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An Exclusive Talk With Temple Grandin on the Benefits of ASD Conferences

An Exclusive Talk With Temple Grandin on the Benefits of ASD Conferences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/exclusive-talk-with-temple-grandin/

Over the past few decades, Dr. Temple Grandin has become a respected speaker, author, and prominent advocate for autistic populations. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two and nonverbal until she was four years old, Grandin’s childhood was enriched by one-on-one speech therapy and the extra assistance of a caregiver. With a degree in […]

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Gender Identity: The Least of My Concerns

Gender Identity: The Least of My Concerns https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/the-least-of-my-concerns/

Last week I overheard my 5th grader, Olivia talking with her friend about not being a “girly-girl.” She asked if her friend noticed. Her friend said “yes.” Then Olivia asked her if she cared. So I asked myself, did I notice that Olivia wasn’t a “girly-girl?” Did I care? If your child is expressing a […]

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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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Terrific Ways Theater Can Help Kids With Autism Communicate

Terrific Ways Theater Can Help Kids With Autism Communicate https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/help-kids-with-autism-communicate/

“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.” — Stella Adler The truth is theater is just a mirror. We hold mirrors up to ourselves every day. We […]

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Simple Ways to Cut the Holiday Stress For Kids With Autism

Simple Ways to Cut the Holiday Stress For Kids With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-to-cut-holiday-stress/

Many of us look forward to the holidays for all kinds of reasons. After all, it is often referred to as the “most wonderful time of the year!” We look forward to seeing friends and family, some of whom we have not seen in quite some time, and to the yummy selection of foods that […]

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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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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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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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Expert Water Safety Advice When Your Child Has Autism

Expert Water Safety Advice When Your Child Has Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/safety-advice-for-autistic-child/

For many families, gearing up for the summer is an exciting endeavor!   As the warmer weather begins, there are families opening pools, and there may be trips to a lake or the ocean.  While being active and outdoors is definitely something to be encouraged, it can also come with some increased risks for children with […]

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Proudly Productive Fulfills Life Dreams for Teens with Special Needs

Proudly Productive Fulfills Life Dreams for Teens with Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/fulfilling-life-dreams-with-autism/

While working with teenagers with special needs as an education assistant in a Perth, Australia high school, I would often listen to the kids and their parents talk about the hopes and dreams they had when they finished year 12. Many of these students, some of them with autism, suffered from anxiety and would voice […]

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