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Sharing our Journeys with Autism Parenting: The Hershkovitz Story

Sharing our Journeys with Autism Parenting: The Hershkovitz Story

One of the most significant problems faced after an autism diagnosis is the isolation caregivers experience. While we cannot always connect in person with other parents, we can share our autism stories. By sharing the raw, but also inspiring moments of going through an autism diagnosis, we can help inspire families on so many levels. Today, we have been blessed for our friend Leslie to share her family's autism journey. Check it out below! Sharing our Journeys with Autism Parenting: The Hershkovitz Story My name is Leslie Hershkovitz, mother of 4 who is a survivor of many things that don't…
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Unstoppable, a Song for Autism | The Viral Song for #autismacceptance

Unstoppable, a Song for Autism | The Viral Song for #autismacceptance

Have you heard that viral song about Autism, Unstoppable: A Song for Autism, yet?! As parents of autistic children, we can all use a little inspiration from time to time to remind us your how incredible our journey is! Even more, we need the world to not only share autism awareness but truly begin to change to autism acceptance. So when a story comes along that does that, we need to not only embrace it but share it with everyone.   https://www.facebook.com/UnstoppableSong/videos/162005387848623/ What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disorder. It affects individuals’ behaviors and communication skills. These symptoms can range from…
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Music Therapy for Children With Autism

Music Therapy for Children With Autism

How does music therapy work for autism? There are so many benefits of music. Let's take a look at how music therapy for autistic children works: Autism is a developmental disorder. It affects individuals’ behaviors and communication skills. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. As rates increase, so does the search for appropriate therapies. In today's post, we discuss the benefits of music for autism. Music Therapy for Children With Autism Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad…
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Weighted Blanket for Autism: What you need to know

Weighted Blanket for Autism: What you need to know

How does a weighted blanket work? Do weighted blankets help with autism? How does a weighted blanket help with sensory issues? How heavy should my weighted blanket be? Keep reading to answer all these questions about weighted blankets for autism! Weighted Blanket for Autism: What you need to know As a parent of a child with autism, chances are you have heard of using a weighted blanket. Many studies have confirmed that weighted blankets can help children and adults with autism. How do Weighted Blankets Help Autism? Weighted blankets use the power of Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS). DPTS creates a calming…
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47 Inspirational Autism Quotes You Must Know!

47 Inspirational Autism Quotes You Must Know!

Do you want to discover some amazingly inspirational autism quotes or autism mom quotes? Then you are in luck!  These quotes about autism will remind you that autism isn’t something you can always see but there is always a way to make a difference. We have compiled a massive list of Asperger’s and autism awareness quotes that will inspire, educate, inform and bring a smile to your face!   Having the right quote can answer the tough questions, while also inspiring. When looking to answer "what is autism", consider these inspirational quotes as an opening to your conversation. Click here…
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Self-Therapy for Parents of Children with Autism

Self-Therapy for Parents of Children with Autism

Self-therapy can help parents of children with autism keep a balanced life and parent their children better. Parenting a child with autism involves holding many titles. Not only are parents caretakers, but they’re activists for autism, therapists for their children, and interpreters of their child’s behavior daily. Each day as a parent can be exhausting. It's even more difficult when your child has autism. This is due to your child having special dietary needs, specific education requirements, and may need to be communicated within particular ways. Self-Therapy for Parents of Children with Autism It can be hard as a parent…
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Family Game Night – Helping Siblings Connect through Games

Family Game Night – Helping Siblings Connect through Games

Having three autistic kiddos, it can sometimes be really hard to get them to get along! One of the best ways we have learned to help them connect is through Family Game Night! We've all heard about having a family game night.  Chances are, you've tried to make it into your routine but it fell off the schedule as new things came along Today, we're going to go over the benefits of scheduling (and doing) a family game night weekly.  This is great for all families, but especially for neurodiverse families. Having a family game night each week is great…
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4 Tips for Designing a Calming Bedroom for a Child with Autism

4 Tips for Designing a Calming Bedroom for a Child with Autism

The bedroom is supposed to be an area of escape. A place where you can rest so that you may start the next day anew. As a parent of an autistic child, it's essential to keep that in mind when what you place in a room when Designing a Calming Bedroom for a Child with Autism. This space is their special area where they can retreat when feeling overwhelmed by the world around them. It should be comfortable, quiet, and conducive to a good night's sleep. These helpful design tips can point parents in the right direction. These four tips…
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Coping with  Misunderstandings Due to Hyper-Focusing

Coping with Misunderstandings Due to Hyper-Focusing

Having four children, arguments happen often. Weekends and summers are when most of these happen. The whole "being stuck in the same house together" thing and all. Most of these arguments are a result of some type of misunderstanding. Though they have not lived a day apart, living in a neurodiverse family can prove challenging at times. Having three children with autism makes for humorous misunderstandings! So as you can imagine, disagreeing due to hyper-focusing happens quite often. Today was one of those days. Our son was napping for once (yeah me!), and the girls were all outside playing with…
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What to do When Children with Autism Wander

What to do When Children with Autism Wander

A study back in 2012, confirmed what many parents of autistic children already knew.  Elopement, also known as wandering, is a terrifyingly common occurrence of children with autism.   Twice this summer already, we have heard of two little boys with autism wandering off and drowning.  We have had our own incidents with wandering (and just plain bolting away!) that have caused a ton of stress on everyone! As a mom of three children on the spectrum, I wish I would have known more about an elopement in autism.  So, to help provide that information to you, today we are going…
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Autism Symptoms in Girls

