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A Voice With No Words: Ways to Get Started With PECS

A Voice With No Words: Ways to Get Started With PECS https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-get-started-with-pecs/

Hello, I’m mum to Franklin aged four who was diagnosed with autism at two years old. Franklin is non-verbal, highly sensory, and has learning difficulties.  Franklin being non-verbal has been a huge and heartbreaking concern ever since we realized the words just weren’t coming. While my daughter does not stop speaking from the minute her […]

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Effective Ways You Can Assess and Teach Social Skills

Effective Ways You Can Assess and Teach Social Skills https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/effective-ways-assess-social-skills/

Most parents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) children want them to have effective social coaching in school to supplement what’s done at home. School Individualized Education Programs (IEP) usually include groups using social learning curriculum. How do we assess whether the child is learning effective skills? Are there any possible negative effects of social skills instruction, or […]

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Why It’s Important to Create a Sensory-Friendly Classroom

Why It's Important to Create a Sensory-Friendly Classroom https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/important-create-sensory-friendly-classroom/

Teachers often take a great deal of pride in the way they decorate their classrooms. They spend their free time developing decoration ideas and collecting items to make their rooms look and feel welcoming to children. But, what happens to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when they enter brightly colored classrooms with numerous posters […]

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Top Tips on How to Transition a Child With ASD Back to School

Top Tips on How to Transition a Child With ASD Back to School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-with-asd-back-to-school/

The time has come! Summer is winding down, and it is that of year when your kids need to start preparing themselves to go back to school.  As a parent, you have mixed emotions about starting the new school year. On the one hand, you are excited to have some “me” time again.  However, on […]

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Why the Disconnect? Are Parents Living a Balanced Life?

Why the Disconnect? Are Parents Living a Balanced Life? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/parents-living-productive-life/

As a sociolinguist, (someone who studies human behavior and communication), and, more importantly, a mother of a child with autism, I fear that we as a culture are on the wrong path. While our culture is raising perhaps the most productive, specialized, and most efficient human beings on the planet than ever before, our drive […]

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From Chaos to Peace – Using Mindfulness in Special Education

From Chaos to Peace - Using Mindfulness in Special Education https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/using-mindfulness-in-special-education/

Close your eyes and imagine walking into a classroom and seeing what can only be explained as pure chaos. You can see students arguing with paraprofessionals, a student laying on the floor and kicking his feet while he yells,  a student sitting in the corner with his hood on (no doubt trying to cancel out […]

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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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How to Improve Important Skills Through Special Accommodations at School

How to Improve Important Skills Through Special Accommodations at School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/important-skills-through-special-accommodations/

Although students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) vary greatly across multiple domains such as age, intellectual ability, social and communication development, degree of behavioral challenges and family support, there are some accommodations and procedures that are helpful to very many students with ASD as they attempt to maintain behavioral self-control and make progress in their […]

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One Summer Day in a Class for Elementary Students with Autism

One Summer Day in a Class for Elementary Students with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/summer-class-for-elementary-students/

“Good work, Josiah, you are all done!  Lets check your schedule.”  Josiah smiles brightly and hurries to his schedule knowing swimming is next.   As he and Miss Leaky walk through the quietly bustling classroom, a small voice calls out “Miss Leaky, swimming?”  “Yes Augustus, first work then swimming, hurry up and finish your work.” Augustus […]

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Valuable Ways You Can Talk About Autism to Your Child’s Classmates

Valuable Ways You Can Talk About Autism to Your Child's Classmates https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-to-talk-about-autism/

My son entered first grade at a brand new school.  As parents, we decided that we wanted the other kids in his class to know about his diagnosis of autism.  There were several reasons that we decided to do this.  We were hoping that this would create an environment where he would be accepted for […]

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