Category: Autism 101 – The Basics

6 Tips For Taking A Kid With Sensory Needs To The Movies

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Tell Your Friends  1    It’s summer! That means it’s getting hot and humid outside. Some of us love that, and some of us don’t. Even those die-hard sun worshippers need to come in out of the heat once in a while, and when they do, they turn to the movies. Summer blockbusters can be an exciting …

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How Do You Tell Someone Their Kid May Have Autism?

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Tell Your Friends  2    We get asked this question all the time. We’re fairly vocal advocates for autism awareness and education in our community, and people stop us in the grocery store or on the street and ask this more regularly than you’d believe. It’s usually a concerned sister, aunt, or friend who is noticing “unusual” …

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Autism, Wandering, and Death: Protecting those you love

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Tell Your Friends      Wandering. Elopement. Fleeing. Bolting. Running off. Whatever you call it, it can spell disaster for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.   Research shows that 49% of people with ASD will wander. Of those who perish as a result of their wandering, 90% will have drowned. For reasons not fully understood, people with ASD …

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Big Red Safety Boxes

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Tell Your Friends      Hey, I just found out about these Big Red Safety Boxes, being issued/sold/donated via the National Autism Association.  What a spectacular idea.  The aim is to give some tangible support to the families of those kids who bolt.  Or run.  Or wander off. Jake used to be this kid.  We tore down our …

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Surviving The Holidays, An Autism Family Guide: 12 Tips

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Tell Your Friends  5   I realize I can’t speak for all kids/adults on the spectrum, but I’ve got a pretty good understanding of my own son, and hope to share with you some of the realities of surviving the holidays with a kid on the spectrum. I’ve also been doing some reflecting, and feel like it’s always …

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We Succeeded In Taking A Kid With Autism To Disney – And You Can Too!

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Tell Your Friends  9   I’m not going to pretend it was easy, but it was possible – and very worth it! Every kid should get the chance to experience the “happiest place on earth,” and Jake is no exception.  There’s a school of thought that says it’s OK to leave your child with ASD home when the …

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Autism’s Impact on Medical Care

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Tell Your Friends      As I cruise the Bloggosphere and the Twitterverse, names I’m pretty sure I didn’t make up, I come across ideas for posts and things that provoke emotion and thought.  This is one such example.  Snagglebox wrote up a great list of the “7 Important Ways That Autism Can Impact Medical Care” His information …

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Six Things To Consider When Creating A Sensory-Friendly Classroom

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Tell Your Friends  1   In our last discussion, we started talking about how sensory processing and dysfunction can ruin a kid’s day, and inhibit their ability to be successful in school (and life). There are lots of different ways to set up your classroom that will improve your students’ ability to feel safe, which will also increase …

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Success/Failure Balance

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Tell Your Friends      “Success begets success” I had a teacher once (Don Gnecco, pronounced like the wafer) who used to say that all the time.   It was his belief that if someone attempted something and was successful in that attempt, they would store away the feeling of having accomplished something, and would therefore be more …

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Helping Your Child With Autism Succeed In School

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At the heart of autism is an expressive/receptive language disorder. Stereotypically, kids with autism have trouble expressing themselves, and trouble receiving the information given to them by others. This leads to kids who often feel anxious in new situations, and have trouble making friends. Here’s how you can help:

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Autism Parents And Schools – On The Same Team

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Tell Your Friends  2   This may well have been titled – “Partnering With Schools.” Now that school’s back in session, many Autism Parents (the term I’ll use) are again turning their thoughts towards those semi-annual nightmares – IEPs. IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan.  This is the special doctrine or mandate that outlines in writing the expectations …

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