Autism Symptoms in Girls

Autism now affects 1 in 59 children in the United States.  There is a ton of information out there on symptoms, but those symptoms seem very specific to boys.  Only in the last few years has there been true research to understand the Symptoms of Autism in Girls. Along the journey to our daughter's diagnosis, I desperately looked for information online of autism symptoms in girls. This was four years ago now, but the information wasn't there. The only information I could come across was Aspergers in girls.  While Aspergers has been a diagnosis on the spectrum (until the DSM 5),…
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Top 10 Ways Dogs Help People with Autism

Top 10 Ways Dogs Help People with Autism

Life in the 21st century is fast. Opportunities to have a quiet moment and relax often need to be pre-planned if they are to take place. Yet, in this often maddening hodgepodge of daily activities, many turn to their pets for a bit of downtime. It is always a smart decision to spend time with an animal. They do not pass judgment nor blame. Instead, they will offer unconditional love and attention. That's why we wanted to answer the question In what are ways dogs help people with autism. Dogs are fantastic when it comes to taking on the role…
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6 Unexpected Sources of Irritation for Sensitive Children

6 Unexpected Sources of Irritation for Sensitive Children

Does your child have sensitivity issues? If so, you know that seemingly minor irritations can cause significant problems. It can prove challenging to unearth the source of the distress, especially if your child can't communicate what's bothering them. Sensitive Children need accommodations to lessen the unexpected sources of irritation. 6 Unexpected Sources of Irritation for Sensitive Children With that in mind, the following six items consist of common irritants. These substances and activities can trigger emotional responses in those with heightened sensitivity. The next time you can't decipher why your child is acting out, consider these possibilities. Knowing this information…
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What Is ABA Therapy and Is It Right for Your Child?

What Is ABA Therapy and Is It Right for Your Child?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects every 1 in 59 children. It can be a somewhat confusing diagnosis and leaves parents seeking help in how to assist their child, so they live their best life. Thankfully, there are many methods and therapies available now to aid parents and children, and one of them is applied behavior analysis or ABA. So, what is ABA therapy, and how does it work? Is it applicable to every child? If you're curious about what ABA is, continue reading to learn more about this type of therapy. What is Autism? ASD is a condition that affects…
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Autism and the Holiday Season: 5 Tips for Parents

Autism and the Holiday Season: 5 Tips for Parents

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re all looking forward to our particular traditions and spending some quality time with the family. However, for children with autism and their parents, this time of year can present plenty of challenges. So here are five tips to help families with children with autism to have a happy holiday. Autism and the Holiday Season: 5 Tips for Parents By Estee Rothstein, BCBA, Executive Director at Golden Care Therapy, a New Jersey-based provider of in-home therapy for children with autism 1. Ease into the festivities  Change is often difficult for individuals with autism, so…
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Father’s Role in Raising an Autistic Daughter

Father’s Role in Raising an Autistic Daughter

Autism is a disorder that is usually diagnosed in early childhood. However, it is not a pediatric condition. It is life long and brings many difficulties and challenges to both the affected child and parents. The care that a mother shows for her autistic child is different than what a father can offer. Also, the bond between a mother and her child becomes stronger after a diagnosis. The autistic child becomes dependent on her mother, which makes many people think that the father is inexistent in the process. Contrary to the common belief, a father’s role is essential in a…
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Autism and Transition: Why is transitioning so hard?

Autism and Transition: Why is transitioning so hard?

One of the key things that cause meltdowns in our home is transitions. Whenever there is a change in routine or schedule, we are bound to have a meltdown. One of the main questions I receive is about autism and transitions. Why does it happen, and how can I help. The following is an example of how this can play out: Yesterday morning I have an appointment. Usually, on a Tuesday morning, it's my daughter's time to have a doctor visit. My husband forgot that it was my appointment. He thought it was hers, so my daughter did not get…
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What happens when autistic children grow up? What Moms Need to Know

What happens when autistic children grow up? What Moms Need to Know

Motherhood is hard. Every mother out there wants nothing but the best for her children. She needs to make sure that she is giving it her all. She doesn't do it for praise, but only for the sake of her children's happiness and well-being. Being a mother is a 24/7 job. It is one where you are emotionally, physically, and mentally invested with no breaks or days off. For moms of autistic children, there are even more concerns to take into considering. One of which is the question, "What happens when autistic children grow up?" Another is "What is autism…
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Levels of Autism: Understanding what the Diagnosis Means

Levels of Autism: Understanding what the Diagnosis Means

When our son received his autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, the paperwork I was given gave him a diagnosis I had never heard before. Our son's diagnosis is Autism Spectrum Disorder: Level 2: "Requiring Substantial Support." When his therapists and others would ask about the results, it seemed as though no one understood what that meant! Out of all the questions I hear, these are at the top of the list. "What are the different levels of autism" and "what do the levels of autism mean?" Understanding Autism Autism is a developmental disorder. It affects individuals' behaviors and communication skills. These symptoms can range from mild to…
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The Ultimate Autism Parenting Giveaway

The Ultimate Autism Parenting Giveaway

My favorite thing about the holidays is the giving part!  This year, I wanted to do something big for you guys.  For that reason, I present you with the biggest giveaway we have EVER done!  Welcome to the Ultimate Autism Parenting Giveaway! Here at The Mom Kind, our mission is to help parents with children on the autism spectrum.  I want to support you in your journey, wherever that may be.  Our autism archives hold a MASSIVE amount of free information to help you with all different aspects of parenting. Sometimes though, we need products to help our children thrive. …
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