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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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Preparing for the Social Transition to Adulthood With Special Needs

Preparing for the Social Transition to Adulthood With Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/preparing-social-transition-with-special-needs/

Perhaps the single greatest, and most frightening moment of a parent’s life is the birth of a child. As you stare in the innocent and precious eyes of your newborn, the gravity of the task of being a parent falls squarely upon your shoulders. No book is given to you that has all the answers […]

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How to Combat Negative Thoughts and Find Happiness With ASD

How to Combat Negative Thoughts and Find Happiness With ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/combat-negative-thoughts-with-asd/

Happiness­­–a term notoriously difficult to define. What exactly is happiness? A short-term experience? A longer-term state of mind? Are people born happy or is it something that can be cultivated? It’s a hard-enough question to consider even among the neurotypical population. What might make one person very happy (going to a football match, for example) […]

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Achieving Great Success Beyond the Autism Diagnosis

Achieving Great Success Beyond the Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/achieving-great-success-beyond-autism/

Throughout most of his life, Gregory Chabolla had continuously proven that he could achieve far beyond the limits set by his diagnosis. It was back in 1998 when he was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Gregory was just three years old. And his mother, Michelle, was told her son would never be […]

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Emotional Therapy: How to Bridge the Gap For People With Special Needs

Emotional Therapy: How to Bridge the Gap For People With Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/emotional-therapy-people-special-needs/

If humans are anything, first, we are emotional beings. Newborn babies in the NICU are proven to have increased chances of survival directly correlated with how much physical contact they receive. This has been the root of hospital volunteer baby huggers programs in which they bring in volunteers to simply hug and cuddle infants to […]

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A Mother’s Gift: Our First Kiss

A Mother's Gift: Our First Kiss https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mothers-gift-our-first-kiss/

After a long day full of unexpected fun in the snow (daddy got to stay home) and a car ride with no destination in mind, I never imagined the gift that was going to come as we were getting ready for bed. Per our routine we go upstairs after dinner for an hour of play; […]

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Thank you, Asperger’s

Thank you, Asperger’s https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/thank-you-aspergers/

In 2016, this former newspaper columnist learned he has Asperger’s. Big picture, I’m okay with it. Oh, I often wonder what it would be like to live 24 hours as a social gadfly. Have a bunch of friends. Go to parties. Be voted Most Popular. To not bite my fingernails until they bleed. To not […]

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When Protecting Your Child With Autism Is Misunderstood

When Protecting Your Child With Autism Is Misunderstood https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/when-protecting-child-autism-misunderstood/

It seems that we as parents of complex children are judged at every turn. But there is no judgment more supreme or detrimental as a letter from Children and Youth Services—a letter detailing you are under investigation by the government because someone in the world, as an outsider looking in, has viewed your parenting in […]

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How to Protect a Child With Autism From Sexual Abuse

How to Protect a Child With Autism From Sexual Abuse https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/protect-child-autism-sexual-abuse/

Each day children wake up and get ready to attend school. During that process, every parent expects that their child will arrive back home in the same condition as when he/she left. Current estimates suggest that 1:3 girls and 1:10 boys will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 years old (Tang, Freyd, […]

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Harassment: Ways to Reduce Risk Situations for People With Autism

Harassment: Ways to Reduce Risk Situations for People With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/harassment-reduce-situations-people-autism/

When you’re a parent of a child of any age with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you’re always on the lookout for possible problems. As children get older, problems get more complicated—what used to be unexpected swerves and bumps can become potholes and landmines with serious consequences. Sexual harassment is a land mine. The issue surrounding […]

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