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Life With Asperger’s: Learning As I Go

Life With Asperger's: Learning As I Go https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/life-with-aspergers-learning-go/

I’m scrunched up under a desk. My 3rdgrade teacher, Mrs. Alexander, implores me to come out and participate. I reply with grunts. All I want is my Game Boy Advance. That was me throughout elementary school—an unfiltered troublemaker who lacked the skills to assimilate into his surroundings. All thanks to something called Asperger’s. It’s the […]

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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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The Struggles of a Teenage Girl With a Late Autism Diagnosis

The Struggles of a Teenage Girl With a Late Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/struggles-teenage-girl-autism-diagnosis/

We entered through the glass doors and were swept along with the crowd up escalators, down long hallways lined with multicolored fluorescent light tubes hung as art. People walked in pairs, groups of three, parents with their teens, groups of teens. We walked down a tunnel lined with pink and yellow glass through which we […]

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How to Teach ABA Without Making Your Child a Robot

How to Teach ABA Without Making Your Child a Robot https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teach-without-making-child-robot/

His life was a routine. His life was a schedule. His life stepped. His day-to-day life was chronological. We evolve into the militant enforcers of a strict routine, a strict schedule, the strict followers of chronological order, and we do not delve from that line. Yet, in the physics of constant movement, in the physics […]

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Top Advice On Operant Conditioning In Individuals With Autism

Top Advice On Operant Conditioning In Individuals With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/advice-operant-conditioning-individuals-autism/

People like to be rewarded for a job well done. Rewards can be as simple as a parent praising a child for picking up toys or as significant as getting a promotion after years of dedication and hard work. This reinforcement, known as a part of operant conditioning, helps an individual make an association between […]

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How to Protect a Child With Autism From Sexual Abuse

How to Protect a Child With Autism From Sexual Abuse https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/protect-child-autism-sexual-abuse/

Each day children wake up and get ready to attend school. During that process, every parent expects that their child will arrive back home in the same condition as when he/she left. Current estimates suggest that 1:3 girls and 1:10 boys will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 years old (Tang, Freyd, […]

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Terrific Ways to Join Community Fun With Autism

Terrific Ways to Join Community Fun With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/terrific-ways-join-community-autism/

For many of us, when we realize our child does not interact typically or when we receive the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, we retreat from the world, narrowing our social interactions to only the most necessary while we learn to cope. My son seemed to delight in this retreat; we created a ‘nation of […]

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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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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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