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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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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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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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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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Autism Vitamins| What are the best vitamins for Autism and ADHD

Autism Vitamins| What are the best vitamins for Autism and ADHD

Autism Vitamins | What are the best vitamins for Autism and ADHD Autism now affects 1 in 59 children in the United States.  With staggering numbers like these, its no wonder parents are currently searching for vitamins for autism and ADHD.  Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder with there being different levels of autism.  Autism refers to a broad range of conditions that affect a person’s social skills as well as speech and communication. It can also cause rigidity in behaviors, also known as repetitive behaviors. There are many different treatments available to help ease some…
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How To Find the Perfect Dentist for a Loved One with Special Needs

How To Find the Perfect Dentist for a Loved One with Special Needs

How To Find the Perfect Dentist for a Loved One with Special Needs Dr. Greg Grillo (dentably.com) You probably remember your first time sitting in the chair and hearing the noise of various drills and tools. This can be an overwhelming experience and these fears can be heightened for patients with special needs. As a dentist who’s been practicing for more than 17 years, I know how real these anxieties can be, but before you head to the dentist it’s important to find the right one. I’ve helped many families find the right dentist for their needs and here are…
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5 Ways to Teach Writing to Students with Autism

5 Ways to Teach Writing to Students with Autism

5 Ways to Teach Writing to Students with Autism Autism, depending on its severity level, can and does affect how children learn. Although it is not a learning disorder, research suggests that students with autism experience challenges in several learning processes such as writing. Learning writing is challenging for students on the autism spectrum because it requires motor planning, attention, coordination, muscle strength, organization, language skills, and sensory skills. Therefore, teachers must use the most effective ways to motivate and help autistic students learn all stages of writing including handwriting and composition. Writing issues for students with autism When teaching…
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Autism and Halloween | Why is Halloween hard for children with Autism?

Autism and Halloween | Why is Halloween hard for children with Autism?

Fall is officially here.  The trees have all started changing colors and pumpkins decorate the neighborhoods.  Halloween will soon be here.  For many children, this is an exciting time of year.  They get to dress up in fun costumes, get free candy, and all sorts of fun activities.  But for children with Autism, Halloween may not be fun at all.  So, why is Halloween hard for children with autism? My children love the concept of Halloween.  Little man love pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night! My youngest daughter is so creative, so she always…
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How To Create A Safe Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

How To Create A Safe Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

For many parents, finding ways to create safe and engaging activities for their children is a priority, especially as warm weather sets in. In spring and summer, there are several ways you can make your backyard a safe haven for your child on the autism spectrum. For children on the autism spectrum, it’s especially important to make safe spaces that will encourage learning, yet will also help the child feel comfortable. Plus, several of these activities you and your family can do together outdoors. The key is to come up with a good plan so your child will stay engaged…
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Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

As a parent, you quickly learn your children's personalities. We have four children, three girls and one boy.  Now with the girls, I will fully admit that I was overwhelmed.  When our youngest daughter was born, we had three daughters ages five and under.  My mom called them her little whirlwinds, and man did that describe them well! Seven years went by, us thinking that our family was complete. That was until I found out we were pregnant with our fourth child, a boy. This is where the search for an autism diagnosis began. Fast forward.  Early morning on the thirteenth…
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