Erin Tracy

Travel Tips for Autism

Summertime often means fun activities, new experiences, and vacation, which usually also includes travel.  I always have mixed feelings about travel.  It can be so liberating, educational, and just plain fun, but the process of getting places or finding your way around new places can be stressful and children don’t make it any easier. Traveling …

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Increasing Social Skills Through Playdates

Most parents recognize when a child with ASD may have some deficits in social skills.  Hosting playdates or participating in activities where your child can be around other children is a great start, but, unfortunately, simply being around other children often isn’t enough.  This is because children on the autism spectrum don’t typically learn by …

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Autism & Safety

When it comes to children, safety is number 1.  For parents of children with autism, this can be an even bigger worry, as many children with autism may lack the skills required to protect themselves. This is particularly true if your child doesn’t talk, understand safe boundaries with people, or is a “runner”.  Though it …

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Signs and Symptoms of ASD

Let me just preface this by saying that just because your child may exhibit some of these signs, does not mean that they necessarily have autism.  Many typical symptoms of autism are things we all do from time to time.  Often it’s the degree or severity to which one engages in them that separates those …

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ASD Parent Education

As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, you play an integral role in your child’s progress and success. Expanding your knowledge surrounding your child’s behavior and how to build their skills can empower you to take a more active role in your child’s treatment. The more you know, the better you can advocate …

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Haircuts and Autism: 5 Steps to a Better Experience

The dreaded haircut.  The impending screams and crying are enough to keep any parent from scheduling an appointment.  Maybe you know it’s going to be difficult or perhaps you’re already traumatized from the last experience.  Many little ones have a difficult time with haircuts, but children on the autism spectrum can really struggle with this.  …

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