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Young Girls Create Free App to Help Special Needs Kids Define Emergencies

Young Girls Create Free App to Help Special Needs Kids Define Emergencies https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/young-girls-create-free-app/

A house fire vs. a BBQ fire Chest pain vs. a toothache The ability to determine a true emergency is second nature to most of us. However, this may not be an easy task for kids with special needs. In a life or death situation, kids need to be able to handle a potentially dangerous […]

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How Can I Help My ASD Child Better Control Tantrums

How Can I Help My ASD Child Better Control Tantrums https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/asd-child-better-control-tantrums/

As a parent, nothing can be more exhausting, or frustrating, than the specter of a full-fledged tantrum with a child. It can leave both the parent and child tired, anxious, and upset regarding the momentary lapse on an uncontrolled emotional rollercoaster. With children who have challenges with communication, these outbursts can be compounded as moods […]

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A Special Father’s Day: My Journey With Marley

A Special Father’s Day: My Journey With Marley https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-fathers-day-journey/

My oldest daughter is 17 years old, and her name is Marley. I should have known the journey with Marley was going to be an interesting ride from the start. My wife and I adopted Marley from China on her first birthday. The day I officially became a father is the most vivid day of […]

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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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3 Ways to Prepare for the IEP Meeting Challenge

3 Ways to Prepare for the IEP Meeting Challenge https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-prepare-iep-meeting-challenge/

I have my boxing gloves on. Shuffling my feet left to right, right to left as I warm-up. In my head, I envision my every move to my opponents. My boxing ring is the stale conference room with the ubiquitous fluorescent lights. I tell myself I’m ready, I’m prepared- but what do you do when […]

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Better Understanding Hyperlexia and Comprehension in Autism

Better Understanding Hyperlexia and Comprehension in Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/better-understanding-hyperlexia-comprehension-autism/

Many parents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) children are aware at some point that their child has a very accelerated splinter skill, a specific task that does not generalize to other tasks. For some parents, they may have noticed that their child is very advanced in art or music, and yet some highly advanced abilities […]

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Neurodiversity, You’re Forgetting Someone Important

Neurodiversity, You’re Forgetting Someone Important https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/neurodiversity-youre-forgetting-someone-important/

What Is Neurodiversity? Neurodiversity, short for neurological diversity, is the idea that diversity in human behavior and thought is the result of normal variability. The implication of neurodiversity is that people who are neurologically different from most of the population, such as individuals with autism, should be celebrated, not ignored or taught to be “normal.” […]

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My Brother Has Autism, And What About Me?

My Brother Has Autism, And What About Me? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-brother-what-about-me/

Family life is a challenge for many of us these days. Even with two parents in the home, it can still become a “juggling act” to meet all the needs for each child present. Yet, within the busy framework of family life, how often are the siblings without autism encouraged to sit down and express […]

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Special Needs Planning for Tomorrow: One Gooooaaaal!

Special Needs Planning for Tomorrow: One Gooooaaaal! https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-needs-planning-for-tomorrow/

The FIFA World Cup captured the world’s attention this past summer as soccer has become the most popular sport on the planet.  As I was enjoying the spectacular games, I realized that soccer has one goal: To end the game with more goals scored than the opponent.  I know this seems obvious, but many times […]

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Top Advice on How to Approach Your ASD Teen About Hygiene

Top Advice on How to Approach Your ASD Teen About Hygiene https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/approach-asd-teen-about-hygiene/

My son Ryan entered puberty way ahead of schedule, and I was caught by surprise scrambling to create strategies to help navigate his increased need for a basic daily hygiene regimen. What I needed was a buy-in from him: a plan to get Ry excited about cleanliness and a method to point him down the […]

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