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How to Build the Road to Independence With Autism

How to Build the Road to Independence With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/build-road-independence-with-autism/

From the moment a student is placed in an educational program, the school should be thinking about how it’s preparing him/her to travel the road to independence. While there is a wide range of cognitive, motor and communication abilities among students on the autism spectrum, they all are on the road to acquire as much […]

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Volunteering With Special Needs: Teaching the Served to Serve

Volunteering With Special Needs: Teaching the Served to Serve https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/volunteering-special-needs-teaching-serve/

When most people think of special needs kids and serving, they naturally assume that the recipients of the service are the special needs kids themselves. As history is proof, that is generally the case. People volunteer at Special Olympics. They are a “buddy” to a child at a school or on a sports league geared […]

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Inspired Man With Autism Wants to Reshape Education For All

Inspired Man With Autism Wants to Reshape Education For All https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/inspired-man-autism-reshape-education/

My name is Matthew Punter and I have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and pathological demand avoidance (PDA). Early this month I was invited to Cambridge University for consideration to study psychology and behavioral sciences. Unbelievably, two years prior I had the literacy age of a seven-year-old and knew nothing of the world […]

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Supermom Shanté Harris-Superville —Putting a FACE to Autism

Supermom Shanté Harris-Superville —Putting a FACE to Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/supermom-putting-face-to-autism/

When life becomes gets tough, Shanté Harris-Superville doesn’t back down — instead she meets it head on. This self-described cancer survivor, registered nurse in training, respite care provider, wheelchair dance instructor, cooking instructor for adults with ASD, wife, and the proud mother of an eight-year-old boy named Dylan with autism wouldn’t have it any other way. […]

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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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Are IQ Tests Really Useful When Evaluating A Child With Autism?

Are IQ Tests Really Useful When Evaluating A Child With Autism? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/evaluating-a-child-with-autism/

Standardized cognitive testing is a complicated subject when it comes to assessing children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their social, communication, sensory and behavior problems compound the difficulties in administering a standardized measure. The tests rely heavily on the subject’s language skills, ability to interact with others, motor planning and execution, and behavioral regulation. Typically, […]

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Are Charter Schools A Good Option For Kids With Special Needs?

Are Charter Schools A Good Option For Kids With Special Needs? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/option-for-kids-with-autism/

Most parents of children with autism are actively and constantly seeking ways to help their children better. Not necessarily to “cure” them, but to help them better function in life and live it to the fullest. We spend a lot of time researching. We spend a lot of time at doctors’ offices, therapies, and Individualized […]

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The Amazing Ways the Power of Music Changed My Life

The Amazing Ways the Power of Music Changed My Life https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/music-ways-changed-my-life/

Now I had a new title, I was no longer just a girl with autism, I was The Shires’ “number one fan” and I could do anything. From a very young age I could tell I was different. Everyone else always seemed to know what to say or the correct way to act, whereas I […]

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How Macroeconomic Changes Can Impact People with Special Needs

How Macroeconomic Changes Can Impact People with Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/macroeconomic-impacts-people-with-autism/

I am sure you have heard the saying, “the left-hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.”  This statement can be quite evident when the decisions by the US government are explored. For many individual states, the minimum wage became a hot-button issue, and quite a number of state governments decided to pass laws […]

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Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs

Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/family-emergency-preparedness-autism

All parents are natural planners. As the parent of a child with a disability and a professional who assists communities and emergency planners with inclusive emergency plans, I know how much more critical emergency planning is for individuals with disabilities.   My daughter has the Angelman syndrome, a rare condition that limits her independence. I’m […]

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