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The Crucial Element of Parental Support: John Paul’s Story

The Crucial Element of Parental Support: John Paul’s Story https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/crucial-element-of-parental-support/

Growing up with autism is challenging. And as somebody who has Asperger’s syndrome, I know this all too well. Pre-Diagnosis Raised in a middle-class family in one of the nicest counties in the Atlanta area, everything was fairly typical for me in my day-to-day life as a child. My father is a pilot for UPS, […]

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Why Would My Child With Autism Need a Special Needs Trust?

Why Would My Child With Autism Need a Special Needs Trust? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-with-autism-needs-trust/

Question: I have heard of a Special Needs Trust. Can you share why my son with autism may need one? A Special Needs Trust is an important element in special needs planning because of what it can protect. For most individuals with an intellectual and developmental disability, government benefits are critical to providing a very […]

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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 Thyroid and Autism Connection

The Thyroid and Autism Connection https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/the-thyroid-autism-connection/

Thyroid and Autism Connection Scientists and researchers have noted that autism and thyroid disease are two epidemics on the rise. Dr. Raphael Kellman believes autism and thyroid disease are closely related. His study showed that 75 percent of children with autism have undiagnosed thyroid problems often due to unreliable blood tests. The most common type […]

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Gaining Independence: From Cradle to Career With Autism

Gaining Independence: From Cradle to Career With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gaining-independence-career-with-autism/

I adopted my beautiful son Thomas at birth. He was my bundle of joy, the light of my life. In fact, I often remember receiving compliments from complete strangers while standing in line at the grocery store about my gorgeous blonde hair blue-eyed baby. I felt so fortunate to be the mother of such a […]

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A Changing Child With Autism Needs a Changing Parent

A Changing Child With Autism Needs a Changing Parent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/changing-child-autism-needs-parent/

Diagnosis often brings with it clarity of thought. We are given an explanation and often concrete actions in the shape of therapy. A lot of therapy. We take our child to so much therapy that our clarity becomes lost in the fog of scheduling, implementing, analyzing, assessing, researching, changing, and repeating that cycle. Then one […]

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State Medicaid Waiver Programs Can Pay for a Lifetime of Needs

State Medicaid Waiver Programs Can Pay for a Lifetime of Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/state-medicaid-programs-lifetime-needs/

Question: How do state Medicaid waiver programs play a role in the planning for my son, especially with the long waiting list? State Medicaid Waiver programs can play a significant role in providing care for your son’s lifetime need for support.  While many families can be discouraged by the waiting lists that exist in most […]

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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 Help a Special Needs Child With Behavior Challenges: A Parenting Toolbox Approach

How to Help a Special Needs Child With Behavior Challenges: A Parenting Toolbox Approach https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-behavior-challenges-parenting-approach/

Over the years as a behavior analyst, I have been able to work with a varying number of parents and caregivers who have son or daughters diagnosed with developmental disabilities. During these interactions, it has become prevalent that strategies that have been recommended by helping professionals to reduce challenging behaviors are tough to remember and […]

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Autism in Teens: Puberty, Expectations, Symptoms, and Treatments

Autism in Teens: Puberty, Expectations, Symptoms, and Treatments https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-in-teens-puberty-expectations-symptoms

Signs of Autism in Teens Autism in teens can be recognized during regular interaction with others at school and at home. Verbal signs of autism in a teen might include: Not knowing how to engage in a two-way conversation; Usually talking about a single topic without allowing the other person to talk or respond Only […]

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