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Mom Advocates for Inclusive and Accessible Restrooms

Mom Advocates for Inclusive and Accessible Restrooms https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mom-advocates-inclusive-accessible-restrooms/

I am a dedicated wife and mother of three children and a passionate activist for individuals and families impacted by disabilities. My eight-year-old son, Ethan, has autism and sensory processing disorder along with a chronic medical condition. He loves to play outside with his twin brother and older sister and he has the biggest dinosaur […]

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Autism Warrior Siena Castellon Passionate Teen Helps Young People With Learning Differences

Autism Warrior Siena Castellon Passionate Teen Helps Young People With Learning Differences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/siena-castellon-young-people-learning/

Autism Warrior: Siena Castellon Creator of www.QLMentoring.com, a fun and engaging website designed by a teen to provide mentoring, support, resources and information specifically tailored for autistic youth and children with learning differences. Siena is autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic. She also has ADHD. When Siena was 13 years old, she searched online for information about […]

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How to Use Sensory Play to Improve Learning and Expand the Imagination

How to Use Sensory Play to Improve Learning and Expand the Imagination https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/improve-learning-and-expand-imagination/

Imagination is so much important. If you were to imagine dragons, dinosaurs, and without imagination, learning would be colorless and finite. For many parents, the main goal is to lead a child towards independent living and academics skills; after all, learning is the first step into the world. Being a special needs parent is demanding, […]

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How to Best Prepare Your Child With Autism to Drive

How to Best Prepare Your Child With Autism to Drive https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-child-prepares-to-drive/

For individuals with autism, driving may seem like a goal that will never be achieved, even though driving is both a marker to independence and adulthood. Yet, up until recently, Dr. Gary Gaffney, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine, reported that most people never thought individuals with autism […]

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How to Use An ABA Approach to Advocate For Your Special Needs Child

How to Use An ABA Approach to Advocate For Your Special Needs Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/aba-approach-for-your-special-needs/

The Planning and Placement Team (PPT) room…it’s an intimidating scene for any parent to enter, stuffy with professionals defined by their never-ending acronyms: OT, PT, BCBA, SLP. Someone hands you your procedural safeguards, a maze of words defining your rights as a parent of a child with special needs.  On the table lies a stack […]

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A Successful Strategy With Autism: Focus on One Goal at a Time

A Successful Strategy With Autism: Focus on One Goal at a Time https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/successful-strategy-with-autism/

With autism, the number of challenges to overcome can be overwhelming. I know this first hand. Over and over again, I faced so many deficits in my development that succeeding at anything seemed hopeless. Experts believed I was not capable of attending school and would need to be in a group home as an adult. […]

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Dr. Focused Smith Atypical View from an Autism Mom: AutismTV is NOT a Hashtag!

Dr. Focused Smith Atypical View from an Autism Mom: AutismTV is NOT a Hashtag! http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/typical-view-from-autism-mom/

Atypical, The Good Doctor, The Accountant These are just a few TV shows that feature the stars the autism spectrum. Sesame Street now has Julia, a character with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I find it thought-provoking how so many people are excited to tell parents of children on the spectrum that these shows exist. More […]

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Family and Community Inspires Special Needs Woman to Reach for the Stars

Family and Community Inspires Special Needs Woman to Reach for the Stars http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/family-community-inspires-special-needs-woman

Nothing will keep Kyleigh LaRavann Dirton from achieving her dreams. Born with meningitis, Kyleigh was diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and seizure disorders as a young girl. Her parents were told by doctors that her chance of walking, talking, or having any type of normal life was slim.  But they didn’t know Kyleigh. […]

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Free Expert Incentive Charts Can Boost Behavioral Change

Free Expert Incentive Charts Can Boost Behavioral Change http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/boost-behavioral-change/

Most of us are familiar with reward or incentive charts. Maybe we first came across them as a child, hoping to receive a star for our chart on the kitchen fridge. Or perhaps we learned about them when studying to be a teacher. Whether you call them sticker charts, star charts, or behavior modification or […]

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Excellent New Ways to Help Your ASD Child Talk at School

We were chatting before our IEP (individualized education plan) team meeting.  Michael, Jacob’s Dad, was narrating the special moments he shared with his son. “Every morning Jacob and I wake up at 5 am. It’s Daddy-son time.  Jacob and I laugh as we play cars and Bat Man. Even when I don’t understand Jacob, it […]

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