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Ways Emotionally Supporting Special Needs Parents Leads to Success

Ways Emotionally Supporting Special Needs Parents Leads to Success https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/supporting-special-needs-to-success/

There is an endless array of articles, advice and information on the internet about autism and its impact on families. Much of the available information includes costs of raising a child with autism. Many articles are geared towards parent experiences with applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, speech, and occupational therapy (OT), while other online information […]

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What My Brother With Autism Taught Me About Special Needs

What My Brother With Autism Taught Me About Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/brother-with-autism-teaches-me/

When I was 10, my two-year-old brother was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He was nonverbal for much of his early life, unable to read or communicate effectively. He struggled to exhibit and mimic behavior that was expected of him from society, and would often find himself striking his head because of overstimulation from the […]

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Best Ways to Explore the World With Your Special Needs Child

Best Ways to Explore the World With Your Special Needs Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/exploring-world-with-special-child/

Travel is a core component of life; we all have a natural tendency to explore the world throughout our lifespan. Expanding our horizons not only offers a relaxing getaway but broadens the mind through new situations and experiences. Not only are the young and free travelling, but families are also now making the decision to […]

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Autism and Toddlers: The Amazing Rewards Of Early Intervention

Autism and Toddlers: The Amazing Rewards Of Early Intervention https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/amazing-rewards-of-early-intervention/

Several months after turning one, our son Daniel started to show some unusual behavior. He started to forget words he had learned, and he would let chewed food fall out of his mouth while eating. Although concerning, we didn’t give it too much thought until he started becoming more passive, spending increasing time staring into […]

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Seven Ways To Strengthen A Special Needs Friendship

Seven Ways To Strengthen A Special Needs Friendship https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-to-strengthen-special-friendship/

“Maria and Toni are going to be so surprised when they come over. I can’t wait to see the expression on their faces when I tell them the truth.” They think we’re having a barbeque in my backyard but it’s not true. In reality, I’m treating them to a special lunch at our favorite Italian […]

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Simple Ways Parents and Professionals Can Help Children With ASD

Simple Ways Parents and Professionals Can Help Children With ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-to-help-children-with-asd/

As a professional working extensively in the area of special education needs I saw a pattern as I interacted with different professionals and parents. The interesting part is that this pattern is unintentional as we don’t know whether what we are doing is right or wrong which leads to a lot of anxiety and confusion […]

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Adult Life – What Is Available For My Child With Special Needs?

Adult Life – What Is Available For My Child With Special Needs? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/accessible-for-my-spectrum-child/

Parents, families, and adults have the same burning question, “What happens when school is over?”  In the past, the answer was for the child to continue to live at home with parents or in a group home setting, possibly work part-time at a fast food restaurant, grocery store, pet store or maybe just be able […]

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Changes to the ABLE Account Rules You Need to Know

Changes to the ABLE Account Rules You Need to Know http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/able-account-rules-to-know/

Could you describe the changes in the ABLE account rules that were brought about by the new federal tax legislation? As most of you know, the ABLE Act was passed back at the end of 2014 and paved the way for individuals diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26 to save money without […]

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Ethical Considerations Need to Be Made for Service Dogs

Ethical Considerations Need to Be Made for Service Dogs http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/considerations-made-for-service-dogs/

Some children with autism and their families are known to benefit from the presence of an assistance dog. Little research has been done on ethical issues that can arise around the dogs’ welfare or methods to limit the stress on both the dog and the family. The goal of this piece is to identify and […]

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Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out Of an AAC Device

Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out Of an AAC Device http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/expert-tips-using-aac-device/

In my recent article published in Autism Parenting Magazine, Issue 67, I focused on the augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication evaluation process and on answering commonly asked questions. Many people have a misconception that once you receive an AAC communication device, this is the end of your journey. This is just the beginning! Receiving an […]

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