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Pathological Demand Avoidance for Autism (PDA)

Pathological Demand Avoidance for Autism (PDA) https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/pathological-demand-avoidance-autism

What is Pathological Demand Avoidance? Pathological Demand Avoidance is a behavior profile seen in people with autism. A person with this trait refuses to follow demands that can be considered part of daily life such as going to school, eating dinner, or going to bed. This uncooperativeness is said to be based on anxiety and […]

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Parenting A Child With Autism Is a Valuable Full-Time Job

Parenting A Child With Autism Is a Valuable Full-Time Job https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/parenting-valuable-full-time-job/

I don’t have a job yet my calendar is filled with to-dos, appointments, and tasks required of me. I have a psychology degree hanging on the wall that everyone around me seems to have forgotten collecting dust as I interact with therapists that often think of me as “just another special needs mom.” I attend […]

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Autism Social Skills: How to Enhance Social Interaction

Autism Social Skills: How to Enhance Social Interaction https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-social-skills/

What Are Social Skills? Social skills refer to a child’s ability to communicate with others in a way that is acceptable and appropriate. When a child has social skills, he/she can form friendships and can carry a simple conversation. Social Skills and Autism It’s a common misconception that children with autism do not make friends […]

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How to Help a Special Needs Child With Behavior Challenges: A Parenting Toolbox Approach

How to Help a Special Needs Child With Behavior Challenges: A Parenting Toolbox Approach https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-behavior-challenges-parenting-approach/

Over the years as a behavior analyst, I have been able to work with a varying number of parents and caregivers who have son or daughters diagnosed with developmental disabilities. During these interactions, it has become prevalent that strategies that have been recommended by helping professionals to reduce challenging behaviors are tough to remember and […]

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Autism Support Groups for Parents, Families & Children —The Ultimate Guide

Autism Support Groups for Parents, Families & Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-support-groups-for-parents-families-children

What is a support group? A support group is defined as “a group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice.” There are support groups for most common illnesses, disabilities, and addictions. Support groups are vital for families, friends, loved ones, and caregivers of those experiencing life’s […]

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Celebrating Differences: Taking the World by Storm

Celebrating Differences: Taking the World by Storm https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/celebrating-differences-taking-world-storm/

Robin Weisman will never forget the day her son Corey found out he has autism. “Do I have Asperger’s syndrome?” he asked Weisman. “What makes you think that?”she asked gently. He points to a book on the counter entitled, Out-of-Sync Child. “Is that for me? Because I am a little out of sync.” How does […]

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Autism Books for Children on the Spectrum

Autism Books for Children on the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-books-for-children-on-spectrum

Books are excellent teaching tools for kids and adults alike as they are helpful for tackling some of the challenges surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For a lot of people on the spectrum and their families, reading books about autism is a great way to educate and to help manage everyday life. Best Books to […]

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Three Amazing Ways Mindfulness Can Impact Special Needs Parenting

Three Amazing Ways Mindfulness Can Impact Special Needs Parenting https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mindfulness-can-impact-special-needs/

Before you shrug off mindfulness as a trendy buzzword found on supermarket tabloids or at a local yoga studio, hear me out.  Mindful parenting is not complicated, nor is it something that you have to make time for; it is simply about being present. It’s an evidence-based practice that works. It’s about stopping and noticing […]

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The Benefits of Visual Supports for Children with Autism

The Benefits of Visual Supports for Children with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/benefits-of-autism-visual-supports/

What are visual supports? Visual supports are non-verbal ways for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to communicate their needs and make sense of the world around them. Children with autism benefit from using visual supports for a variety of reasons. A nonverbal child can use a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to communicate his/her […]

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Outrunning Asperger’s: A Father’s Story of Love and Support

Outrunning Asperger's: A Father’s Story of Love and Support https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/story-of-love-and-support/

On July 29, 1993, my wife and I welcomed our third child. He weighed in at eight pounds, eight ounces, and sported a mound of black hair atop his head. We named him Brendan Richard. As months passed, we noticed certain developmental and speech delays. Two months after Brendan’s second birthday, he was diagnosed with […]

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