Autism Related Articles & Blog Posts

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    The Apple of Your Family’s Eye: Family Ties

      Family support is always beneficial. Here are some tips on how to prepare the family of a child on the Autism Spectrum for the new school year: Communicate Expectations Hold a family meeting at least a week before school starts and discuss roles, expectations, and important time changes (e.g., wake-up time on a school […]

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    How About Them Apples?: Preparation is the Key To Success

      Want your child to have a school year to brag about?  Of course you do. Here are some tips on how to prepare a child on the Autism Spectrum for the upcoming school year: Pre-teach Rituals and Routines To the extent you can gather information about the rituals and routines your child’s teacher will […]

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    Bring an Apple to the Teacher: Teaching the Teacher

      Spending some time at the beginning of the school year to teach your child’s new teacher about your child can have lasting benefits. Here are some tips on how to prepare a child on the Autism Spectrum’s new teacher in order to have a successful and mutually beneficial school year: Awe the Teacher with […]

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    Red Apples for Returning to School

      For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families, returning back to school after a string of relaxed summer days can produce a relevant level of stress. Although the manifestation of stress may include a range of behavioral (e.g., an exacerbation of repetitious verbal and motor behavior) and physiologic changes (e.g., […]

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  • Tech Resources Help Kids with ASD Succeed in School

    Tech Resources Help Kids with ASD Succeed in School

    Technology has found a place in many therapeutic areas, and it’s gaining speed in the world of autism spectrum disorder. With many children with ASD drawn to tech gadgets, it makes sense to use that innate connection to enhance the quality of education and your child’s functional skills. A number of autism organizations, advocacy groups […]

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    Childhood Diseases: What You Can Do to Change The Odds in Your Child’s Favor

    When I was a kid, none of my peers had type 2 diabetes. I didn’t know anyone with a life-threatening peanut allergy. The label ADHD was rarely used. Today more kids will live with a chronic medical condition in childhood than won’t. Read that again. It would be unbelievable if it weren’t so pervasive. Allergies, […]

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  • Autism Dietary Needs and Schools

    Autism Dietary Needs and Schools: Making It Work

    As research emerges demonstrating that certain dietary changes may improve the signs and symptoms of ASD, more parents are placing their children on supplements or restricting certain foods from their diets. Certain supplements have also been shown to reduce the gastrointestinal symptoms that frequently plague children with ASD. Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy have touted the […]

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  • School Safety Tips for Your Autistic Child

    Back-to-School Safety Tips for Your Autistic Child

    Your autistic child is heading back to school, to a new school, or to school for the first time. In any case, their safety is your top priority, and you can’t keep your watchful eyes on them 24-7 while they’re attending school. There are ways to keep them safe even when they’re out of sight […]

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  • School Checklist for Autistic Children

    The School Checklist for Autistic Children

    You’re nervous about your autistic child starting a new school year. You worry about whether they’ll thrive in the new environment, whether the teacher will be successful in building the connection your child so desperately needs to foster a conducive learning environment. Here’s a back-to-school prep checklist for autistic children.   Talk up the positives […]

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  • Back to School with Autism

    Back to School with Autism: Three Tips to Prepare

    The start of a new school year is stressful for families of children with autism. Changes to the environment can be especially disturbing for some autistic kids, and parents are wracked with nerves and guilt over how well they’ll adapt to the new situation, new teachers, and new classmates. There are some things you can […]

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