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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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Developing Life Skills With Autism-One Pizza Order at a Time

Developing Life Skills With Autism-One Pizza Order at a Time https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/developing-life-skills-with-autism/

Friday night was pizza night. This tradition began when Dylan was in middle school and the increased social pressures and new academic pressures conspired to totally “unglue” him. By Friday, he was an exhausted wreck, and frankly, so was I. Middle school is difficult for most children. It was close to unbearable for Dylan.  It […]

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Rowan Found Her Voice—I Found a Better Way

Rowan Found Her Voice—I Found a Better Way https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/i-found-a-better-way/

Twenty-five years ago I gave birth to the most amazing little girl in the history of the world. She was perfect in every way, and we were crazy in love with her. But Rowan didn’t want to be touched or held. No child ever comes with a user’s guide, but in Rowan’s case, it was […]

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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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Top 8 Things You Should Never Say To a Person With Autism

Top 8 Things You Should Never Say To a Person With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/things-not-to-say-with-autism/

My name is Leanne, I’m 24 years old, and have a very mild form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. Here are some things you should not say to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): 1. You don’t care about anybody but yourself Let me explain. Even though it may seem like people on the autism […]

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So, Your Child Was Diagnosed With Autism…Now What?

So, Your Child Was Diagnosed With Autism…Now What? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-was-diagnosed-with-autism/

I understand your jumble of emotions, desire for a guided path, and most of all…for HOPE. I was in your exact place two decades ago. My youngest son, David, has autism and Tourette syndrome. He barely spoke at age three and battled processing, comprehension, and analytical challenges.  Yet, he is now happy and fulfilled 24-year-old […]

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Back to School Advice for Parents With Kids on the Spectrum

Back to School Advice for Parents With Kids on the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/back-to-school-advice-for-parents/

Change is difficult for all of us and change is an ever-constant factor in our lives.  It is an even bigger deal for a child who is on the spectrum.  One of the biggest changes occurring each year for our children is getting ready for a new school year which can include hectic planning with […]

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Top Strategies to Enhance Your Child’s Capacity for Self-Love

Top Strategies to Enhance Your Child’s Capacity for Self-Love http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/enhancing-self-love-strategies-autism

Self-love is something all human beings struggle with regardless of age or ability. But when children perceive they are flawed—either from an autism label they have been given, or a negative comment from a bystander, or an expectation they cannot realistically meet—the ability to love self can be very difficult. The book, The Reason I […]

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