Social Skills

How TV and Movies Have Helped Me Gain Social Skills

When I was younger, just a child, I used to spend a lot of time in front of the TV. When I became a teenager and discovered the magic of movies and films, I would try to watch them as much as possible. I didn’t think about this until recently but watching TV and movies

Helping Your Autistic Child Make Friends on the Playground https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/make-friends-on-playground-with-asd/

Helping Your Autistic Child Make Friends on the Playground

The playground represents a time for having fun and forming friendships. However, for a child with autism, the playground is chaotic, unpredictable, loud, and over-stimulating. We often see children with autism walking away from the park to avoid chaos. So, how can we help autistic children make friends on the playground? Let’s learn all about

Cats and Autism: Improving Social Skills in Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/cats-help-children-with-autism/

Cats and Autism: Improving Social Skills in Children

Our cats are some of our best furry companions, but most people don’t know there’s a wonderful connection between cats and autism. Not only are they excellent cuddle buddies, but they can also provide unique support and enhance the lives of children on the spectrum. Therapy and medical intervention play important roles in managing autism,

Planning the Best Playdate for Your Child With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/planning-best-playdate-with-autism/

Planning the Best Playdate for Your Child With Autism

The word “playdate” is a dreaded word for many autism families.  I know numerous families that will avoid playdates for several reasons. Many parents think their child cannot participate in them because they lack the play, social, and verbal skills to be successful. Some parents will not schedule playdates because they are not themselves social.