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Help: My Child With Autism Is Afraid to Go to the Dentist

Help: My Child With Autism Is Afraid to Go to the Dentist https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-child-afraid-dental-checkup/

Many children struggle with the idea of going to the dentist, but for children with autism, a trip to the dentist office can create anxiety and even panic. Here are some simple suggestions that may ease stress levels and make your dental visit a success. 1. Visual Schedules A visual schedule is a great 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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Four Things Constantly in the Back of My Mind…and I Wish You’d Ask About Them

Four Things Constantly in the Back of My Mind...and I Wish You’d Ask About Them https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/four-things-constantly-in-mind/

1. Give Credit Where Credit is Due I have a seven-year-old boy who can recite the alphabet backward faster than some can forwards. He can name the planets and dwarf planets in order of their distance from the sun. He will tell you how many sides are on a pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, […]

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How to Help Your Child Gain Social Success Via Executive Functioning Skills

How to Help Your Child Gain Social Success Via Executive Functioning Skills https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/success-via-executive-functioning-skills/

Tired of working on social skills and feeling like it’s not clicking? Stuck in a rut? Maybe it’s time to consider what else might be impacting you or your child’s ability to take his/her hard-earned skills and use them (successfully!) in everyday life. I frequently hear frustration with regard to the rate of progress or […]

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Special Needs Planning for Tomorrow: One Gooooaaaal!

Special Needs Planning for Tomorrow: One Gooooaaaal! https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-needs-planning-for-tomorrow/

The FIFA World Cup captured the world’s attention this past summer as soccer has become the most popular sport on the planet.  As I was enjoying the spectacular games, I realized that soccer has one goal: To end the game with more goals scored than the opponent.  I know this seems obvious, but many times […]

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The Road to Independence with Special Needs Begins with a Single Step

The Road to Independence with Special Needs Begins with a Single Step https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/road-to-independence-with-special-needs/

My 18-year old stood before me, body rigid, shaking, frustrated…”I want to live on my own!” he declared. I had been asking him for the better part of the day to put away his clean laundry and empty the dishwasher, and he hit a tipping point, tired of my constant, repeated requests. It was an […]

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