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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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The Ultimate Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Autistic Teenagers

The Ultimate Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Autistic Teenagers

Buying presents for teenagers can be tough!  Add in an Autism diagnosis, and you may be left wonder what is the perfect gift.  Autistic children express themselves differently and may like different things, but they are children all the same!  The trendy new movies, video games, and hot topics are always a great place to start.  If you need a jump start on some of the best gifts this season that your autistic teenager will enjoy, you are in the right spot!  Here are 75+ gift ideas for autistic teenagers: Gift Ideas for Teenagers with Autism  1. Amazon Echo Dot…
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How to Celebrate Milestones of Special Needs Children

How to Celebrate Milestones of Special Needs Children

Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Your child has to work harder to achieve goals that neurotypical children obtain with ease. As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to ensure your child knows that they’re loved. That is why it is so important to celebrate milestones of special needs children. No matter whether society views these moments as big or small, for your child and you, this is a huge moment! Statistics show that 62% of American parents admit that they can be a little overprotective of their kids because they want the…
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How Can You Help Your Child with a Speech Disorder?

How Can You Help Your Child with a Speech Disorder?

Many babies can excitedly babble "mama" and "dada" well before their first birthday. Most toddlers can say around 20 words by the time they're 18 months old. But at what age should your kid start to formulate comprehensible sentences? And when do you consider there to be a delay in speech and language development? A child with a speech disorder is unable to say all of the speech sounds in words. Keep reading to find out when and what you need to look out for, and how to help. As with other skills or milestones throughout your child's life, the age at which they learn to talk…
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Swimming and Autism: Benefits, Risks and What Parents Should Know

Swimming and Autism: Benefits, Risks and What Parents Should Know

The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in every 59 children has autism spectrum disorder. It is characterized by challenging social interaction, speech delay, inability to pay attention, among others.  However, early intervention can help autistic children improve learning, develop their communication and social skills, and improve on brain development. Swimming and Autism: Benefits, Risks and What Parents Should Know One such way is through exercise. More than 20 minutes of vigorous activity has proven to be effective in helping children in the spectrum. It helps reduce aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, hyperactivity, self-injury, and destructiveness. Is Swimming Good for Autism? Swimming,…
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How do weighted blankets help with autism?

How do weighted blankets help with autism?

The world has been gaining awareness about psychology and the realm of mental illnesses year after another. There are a lot of talks, movies, tv-shows, songs, and online posts that enlighten the public about different kinds of disorders and how people cope with them. This awareness has led to a lot of changes in our world. Today, people are more aware, accepting, and understanding, and there are a lot of products dedicated to helping. Many products are now created to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) sleep more soundly. And surprisingly, the highest in-demand product is not a drug,…
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Find’em Scent Safe- Bringing Loved Ones Home Quicker!

Find’em Scent Safe- Bringing Loved Ones Home Quicker!

Having three autistic children, the worry of wandering is high.  While our oldest is not one to often elope, our two younger ones will.  We do use GPS devices for them, but sometimes that is not enough.  Electronics may work most of the time, but some variables can make them not as efficient.  They can be taken off, clothing attached can be removed, or battery/technology failures.  That is why I am so thankful to have found a game-changing product.  The Find’ Em Safe Scent allows families to collect and store uncontaminated scent samples.  Find’em Scent Safe- Bringing Loved Ones Home…
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7 Uncomfortable Locations for Children With Sensory Issues

7 Uncomfortable Locations for Children With Sensory Issues

Whether your child has autism, sensory processing disorder, or other sensory needs, you want them to feel comfortable. There are many uncomfortable locations for children with sensory issues that you need to learn how to workaround. In today's post, we are going to talk about the top seven locations and ways to help support your child in these situations. 7 Uncomfortable Locations for Children With Sensory Issues By Dylan Bartlett of Just a Regular Guide You don't need to keep your child in a bubble, of course. Handling certain situations with forethought will improve their quality of life and makes…
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Jade & Trubs: The Story of the Unadoptable Cat & an Autistic Child

Jade & Trubs: The Story of the Unadoptable Cat & an Autistic Child

Jade & Trubs - Mutual Rescue When it comes to animals, we all know they can offer a special bond with you like none other.  When it comes to disabilities, animals have been helping people in massive ways.  Whether a Seeing Eye dog for the blind, mobility assistance dogs or emotional support animals, people are understanding this bond more and more.  For autistic individuals, a bond with an animal can do wonders.  Such is the case with Jade & Trubs: The Story of the Unadoptable Cat & an Autistic Child “Adopting a pet can greatly benefit the lives of people…
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Helpful Tips for Reducing Morning Stress | Autism Parenting Advice

Helpful Tips for Reducing Morning Stress | Autism Parenting Advice

Helpful Tips for Reducing Morning Stress | Autism Parenting Advice Autistic children often struggle with getting ready in the morning. There is a lot of anxiety and choices to make for most children in the morning. For children with autism, routines are essential. But what is a parent to help their child in reducing morning stress? Sticking with morning routines for your kids can make all the difference in your and your child’s day. In particular, having a strategy for the morning that includes all of the necessities in a specific order can do worlds of good for getting your…
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13 Tips for Moving with an Autistic Child

