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Planning the Best Playdate for Your Child With Autism

Planning the Best Playdate for Your Child With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/planning-best-playdate-with-autism/

The word “playdate” is a dreaded word for many autism families.  I know numerous families that will avoid playdates for several reasons. Many parents think their child cannot participate in them because they lack the play, social, and verbal skills to be successful. Some parents will not schedule playdates because they are not themselves social. […]

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Courageous Autism Book Publisher Dedicated to Social Change

Courageous Autism Book Publisher Dedicated to Social Change https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/courageous-autism-book-publisher/

Autism Warrior: Jessica Kingsley Formerly Managing Director and owner of Jessica Kingsley Publishers Jessica Kingsley Publishers is a publishing house committed to social change. The autism list is foremost amongst its extensive publishing program across the social and behavioral sciences and is pre-eminent in this field. Specializing particularly in books on Asperger’s syndrome (autism level one), the focus has […]

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Employment Matters…Especially for Those on the Spectrum

Employment Matters…Especially for Those on the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/employment-matters-especially-for-spectrum/

The job of “raising” a son or daughter significantly impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) does not come to an end when your child reaches the age of majority. It just shifts to a new realm. Indeed, adulthood brings significant new worries and new challenges. Vital concerns for parents of emerging adult children with ASD […]

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Parenting A Child With Autism Is a Valuable Full-Time Job

Parenting A Child With Autism Is a Valuable Full-Time Job https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/parenting-valuable-full-time-job/

I don’t have a job yet my calendar is filled with to-dos, appointments, and tasks required of me. I have a psychology degree hanging on the wall that everyone around me seems to have forgotten collecting dust as I interact with therapists that often think of me as “just another special needs mom.” I attend […]

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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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The Struggles of a Teenage Girl With a Late Autism Diagnosis

The Struggles of a Teenage Girl With a Late Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/struggles-teenage-girl-autism-diagnosis/

We entered through the glass doors and were swept along with the crowd up escalators, down long hallways lined with multicolored fluorescent light tubes hung as art. People walked in pairs, groups of three, parents with their teens, groups of teens. We walked down a tunnel lined with pink and yellow glass through which we […]

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Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman Courageous Boy Shares What Life is Like With Asperger’s

Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman Courageous Boy Shares What Life is Like With Asperger's https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/courageous-boy-shares-life-aspergers/

Autism Warrior: Tyler Inman Eleven-year-old author of the honest narrative called Invisible Me which explores the challenges of being different as well as how to live life to the fullest. Accomplishments: Tyler said he feels his biggest achievement to date is he now has the courage to stand up and say “this is me.” He […]

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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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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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