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The Amazing Ways My Kids With ASD Have Shaped Me As a Mom

The Amazing Ways My Kids With ASD Have Shaped Me As a Mom https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/amazing-ways-kids-asd-mom/

I am the mother of four amazing children ages 21, 12, 10, and 10; three boys with one girl right in the middle. Each one has their individual strengths and weaknesses. With each of my children, I have gone through a learning phase as a parent. With my oldest, I was a new mom. So […]

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How to Plan a Fantastic Summer Break for an ASD Child

How to Plan a Fantastic Summer Break for an ASD Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/plan-fantastic-summer-break-asd/

Summer is full of memorable moments such as family vacations to the beach, day trips to the zoo, or going to a certified autism center theme park, such as Sesame Place. But as a mother of a child with autism, I’ve learned the season also involves careful and strategic planning, like any activity that is […]

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How to Build Social Skills for Life Using Minecraft

How to Build Social Skills for Life Using Minecraft https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/build-social-skills-using-minecraft/

Video games, social media, and technology are becoming an increasingly large part of our children’s lives. Digital play is now the most common type of play engaged in by younger children. Recent studies suggest that kids under the age of eight spend about 2.5 hours per day with screen media. For kids five and under, […]

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How to Protect Your ASD Child From Drowning

How to Protect Your ASD Child From Drowning https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/protect-your-child-from-drowning/

As parents, we always want what is best for our children. This means we have to create a balance between pleasure and safety when planning activities for our children. This is even more important when a child is very young and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other special needs, as safety planning entails extra […]

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A Special Life Bond – The Wind Beneath My Wings

A Special Life Bond - The Wind Beneath My Wings https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/a-bond-beneath-my-wings/

The unique bond between a parent and a special needs child is astounding. My son, Douglas, and I share a very close and wonderfully special relationship. I am a single mom, and he has both autism and childhood schizophrenia. A lot of people would think that this sounds very difficult to live with, and they […]

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Author Spreads Autism Understanding All Around the World

Author Spreads Autism Understanding All Around the World https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/understanding-autism-around-the-world/

My Writing Journeys I’m often asked, “Why autism?,” followed by “What’s Wayang?” when I tell people about my children’s book, Open—A Boy’s Wayang Adventure. The answers don’t come in one-liners. My path as a writer has been a long and complicated one. I started a food blog some years back to cope with the loneliness of […]

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New Treatment May Help ASD Kids Struggling With Weight Gain

New Treatment May Help ASD Kids Struggling With Weight Gain https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/treatments-may-help-weight-gain/

As many parents already know, medications for managing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can cause challenging side effects. For the common symptoms of irritability and agitation, only two drugs are FDA approved—risperidone and aripiprazole—and unfortunately both can cause intense food cravings that lead to weight gain. The drugs are effective at reducing tantrums and aggression, so […]

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Special Needs Parents: You Are Not Alone

Special Needs Parents: You Are Not Alone https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/you-are-not-alone-parents/

At times I feel very alone! Yes, I will admit it may seem very difficult to feel alone while being in the company of little children day in and day out, though there is a vast difference between being lonely and being alone. I may, in fact, have company everywhere— in my bed the few […]

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Easy Ways to Add Simple Communication Strategies to a Kid’s Life

Easy Ways to Add Simple Communication Strategies to a Kid's Life https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/communication-strategies-autism/

For years, I’ve been searching for a way to reconcile my passion for speech therapy and my addiction to earning new, vibrant stamps in my passport. I was reading a news article when I came across a non-governmental organization in Cambodia helping to make speech therapy available to those with communication difficulties. In Cambodia, speech […]

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