13 Tips for Moving with an Autistic Child

If you are rearing a child with autism, then you are already a hero. But even heroes can have a vulnerability. For many parents of autistic children, that vulnerability is moving. Moving with children or teenagers is hard enough, but autistic children and teens tend to be much more reliant on routine and consistency in their environment. This fact is what makes even the concept of moving difficult for some autistic youngsters.  Tips for Moving with an Autistic Child Still, some moves are unavoidable. So if you are planning a relocation and are the parent of an autistic child, here are some…
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Motivating your autistic child to write

Motivating your autistic child to write

a child girl doing homework writing and reading at home Writing can be a rather challenging activity, especially for children on the autism spectrum. In their neurodiversity, some may find it less complicated to write or speak than others. Some autistic children may even experience particular difficulty with keeping their focus and concentration on specific tasks and activities. But knowing your child’s unique abilities is the best way you can help them develop their writing skills. If you understand their strengths and needs, it will also be a lot easier for you to properly support them. Bringing up an autistic…
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Essential Guide to Weighted Blankets

Essential Guide to Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets are used to combat specific sensory deficits or overload, along with several other mental health and emotional disorders. Those with chronic anxiety, depression, insomnia, autism, dementia, and attention deficit problems can benefit from using a weighted blanket. These unique blankets counteract these issues and aid in better rest periods and relaxation. This essential guide to weighted blanket answers several of the top questions asked. Many occupational therapists recommend weighted blanket therapy as part of an individual's daily routines. Children over two years of age may also benefit from switching to an appropriate sized and weighted blanket. These blankets…
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How To Handle Divorce When Your Child Has Autism

How To Handle Divorce When Your Child Has Autism

Divorce is always a tough concept to grasp for any kid as it literally feels like their family is being torn apart. However, for children with autism, the impact of their parents getting divorced can have a more significant effect on them. When dealing with a child who has autism, here are a few things to consider:  Have a heart-to-heart conversation Divorce has become quite common as the need to stay in a toxic or unhealthy relationship has disappeared. It is also not surprising how common divorce is in today’s culture, as the stigma related to getting a divorce is no…
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The Greatest Toys For Kids With Autism

The Greatest Toys For Kids With Autism

If you have a child that has autism, then you already understand the challenges that come along with it. You also understand that even though your child may seem different in many ways from other kids, at the end of the day, they are still a child like any other. They are unique, that is all, and an exceptional child needs special care with even more wonderful treatment and love. We love to see the look on any child’s face when they see a brand new toy handed to them. And for children with autism, being able to have toys…
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9 Ways to support a child with autism in the classroom

9 Ways to support a child with autism in the classroom

9 Ways to support a child with autism in the classroom No two autistic children are the same, and their autism manifests in different ways. Like every child, autistic children need to be treated as individuals. When it comes to teaching, there are ways to support a child with autism in the classroom Having a positive teacher-student relationship will help ensure learning and growth. While these steps will not work with every child, many of them will help you get started off on the right foot. 1. Educate yourself about the learner Educating yourself is a practical step for teaching…
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Proven Tips to Help Nurture your Child’s Social-Emotional Development

Proven Tips to Help Nurture your Child’s Social-Emotional Development

Tips to Help Nurture your Child's Social-Emotional Development Parenting is the hardest job on the planet. You work 24/7, you don’t get to take days off, and you don’t retire, ever. Although you don’t get a gold watch for a job well done, you end up with a  sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that you raised a smart, kind, compassionate and happy person who easily forms relationships with others, communicates, learns, face challenges, and experiences emotions. However, in order to raise children who will grow up to be well-balanced adult, you need to start nurturing your kid’s social and…
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Extraordinary Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Extraordinary Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout Being a caregiver in any capacity is extremely hard work. Typically, caregiving applies to those who cannot provide it for themselves. That often includes people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. It can also refer to mothers or fathers looking after young children, or those looking after the very elderly. Whatever the situation, it is a uniquely exhausting job, demanding hard work, at potentially unusual hours. It is so important to be aware of how high the chance of burning out is. Let's see take a look at these tips to avoid caregiver burnout. Acknowledge The…
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FORBRAIN: A New Way to Improve Speech

FORBRAIN: A New Way to Improve Speech

When it comes to speech, having the ability to communicate efficiently can be life-changing.  As a child, I struggled greatly with speech.  The biggest speech error I remember was saying “Frismas Free”.  While extremely cute, these are the types of language barriers so many children struggle with.  For children with autism, speech delays are very common.  The main solution for this is seeing a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to work through speech therapy.  Though the bases of speech therapy have stayed consistent since I was a child, there are some amazing new tools on the market that are changing the ways…
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