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HELP: I Need Advice on Talking About Puberty with Daughter with Autism

I am a single dad raising my autistic daughter. Can you give me any advice on educating her and helping her navigate puberty and her menstrual cycle? I’m lost!  —Tony Hey Tony, I first want to applaud you for understanding the importance of helping guide your daughter through this transition into womanhood! All girls need […]

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Simple Ways You Can Help Strengthen the ASD Sibling Relationship

Growing up with autism can be a challenge for everyone: for the child whose view of the world differs from those around them, for the parents who go the extra mile to look after and keep their child with autism happy, and even for the brothers and sisters who struggle to connect with their sibling. […]

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Expert Ways on Handling the Stressors of Thanksgiving with ASD

Ways to Handle Thanksgiving Stressors as Autism Parent

In many ways, Thanksgiving is a perfect storm of challenges for children on the autism spectrum and for their parents.  Not only is the holiday built around every possible stressor, but it also provides virtually no outlets for autistic strengths. In an ideal world, you’d have family and friends who fully understand your child’s needs […]

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Skateboarding Boy with Autism Uncovers the Ride of a Lifetime

Skateboarding Boy with Autism

A child with autism is sometimes hard to please. There is only so much a child can do in the backyard, and even planned activities, such as an afternoon at the movies, can end in disaster. Organized sports can offer a little excitement if your kid is able to follow along and process the concept […]

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Top 5 Social Skills Tips for Teens with Special Needs

Top 5 Social Skills Tips for Teens with Special Needs

Social skills are especially difficult for teens on the autism spectrum, but many of these skills can be learned, and with practice, can become habit.  Social skills are critical in order to make friends, get a job, and to live a fulfilling life.  Research from Harvard University says social skills are the top factor for […]

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5 Valuable Ways to Help Your Child with Autism Enjoy Relationships

  Parents of children on the spectrum are often challenged to help their kids find (and keep) friends, mentors, and (even) romance.  Mostly, helping kids with ASD learn how to make meaningful connections is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experiment, depending on your particular child’s skills, interests, and challenges. Caring for my daughter Samantha, who had limited language […]

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Ways to Develop a Positive Sense of Self and Relationships on the Spectrum

Ways to develop sense of self and relationships

An interview with Dr. Tony Attwood, Ph.D. AS/ASD expert In a previous article for Autism Parenting Magazine, I addressed erasing the prejudice of violence associated with individuals on the autism spectrum.  Although it is important to erase that growing prejudice, I mentioned that it would be negligent not to discuss the possibility of special interests […]

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Issue 45 – Protecting Your Child with Autism

  Buy Single Issue Subscribe today and save 50%   Features: Your Child with Special Needs Is Entitled to a Free and Appropriate Education But Where Do You Start? A leading autism and children’s rights advocate explains the need to create strong parent/school district partnerships to ensure children receive appropriate placement and the best education […]

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