Autism Holiday Gift Guide

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard or seen parents of children with autism spending hundreds of dollars on beautiful toys and their child’s favorite is a cardboard box, string, or kitchen utensil.  If this sounds familiar, you’ve probably felt like shopping for gifts is a futile task.  You may feel torn, wanting …

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Handling The Holidays

If you’re a parent of a child with autism, I don’t need to go through the list of reasons why the holidays are stressful for you and your child. There are several things you can do to support your child with autism and take care of yourself in the process. Let’s talk about those family …

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Importance of Parent Education in Helping a Child with Autism

I know you’ve heard this before – parents and caregivers play the most important role in their child’s progress.  As ABA providers, we are great at telling you that and expecting participation, but we don’t always equip you with the tools you need to play that role.  If you have an ABA provider, you likely …

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Autism Parent’s Guide to a Less Stressful Morning

You can see it on everyone’s faces.  It’s in Mom or Dad’s eye roll and breathless apologies as they slip into the classroom 10 minutes late, a child’s uncombed hair or disheveled clothing, and the forgotten folder.  The rough morning… Everyone has them, some of us more often than others.   Getting out of the house …

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A Happier Halloween with Autism

Halloween: teachers dread it, kids count down to it, and parents may feel a little of both.  Figuring out a costume, finding time to put it together, and preparing for the inevitable sugar rush can be overwhelming.  For parents of children on the autism spectrum, Halloween can be especially trying.  This is mostly because of …

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Visual Schedules and Autism: How to Support Your Child Throughout the Day

We all need reminders at times of what we need to do.  This may come in the form of checklists, to-do lists, calendar appointments, etc.  Children with autism are no different in this regard and tend to thrive on structure and routine.  Visual representations of steps that need to be completed for a particular routine …

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Planning the Playdate: 6 Tips To Successful Socialization For Your Child With Autism

Many of you are probably aware that some social interaction would be great for your kids, but scheduling playdates can be a bear between after-school activities and parent calendars. So, you finally find another child to come over- now what? I’ve included some tips below to help make the playdate beneficial for your child and …

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Autism and Grocery Shopping: 8 Steps To A Smoother Trip

The grocery store trip: a tough one with any child, but especially a child with autism.  Many parents dread this experience, knowing that constant negotiation, tantrums, and judgmental eyes await.  While, unfortunately, I can’t control the intolerance of others, I can give you some tips to help make it a smoother trip. My biggest tip …

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