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Building Magical Connections Under the Sun

Building Magical Connections Under the Sun https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/building-magical-connections-under-sun/

There she was, about 50 yards away from our camp, near her big blue umbrella in the warm sun. She was seated in her low-to-the-ground beach chair with her solitary green bucket nearby. She loved to watch the ocean birds, the seagulls, the packs of quick-footed sand peckers racing back and forth while poking at […]

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Inspired Man With Autism Wants to Reshape Education For All

Inspired Man With Autism Wants to Reshape Education For All https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/inspired-man-autism-reshape-education/

My name is Matthew Punter and I have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and pathological demand avoidance (PDA). Early this month I was invited to Cambridge University for consideration to study psychology and behavioral sciences. Unbelievably, two years prior I had the literacy age of a seven-year-old and knew nothing of the world […]

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It’s Time to Let My Amazing Teen with Autism Be Her Own Person

It's Time to Let My Amazing Teen with Autism Be Her Own Person https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/amazing-teen-autism-own-person/

I knew it was coming and I’m ashamed to say I honestly didn’t want her to go. Not because I thought she would have a less than stellar time, but because I knew she would be flying solo, dancing alone, placidly moving amongst her peers in a school gym minus the entanglements of awkward middle-school […]

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Heaven Must Be a Little Like My Dance Class

Heaven Must Be a Little Like My Dance Class https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/heaven-must-like-dance-class/

I enter the room late. My brother drives me to ballroom dance class on time, but I get stuck in the car and can’t move. I have this pair of swim goggles that I had just modified, having cut out all the rubbery parts except for most of the strap. I am enjoying the crisp […]

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The Autism Journey – Finding the Best Family Balance

The Autism Journey - Finding the Best Family Balance https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-journey-finding-family-balance/

Each of us has our own autism journey, and we all go through different tests or struggles that are unique to us. But certain things are common; we do learn things from each other’s experiences. We all have an autism journey destination. Sometimes the autism journey process can be more complicated than we anticipated. It […]

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Ways You Can Help a Child with Autism Find His or Her Voice

Ways You Can Help a Child with Autism Find His or Her Voice https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-you-can-find-voice/

When we think of “finding one’s voice” we often think of a writer seeking the most natural and fluent way to express him or herself. When it comes to autism, “finding one’s voice” is more literal: we are often literally teaching a child to speak who has never spoken before or teaching a child to […]

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Could My Child With Autism Be Arrested? What Parents Need to Know

Could My Child With Autism Be Arrested? What Parents Need to Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/my-child-with-autism-arrested/

What better time to initiate a conversation about encounters with the criminal justice system than during autism awareness month? As parents, we are all-too-familiar with the child who is bullied or victimized. But parents are surprised to learn that their child is at an increased risk of being detained in the back of a police […]

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Best Ways to Travel With Autism and Incontinence

Best Ways to Travel With Autism and Incontinence https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-ways-to-travel-autism/

Incontinence in autism comes with its own unique set of daily challenges. Comforting and supporting your child, preparing for accidents, and avoiding sensory triggers may leave you exhausted at the end of the day. On top of that, you may soon have travel coming up. However, traveling with incontinence is not impossible, but is actually […]

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How to Help a Special Needs Child With Behavior Challenges: A Parenting Toolbox Approach

How to Help a Special Needs Child With Behavior Challenges: A Parenting Toolbox Approach https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-behavior-challenges-parenting-approach/

Over the years as a behavior analyst, I have been able to work with a varying number of parents and caregivers who have son or daughters diagnosed with developmental disabilities. During these interactions, it has become prevalent that strategies that have been recommended by helping professionals to reduce challenging behaviors are tough to remember and […]

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Which Is Best for My Child – ABA Therapy in the Home or Clinical Setting?

Which Is Best for My Child - ABA Therapy in the Home or Clinical Setting? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-child-therapy-home-clinical/

When not fully understood, applied behavior analysis (ABA) may seem like an overwhelming treatment option for children diagnosed with autism. Many people are unsure what ABA is, what it can do and why it is used. Simply put, ABA is a science that uses reinforcement strategies to increase or decrease socially significant behavior. Based on […]

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