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Life With Asperger’s: Learning As I Go

Life With Asperger's: Learning As I Go https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/life-with-aspergers-learning-go/

I’m scrunched up under a desk. My 3rdgrade teacher, Mrs. Alexander, implores me to come out and participate. I reply with grunts. All I want is my Game Boy Advance. That was me throughout elementary school—an unfiltered troublemaker who lacked the skills to assimilate into his surroundings. All thanks to something called Asperger’s. It’s the […]

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Growing Up With Autism

Growing Up With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/growing-up-with-autism/

Back in June 2013 I wrote about my son, who was on the verge of getting a diagnosis of being on the autism spectrum. At the time, I wanted to write about him before I got the diagnosis because I needed to remind myself that my son is not his diagnosis. I was afraid that […]

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Help: My Child With Autism Is Afraid to Go to the Dentist

Help: My Child With Autism Is Afraid to Go to the Dentist https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-child-afraid-dental-checkup/

Many children struggle with the idea of going to the dentist, but for children with autism, a trip to the dentist office can create anxiety and even panic. Here are some simple suggestions that may ease stress levels and make your dental visit a success. 1. Visual Schedules A visual schedule is a great way […]

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Top Therapy Services That Need to Be Considered With Autism

Top Therapy Services That Need to Be Considered With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/top-therapy-services-with-autism/

Recently, parents of a 3.6-year-old child diagnosed with autism with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in a US public school district approached me for some general tips on parenting a child with autism. I am a physical therapist with a special interest in the educational impact of a diagnosis like the autism spectrum, attention deficit […]

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How to Find the Right Social Skills Group for Your Child

How to Find the Right Social Skills Group for Your Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-skills-group-for-children/

Mastering social skills is generally an ongoing endeavor for kids on the autism spectrum. Just when you master one skill, peers get older, change, and it’s time for an upgrade. How do you know if your child is ready to benefit from learning social skills in a group setting? In my office, groups promote safe […]

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An Exclusive Look at AUTISM with Luke Vincent

An Exclusive Look at AUTISM with Luke Vincent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/exclusive-look-with-luke-vincent/

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM interview by asking six questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers insightful perspectives from parents, experts, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field. Today’s AUTISM Interview is with Luke Vincent who runs a YouTube channel called Vincentville where the family shares their autism story. They do their best […]

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3 Holiday Challenges…and How to Help Prevent Them

3 Holiday Challenges...and How to Help Prevent Them http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-holiday-challenges-prevent-them

The holiday season is here and amid all the fun and excitement can be some challenges for families with children on the autism spectrum.  Having some strategies in place to can go a long way toward making the holidays more merry for the whole family. Challenge 1- Family Everywhere! During the holidays, getting together with […]

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Interesting Ways Occupational Therapy Can Help Parenting Stress

Interesting Ways Occupational Therapy Can Help Parenting Stress http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/occupational-therapy-help-stress/

“[Having a child diagnosed with autism is] very stressful. I don’t have time for my husband, and I don’t have time for me! …I’m always thinking that what happened to my son is my fault. I’m trying to do my best! He needs me!”  —Anonymous parent Does the above statement ring a bell? Are there […]

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In the Patterns of Shakespeare, a Method to Break Down Autism Barriers

The past 30 years have brought greater support and understanding for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with new interventions helping bridge some of the most challenging social challenges. We now know social skills can be taught through a diverse array of approaches, from group interventions and social stories to response training and problem-solving. Most […]

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