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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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New Study Reveals Support Gap For People With Special Needs

New Study Reveals Support Gap For People With Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/study-support-people-special-needs/

United Cerebral Palsy and the ANCOR Foundation released their The Case for Inclusion 2019 report that analyzed how well state programs, especially Medicaid, are meeting the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The study did find some continued positive changes including the move away from institutions into community living; however, the study also […]

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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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Funding for a Lifetime of Needs With Autism is Critical

Funding for a Lifetime of Needs With Autism is Critical https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/funding-lifetime-needs-autism-critical/

Two new studies were released, one published in the Journal of JAMA Pediatrics and one by the federal government, at the end of 2018 that confirmed that one in 40 children ages three to 17 are diagnosed with autism.  This prevalence has increased from one in 150 children in 18 short years. As with many […]

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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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Prepare Now: Teenagers With Autism Are Becoming Adults

Prepare Now: Teenagers With Autism Are Becoming Adults https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teenagers-with-autism-becoming-adults/

According to statistics, an estimated 500,000 teenagers diagnosed with autism will become adults over the next 10 years.  As the rate of diagnosis continues to climb (1 in 125 in 2004, 1 in 59 US births in 2018), preparations must be made, not only by families but by our communities as well. Currently, nearly half […]

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Understanding Gender Dysphoria With an Autism Diagnosis

Understanding Gender Dysphoria With an Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gender-dysphoria-with-autism-diagnosis/

Although the field of study is relatively new, the incidence of gender dysphoria is identified at higher rates in individuals with autism Anna Laakman spectrum disorder (ASD). Gender dysphoria is a clinical term used to define the incongruence between gender identity and biological sex. Many who experience gender dysphoria identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender […]

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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 Mom and Son Time: Talking Heroes and Muppets

Special Mom and Son Time: Talking Heroes and Muppets https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/spending-special-mom-and-son-time/

My son, Ryan, and I reside in a medium sized outdoors-driven town just a hop and a skip south of the Canadian border. Sandwiched between Vancouver, BC to the north and Seattle, Washington to the south, our community, trying to stave off too much growth, strives to be tight-knit, which has allowed Ry and I […]

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Ways You Can Help First Responders Better Understand Autism

Ways You Can Help First Responders Better Understand Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/first-responders-better-understand-autism/

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re a parent. You know your child best: everything from his/her favorite foods, colors, toys, games, songs, movies, and outfits. Parents have a special way of knowing how to put a smile on their child’s face with ice cream treats, playground excursions, bike rides through the neighborhood and trips […]

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