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Coping & Engaging During the Holidays: Tips to Include Your Child with Special Needs in the Holiday Festivities
November 15th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 14 HolidayThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, 4th Wall Theatre Company. It is re-posted here with permission. The holiday season is upon us and it seems that no matter what holiday you and your family celebrate or how you celebrate it, one common factor prevails from family to family: the holidays bring crowds. Even...

His Helicopter
November 8th, 2017

FamilyThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, The AWEnesty of Autism. It is re-posted here with permission. My kids tell me that I worry “too much”. My husband knows that I worry “too much” and my friends tell me not to worry “too much”. I’m also pretty sure my son’s teachers, guidance counselors and doctors...

How to Prepare Your Child for the First Time MAPS Pediatrician Visits?
November 1st, 2017

familymotherchildkidmomdadfamilylifelovehappysmilekidchildtoddlerbabyfeaturedimageIt has never been easy for parents to visit the doctors for their children with autism spectrum disorder or ASD, rather it has been a scary thing for the children. After all, they are going to experience something for the first time. When a child is going to meet the pediatrician for the first time,...

Why I Relate to Sheldon From ‘Big Bang Theory’ as an Autistic Adult
October 25th, 2017

puzzlegamecolorstoykidschildrenplayfeaturedimageWhen “The Big Bang Theory” first broke onto the scene, people who learned that I’m autistic would ask, What do you think about Sheldon? Honestly, I became so annoyed by the idea of a comic portrayal of a supposed autistic person that I wouldn’t watch the show, not even to find out whether Sheldon was like me...

6 Reasons to Cheer from the Autism Society Conference!
October 18th, 2017

manwomanboygirlindividualpersonpersonalgrowthlearnexplorehappyconfidentfeaturedimageThe Autism Society Conference is a safe place to be around people who genuinely want the best outcomes for autistic individuals at every stage of their lives. The people who organize it do a great job at being inclusive — all voices are welcome and everyone has an opportunity to be heard. More autistic voices...

How My Autistic Children Helped Me Accept My Own Autism
October 11th, 2017

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageI was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 52. I had worked it out well before then! The realization came when my oldest child was diagnosed at age 11. I have a clear memory of being in the car with him as he had the routine post-school meltdown. “I’m a freak,” he cried and...

13 Things I Want My Son’s School to Know Because of His Autism
October 4th, 2017

schoolkidschildstudentlearnfeaturedimageIf you are a parent of a child with autism or a disability, you know the tug-of-war between the school and the parent is real and can be stressful. The IEP meeting every year is something many of us dread. You might attend seminars, ask for ideas in autism groups online, read various tips and tricks, try...

Examining Why Autism Is Under-Diagnosed in the Hispanic Community
September 27th, 2017

questionquestionmarkunsurelifeconfusedmaybesadfeaturedimageThe quickest growing population in the United States has the lowest autism diagnosis rates, according to several studies, and the big question on everyone’s mind is: Why? Well, according to pediatricians across the country, the primary reason for low diagnosis rates in Hispanics is due to the confusion of the questions on the screening questionnaire. The solution presented to this is a...

Integrated Classrooms Benefit Both Kids With Autism And Their Peers
September 20th, 2017

children + featured imageThis piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post and is re-posted here with permission. My oldest son came home one day with an excellent idea. Little did we know how it would shape all our lives to come. In Grade 4, Liam handed me an application to attend Montreal’s Mackay Centre Schoolwhere he, as a typically...

The Sleep Cycle
September 13th, 2017

babyhappysmileinfanttoddlerkidchildchildrenfamilymomdadmotherfatherlifelivinghomefeaturedimageAh, Summer! Typically known by many as a “break” from the rigor and routine of the school year. Whether or not you have school-age children in your home, our lives still revolve loosely around this schedule. Ever try planning a work meeting in August? AAAHHHHH, Summer!!!! For parents of those who happen to have Autism...

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Coles supermarkets launch ‘Quiet hour’ for shoppers with autism
November 23rd, 2017

technologyelectronicsheadphoneslistentelevisionradionyellowhearsenseshearingfeaturedimageColes has rolled out “Quiet Hour” in 68 supermarket stores today to make the shopping experience a little easier.

JP Morgan recruiting people with autism
November 22nd, 2017

wallstreetstreetsignlabelcitylifebuildingbusycareerjobmoneysaveworkfeaturedimageGlobal banking institution, JP Morgan is looking to hire hundreds of people in the autism community for what they call “an untapped pool of talent.”

Stanford receives NIH grant for resaerch
November 21st, 2017

moneyjobcareersalarypaidbillscoinsworkpaybillsfeaturedimageA team at Stanford University has received an NIH grant to further research autism in children in America.

Young people with autism find work and build skills
November 20th, 2017

womangirljobcareermoneyworkbakeryfoodtreathealthnutritioncompanycreativetransitionfeaturedimageLuv Michael, a healthy snack business makes it their mission to provide meaningful employment for those with autism.

How to get children with autism to sleep
November 17th, 2017

featured image dorm bedroom door roommate collegeDiscover new methods on how to get your child with autism to adapt to a regular sleeping pattern.

Teen on the spectrum creates video game about autism
November 16th, 2017

videogamesplayteenagerteenboymangamesviolencebadnegativeeffectsfeaturedimageA teen with autism creates a video game about life with autism. Read about how and why he created, “An Aspie Life.”

Teen with autism wins a half marathon
November 15th, 2017

kidchildsportsathletesafetybaseballrunningfeaturedimageTeen that started running almost a year ago has won a half marathon. He is preparing himself to win a full marathon.

First school for students with autism opens in Texas
November 14th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 16 School The Texas Autism Academy “tailors educational and behavioral plans for students on all levels of the autism spectrum. The school is located in The Woodlands and is open to students from across the nation.”

University of Iowa researching autism in gender
November 13th, 2017

children + featured imageA team at the University of Iowa, led by Dr. Ted Abel are actively researching autism, and if and why its effects a certain gender more than another.

Superhero with autism debuted at Comic-Con
November 10th, 2017

gametoyplaychildkidoutsideoutdooroutsidefeaturedimageLook out, Spider-Man! There is a new superhero on the scene, and he is an inspiration for people with autism!