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Differences

Differences https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/deviant/

The story starts with a young boy. He thought he was the same as me and you, except he was a little different than everybody else. He had autism, and didn’t know until his parents told him before he moved to middle school. He still had no concept of how it made him different, until […]

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Life in My Son’s World of Autism

Life in My Son’s World of Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/life-in-sons-world-autism/

I live in two different worlds. One, let’s call this my “home planet,” is the neurotypical, familiar, and comfortable world in which I was raised and conditioned. The other is “planet Ari,” which is the world of autism. I entered this world as an alien to autism, and have slowly been adapting to the strange […]

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Special Needs: Grandparents Can Be in Your Corner

Special Needs: Grandparents Can Be in Your Corner https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-needs-grandparents-in-corner/

There is a well-known parable floating around the special needs community which describes how it feels when you are first told you are to be the parent of a child with special needs. The story describes how a family is preparing to go to Italy. They have researched all the best activities and adventures to […]

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Is an ABA Center the Right Option for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum?

Is an ABA Center the Right Option for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/right-option-for-your-child/

It’s no secret that autism diagnoses of children are growing. In a new study just published in the journal Pediatrics, one in 40 children has autism spectrum disorder, and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, diagnoses of boys outnumber girls nearly four to one (1/37 boys versus 1/151 girls). While there is […]

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The Crucial Element of Parental Support: John Paul’s Story

The Crucial Element of Parental Support: John Paul’s Story https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/crucial-element-of-parental-support/

Growing up with autism is challenging. And as somebody who has Asperger’s syndrome, I know this all too well. Pre-Diagnosis Raised in a middle-class family in one of the nicest counties in the Atlanta area, everything was fairly typical for me in my day-to-day life as a child. My father is a pilot for UPS, […]

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Autism Through My Eyes: A Successful Journey With Devereux

Autism Through My Eyes: A Successful Journey With Devereux https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-through-my-eyes/

In my first semester of college in the fall of 2007, I felt stuck. I was earning great grades, but it was a major struggle. I was confused and stressed out through the entire process, constantly feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated. I didn’t always understand what people were asking of me. By the end of that […]

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Excellent Ways to Transition to the Workplace With Autism

Excellent Ways to Transition to the Workplace With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/excellent-ways-transition-workplace-autism/

One hallmark of adulthood is landing a job. The world of work can be full of exciting possibilities: perhaps your child will be a scientist, an inspiring artist, or the CEO of a breakout company. The progression of work is generally predictable and less interesting than our fanciful daydreams though, proceeding from unskilled labor toward […]

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The Struggles of a Teenage Girl With a Late Autism Diagnosis

The Struggles of a Teenage Girl With a Late Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/struggles-teenage-girl-autism-diagnosis/

We entered through the glass doors and were swept along with the crowd up escalators, down long hallways lined with multicolored fluorescent light tubes hung as art. People walked in pairs, groups of three, parents with their teens, groups of teens. We walked down a tunnel lined with pink and yellow glass through which we […]

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How to Teach ABA Without Making Your Child a Robot

How to Teach ABA Without Making Your Child a Robot https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teach-without-making-child-robot/

His life was a routine. His life was a schedule. His life stepped. His day-to-day life was chronological. We evolve into the militant enforcers of a strict routine, a strict schedule, the strict followers of chronological order, and we do not delve from that line. Yet, in the physics of constant movement, in the physics […]

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Terrific Ways to Join Community Fun With Autism

Terrific Ways to Join Community Fun With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/terrific-ways-join-community-autism/

For many of us, when we realize our child does not interact typically or when we receive the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, we retreat from the world, narrowing our social interactions to only the most necessary while we learn to cope. My son seemed to delight in this retreat; we created a ‘nation of […]

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