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Issue 57 – Conquering A New Year

Issue 57 – Conquering A New Year

  Buy Single Issue Subscribe today and save 50% Features: Let’s Hear It For This Year’s Special Contributors A special recognition for our Top 15 Contributors for 2016 who have helped make Autism Parenting Magazine an award-winning magazine. Amy KD Tobik The Urgent Need to Stop Criminalizing Autism A leading attorney and autism/children’s rights advocate… Continue Reading

Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children

Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children

As a pediatric occupational therapist and a mother, I try my best to fully understand each child and his/her sensory needs, both at home and in my practice.  Children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) tend to experience sensory overload or adverse reactions to sensory input more frequently than typically… Continue Reading

The Broomstick Game: A Simple Way to Stimulate Your Child’s Proprioceptive System

The Broomstick Game: A Simple Way to Stimulate Your Child’s Proprioceptive System

Working as a pediatric occupational therapist for 45 years and almost exclusively with children on the spectrum for the last 20 years, I’ve learned an important fact: children on the spectrum like deep touch. This isn’t news and it’s why parents hear about the benefits of a child wearing a tight vest, playing squishy games… Continue Reading

New Research: Program Offers Help for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

New Research: Program Offers Help for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is closely aligned with autism in that most individuals on the autism spectrum have significant struggles with SPD (autismspeaks.org). Children with sensory impairments find it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, resulting in challenges such as clumsiness, anxiety, and social and behavioral problems.  Additionally, many of them have sensory-related sensitivities… Continue Reading