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An Exclusive Look at AUTISM With Jean M. Grant

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Jean M. Grant who is a scientist, author, and mom to two active, nature-loving sons. […]

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Why It’s Important to Embrace Autism Research

Why It’s Important to Embrace Autism Research https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/why-important-embrace-autism-research/

Research is very important for parents to understand—unfortunately, it isn’t something that a lot of families have time for or can easily access. It may seem that research exists in an ivory tower. I want to inspire you to embrace research. It helps inform the practitioners and teachers that work with your loved one on […]

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10 Behavior Analytic Steps to Forgiveness You Need to Know

10 Behavior Analytic Steps to Forgiveness You Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/behavior-analytic-forgiveness-to-know/

What constitutes forgiveness and the best pathway to achieving it is one of the most debated topics around. Some argue that in order to forgive, one must forget past transgressions and “take the high road” or “be the bigger person.” Others claim that forgiveness sets you free. What does all this mean and which philosophy […]

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Motherhood: Finding Their Joy…and Yours

Motherhood: Finding Their Joy…and Yours https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/motherhood-finding-their-joy-yours/

My mother always told me, “Motherhood is not for wimps.” No truer words can be spoken for any parent of a child on the spectrum. What keeps us going are the day to day and sometimes the moment to moment joys. As parents, watching our autistic children succeed or be valued for their contribution to […]

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Autism Warrior Siena Castellon Passionate Teen Helps Young People With Learning Differences

Autism Warrior Siena Castellon Passionate Teen Helps Young People With Learning Differences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/siena-castellon-young-people-learning/

Autism Warrior: Siena Castellon Creator of www.QLMentoring.com, a fun and engaging website designed by a teen to provide mentoring, support, resources and information specifically tailored for autistic youth and children with learning differences. Siena is autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic. She also has ADHD. When Siena was 13 years old, she searched online for information about […]

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JP’s Law Passed To Protect All People With Special Needs

Hot Off the Press! JP’s Law Passed To Protect All People With Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/protect-people-with-special-needs/

My 14-year-old son, JP, has autism. As I’m sure you can understand, while this wasn’t something I signed up for, I do believe God chose me and my husband, Perry, to be JP’s parents. Being JP’s mom has been an unexpected and wonderful experience. Through JP, I have become a member of the special needs community. […]

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How to Use An ABA Approach to Advocate For Your Special Needs Child

How to Use An ABA Approach to Advocate For Your Special Needs Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/aba-approach-for-your-special-needs/

The Planning and Placement Team (PPT) room…it’s an intimidating scene for any parent to enter, stuffy with professionals defined by their never-ending acronyms: OT, PT, BCBA, SLP. Someone hands you your procedural safeguards, a maze of words defining your rights as a parent of a child with special needs.  On the table lies a stack […]

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The Latest Autism Research Presented at the INSAR Annual Meeting

The Latest Autism Research Presented at the INSAR Annual Meeting https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/research-presented-at-insar-meeting/

As a parent, university faculty member and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) researcher, I have been to many conferences that focus on those impacted by ASD. When I think of my favorite and most informative, The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), formally International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) is always at the top of my […]

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Raising Children with Autism: Mothers Share Their Amazing Stories

Raising Children with Autism: Mothers Share Their Amazing Stories https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mother-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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Restless Nights: A Mom’s Case of IEP Insomnia

Restless Nights: A Mom's Case of IEP Insomnia https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/moms-case-of-iep-insomnia/

As I can’t sleep, I’m trying to figure out how to describe the pressure and fear of attending an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting as a parent. I understand it’s a legal document that can be amended. But for me, there is so much emotion balled up into that document. It carries every piece of my […]

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