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Top Ways to Use Lego Blocks for Purposeful Play With Autism

Top Ways to Use Lego Blocks for Purposeful Play With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-lego-purposeful-play-autism/

Some people believe they are not ‘good’ at playing with Lego® blocks, others prefer other toys or activities, but very few people really dislike it. Traditionally Lego has been seen as a toy, however this is not necessarily the case anymore. Lego is increasingly being used as a tool to encourage and develop creativity, improve […]

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The Therapeutic Connection With ASD – How to Know When It’s a Good Fit!

The Therapeutic Connection With ASD – How to Know When It’s a Good Fit! https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/therapeutic-connection-asd-good-fit/

As a parent of someone on the spectrum (child, teen, adult), you are likely familiar with the process of navigating a variety of services. In my office, parents of older kids frequently recall specific therapists along their journeys who were game changers. These therapists saw inner strengths and potential in their children that had otherwise […]

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Mom Shares What Life Is Like for an Autism Sibling

Mom Shares What Life Is Like for an Autism Sibling https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mom-shares-what-life-is/

My girl is 15. She is curious. She has always loved to learn. Always asked questions. She is interested in life. She is a reader. She is a gymnast and a musician. She has a red belt in karate. She’s never been afraid to try things. Or maybe she has, but it doesn’t stop her. […]

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For Better or Worse: How to Overcome the Effects of Autism on Marriage

For Better or Worse: How to Overcome the Effects of Autism on Marriage https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/effects-of-autism-on-marriage/

My marriage almost ended. The daily stress and energy expended to advocate for and raise my active and unusual child on the autism spectrum led to complete exhaustion and meltdown. There was simply nothing left for anyone else, including my spouse. Hyper-focus on my son’s well-being, coupled with differences between my partner and me in […]

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Words of Wisdom: Celebrating Lights Of Goodness

Words of Wisdom: Celebrating Lights Of Goodness https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/celebrating-lights-of-goodness/

Inspirational words to bring understanding and compassion for people with special needs. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music he hears, however near or far away.” — Henry David Thoreau Special needs Cherished Ones, either young or old, […]

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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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Accepting Help Can Be Hard When You Have Autism, But So Important

Accepting Help Can Be Hard When You Have Autism, But So Important https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/having-autism-can-be-hard/

I was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) and eventually autism/Asperger’s during my third year of life, and I didn’t begin to speak until nearly age three. While I don’t remember much of my toddlerhood, the memories of school and social life as a child are very much vivid. Except for kindergarten, I attended special […]

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Raising Children with Autism: Mothers Share Their Amazing Stories

Raising Children with Autism: Mothers Share Their Amazing Stories https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mother-share-their-amazing-stories/

Dedicated to Rebecca  My name is Dr. Sharon Link-Wyer. I studied the lived experiences of mothers of children with high functioning autism (HFA) for my dissertation. While some aspects of the autism parenting phenomenon had been highlighted before I wrote my dissertation, none of the studies fully explained the phenomenon of maternal experiences as a […]

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Seven Heartfelt Father’s Day Gifts For Special Needs Dads

Seven Heartfelt Father’s Day Gifts For Special Needs Dads https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gifts-for-special-needs-dads/

Happy Father’s Day! I’m writing this letter to let you know how much I appreciate you and the important role you play in my life. There’s no greeting card that could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. Fathering a special needs child requires inner strength, patience and extraordinary love for one’s son […]

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