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The Pros and Cons of Screen Time for Kids with ASD

The Pros and Cons of Screen Time for Kids with ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/screen-time-kids-with-asd/

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often face difficulty in understanding and navigating the world around them. A slight trigger can cause children who have ASD to become hyperactive. Furthermore, autistic children are prone to repeating specific patterns of behavior, which makes it difficult to interact with others. This is why digital devices provide an […]

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Autism and Depression: Connections Between Autism, Mental Health, Emotions, and Other Co-Relating Conditions

Autism and Depression: Connections Between Autism, Mental Health, Emotions, and Other Co-Relating Conditions https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-depression/

What is depression? Psychiatry.org defines depression as a medical illness that causes “feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.” People with autism, particularly teens and adults, are prone to depression. At this stage of their lives, autistic teens and adults have more social experiences. As a result, they can go […]

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Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent

Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/finding-balance-as-special-needs/

The phone rings, I pick up, and a dear friend asks if I am coming to the potluck tonight. I say thank you, and I wish I could, but I am terribly swamped tonight and perhaps another time. What I don’t say is, my son is having a bad day, he is on his tenth […]

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Is Parenting Stressful? There’s Help!

Is Parenting Stressful? There's Help! https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/is-parenting-stressful-theres-help/

Stressed out? Feeling overwhelmed by ongoing therapies, the latest Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, or just trying to get your kid to eat something (anything) besides chicken nuggets? Studies show that parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience more stress than those of typically developing children or even those with other developmental disabilities. […]

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What You Need to Know About the Benefits of Taking Gap Year With Autism

What You Need to Know About the Benefits of Taking Gap Year With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/taking-gap-year-with-autism/

As a parent, it’s natural to approach life’s tasks in familiar sequences. We hold our toddlers’ hands during those wobbly first steps, stand close by during ventures onto the playground, sit in the bleachers watching our children run on the soccer field, then wave goodbye when they run the local 10K. We walk our children […]

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How Do I Know If My Child With Autism is Depressed?

How Do I Know If My Child With Autism is Depressed? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-with-autism-is-depressed/

According to research, approximately 20 percent of the population will experience depression at some point in their lives—this statistic increases to almost 60 percent in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mood disorders (including depression) do tend to be more common in those with developmental disabilities compared to the more general population. However, depression in […]

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Autism Parenting Magazine Author Provides FREE Holiday Tip Guide for Parents

Autism Parenting Magazine Author Provides FREE Holiday Tip Guide for Parents https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/holiday-tip-guide-for-parents/

During the busy and event-filled holiday season, parents of special needs children are often depressed and isolated. Many mothers and fathers feel as though a spotlight is being shined on their lives, and that their families fail to measure up to the so-called “normal” families portrayed in ads, TV programs, and movies. This can create […]

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Rowan Found Her Voice—I Found a Better Way

Rowan Found Her Voice—I Found a Better Way https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/i-found-a-better-way/

Twenty-five years ago I gave birth to the most amazing little girl in the history of the world. She was perfect in every way, and we were crazy in love with her. But Rowan didn’t want to be touched or held. No child ever comes with a user’s guide, but in Rowan’s case, it was […]

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Autism Medication Guide: Treating Autism and Its Core Symptoms

Autism Medication Guide: Treating Autism and Its Core Symptoms https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-medication-treating-core-symptoms

While the first clinical account of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was published more than 75 years ago by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner, the precise cause of autism is still not clear to scientists. Billions of dollars have been spent on autism research over the years in an attempt to unravel the mystery that now affects […]

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