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Firsthand Tips on How to Get Moving With Inertia

Firsthand Tips on How to Get Moving With Inertia https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/get-moving-tips-with-inertia/

I heard Mom’s voice, “We’re here, Peter! Time for gymnastics!” I told my body to move. “Hands unbuckle, then feet move!” But nothing happened. I tried a second, then a third time, But nothing happened. Mom pulled out her timer. “Five minutes. You can spend it here or in the air con.” I asked myself, […]

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The Amazing Ways the Power of Music Changed My Life

The Amazing Ways the Power of Music Changed My Life https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/music-ways-changed-my-life/

Now I had a new title, I was no longer just a girl with autism, I was The Shires’ “number one fan” and I could do anything. From a very young age I could tell I was different. Everyone else always seemed to know what to say or the correct way to act, whereas I […]

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An Exclusive Look at AUTISM with Diane Dokko

An Exclusive Look at AUTISM with Diane Dokko https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/exclusive-look-with-diane-dokko/

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 Diane Dokko who is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has been serving for over 25 years in bi-vocational […]

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HELP: How Do I Help My Autistic Teen Find the Best Job?

HELP: How Do I Help My Autistic Teen Find the Best Job? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-looks-for-employment/

Can you give me some advice on teaching vocational skills to those with autism?– Karen Hi Karen, This is such an important topic. Research indicates that up to 85% of those with autism are unemployed or under-employed! The areas of difficulty for our teens and young adults on the spectrum are obvious: communication struggles, social […]

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Why Not Pledge to Cut Yourself Some Slack In The New Year?

Why Not Pledge to Cut Yourself Some Slack In The New Year? http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/new-years-resolution-autism/

I never cared much for New Year’s resolutions. While the premise behind them is positive, the timing never seemed to make sense. If I’m planning on making productive changes to my life, why wait until a certain date to begin?  Even if you do, why assign a strict year-long time period to achieve them? It […]

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HELP: My Autistic Teen Keeps Picking Fights with Me

HELP: My Autistic Teen Keeps Picking Fights with Me https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-teen-keeps-picking-fights/

I have a 13-year-old son with autism and have been trying to learn how to work with him, to understand him, and I just don’t get it.  When I’m at home, he just wants to pick a fight with me, and then when I walk away from him, he wants to follow me. Please help!—Troy […]

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Developing Life Skills With Autism-One Pizza Order at a Time

Developing Life Skills With Autism-One Pizza Order at a Time https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/developing-life-skills-with-autism/

Friday night was pizza night. This tradition began when Dylan was in middle school and the increased social pressures and new academic pressures conspired to totally “unglue” him. By Friday, he was an exhausted wreck, and frankly, so was I. Middle school is difficult for most children. It was close to unbearable for Dylan.  It […]

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Motherhood: A Proud Profession for Life

Motherhood: A Proud Profession for Life https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/motherhood-proud-profession-for-life/

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a mom…I remember when I was younger I wanted to have six kids.  I came close, I had four. I love the saying “Mothering is a proud profession.” I love being a Mom, my kids have taught me so much and continue to do […]

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Pivotal Response Training: A Naturalistic Approach to Applied Behavioral Analysis

Pivotal Response Training: A Naturalistic Approach to Applied Behavioral Analysis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/what-is-pivotal-response-training/

What is Pivotal Response Training? Pivotal Response Training (PRT), also known as Pivotal Response Treatment, is an evidence-based intervention developed by Dr. Robert Koegel, Ph.D. and Dr. Lynn Koegel, Ph.D. to provide a more naturalistic approach to the principles of applied behavioral analysis (ABA). PRT is child-led and rewards positive behavior with direct and natural […]

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Changing the Way We Celebrate Birthdays with Autism

Changing the Way We Celebrate Birthdays with Autism http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/celebrate-birthdays-with-autism/

Birthdays can be hard for my family. My son has autism and with it comes difficulty connecting with others. He’s always wanted to play with other kids, but he lacked the social skills to navigate friendship and play. He doesn’t process things quickly enough due to a processing disorder, so when kids are asking him […]

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