Category Archive: Autism 101 – The Basics

Jul 11 2014

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

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 part of anyone’s …

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Jun 28 2014

How Do You Tell Someone Their Kid May Have Autism?

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” behavior in their …

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Jun 05 2014

Autism, Wandering, and Death: Protecting those you love

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 have a …

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Feb 15 2014

Big Red Safety Boxes

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 lot’s old …

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Nov 08 2013

Surviving The Holidays, An Autism Family Guide: 12 Tips

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 “autism sucks …

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Oct 14 2013

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

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 rest of …

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Oct 11 2013

Autism’s Impact on Medical Care

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 is excellent, …

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Oct 02 2013

Six Things To Consider When Creating A Sensory-Friendly Classroom

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 their participation …

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Oct 01 2013

Success/Failure Balance

“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 willing to …

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Sep 19 2013

Helping Your Child With Autism Succeed In School

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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Sep 15 2013

Autism Parents And Schools – On The Same Team

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 that parents, …

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