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Gaining Independence: From Cradle to Career With Autism

Gaining Independence: From Cradle to Career With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gaining-independence-career-with-autism/

I adopted my beautiful son Thomas at birth. He was my bundle of joy, the light of my life. In fact, I often remember receiving compliments from complete strangers while standing in line at the grocery store about my gorgeous blonde hair blue eyed baby. I felt so fortunate to be the mother of such […]

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How to Introduce New Foods to Picky Eaters with Autism

How to Introduce New Foods to Picky Eaters with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/introduce-new-foods-picky-eaters/

Picky eating isn’t uncommon to anyone who has or works with children. Most parents know there are only a handful of foods their children will eat, and getting them to try new foods is often challenging. Picky eating, or food selectivity, has a much higher prevalence in children who are on the autism spectrum compared […]

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A Changing Child With Autism Needs a Changing Parent

A Changing Child With Autism Needs a Changing Parent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/changing-child-autism-needs-parent/

Diagnosis often brings with it clarity of thought. We are given an explanation and often concrete actions in the shape of therapy. A lot of therapy. We take our child to so much therapy that our clarity becomes lost in the fog of scheduling, implementing, analyzing, assessing, researching, changing, and repeating that cycle. Then one […]

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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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Summertime Activities That Will Engage Your Child With Autism

https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/summertime-activities-engage-child-autism/

It’s summertime…the dreaded time of year for most autism parents! It is that time of year when your child goes from structure to non-structure and we begin to see more and more meltdowns because of this BIG transition. Summertime doesn’t have to be full of dread and meltdowns. In fact, summertime is the time where […]

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State Medicaid Waiver Programs Can Pay for a Lifetime of Needs

State Medicaid Waiver Programs Can Pay for a Lifetime of Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/state-medicaid-programs-lifetime-needs/

Question: How do state Medicaid waiver programs play a role in the planning for my son, especially with the long waiting list? State Medicaid Waiver programs can play a significant role in providing care for your son’s lifetime need for support.  While many families can be discouraged by the waiting lists that exist in most […]

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An Exclusive Look at AUTISM With Julie Polanco

An Exclusive Look at AUTISM With Julie Polanco https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/exclusive-look-autism-julie-polanco/

Encouragement speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Julie Polanco who is the author of God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn. […]

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Why It’s Important to Embrace Autism Research

Why It’s Important to Embrace Autism Research https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/why-important-embrace-autism-research/

Research is very important for parents to understand—unfortunately, it isn’t something that a lot of families have time for or can easily access. It may seem that research exists in an ivory tower. I want to inspire you to embrace research. It helps inform the practitioners and teachers that work with your loved one on […]

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New Comic Book Character With Autism Inspires Kindness

New Comic Book Character With Autism Inspires Kindness https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/comic-character-autism-inspires-kindness/

Isolation and engagement are two things on my heart and mind.  I was a teacher for 25 years in a school that had a program for Autistic children.  The children enrolled in the program at a very young age.  One of the program’s goals was to thoughtfully integrate the Autistic children into the school’s academic […]

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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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