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Walking the Parenting Tightrope of ASD

Walking the Parenting Tightrope of ASD

One of the biggest challenges we face as parents of children on the autism spectrum is to adjust our expectations and beliefs about our child’s abilities and their future without giving up hope for the best. Of course, as parents, we all hope for the best for our...

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Appreciation Makes Life With ASD Easier

Appreciation Makes Life With ASD Easier

As a parent, finding our way to appreciation of the autism of our child is a tricky path to walk. We hold out hope that things will be better once… (fill in the blank). The blank gets filled in with whatever current challenge we are overcoming, such as “…once he gets...

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Surviving Their Suffering at Any Age

Surviving Their Suffering at Any Age

Being a parent of a child on the autism spectrum is a very painful and emotional experience for most of us, regardless of the age of our loved one. Sometimes when the anxiety or difficulty with the world overtakes our loved ones on the spectrum, we see behaviors that...

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Limitations Redefined

Limitations Redefined

No matter how much the oak wants to be a maple tree, or how hard it believes, or how much therapy you give it, it is an oak tree, and as an oak tree, by its nature, it makes acorns. Asking it struggle to be a maple tree for its survival, is unfair. The maple tree...

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Why Does Autism Appreciation Really Matter?

Why Does Autism Appreciation Really Matter?

I found this image when I was looking at stock photos under the category of Autism Awareness. It was mentioned that these are ideal for t-shirt graphics. A t-shirt is a really nice way to express support … But … There is a really important reason to do more than be...

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What are the Signs of Autism?

What are the Signs of Autism?

Many parents recognize the signs of autism long before they know what they mean or receive a diagnosis. There are several definitive patterns of behavior that might indicate the presence of autism: Sensory Hypersensitivity (could be sensitive on any or all sensory...

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What Causes Autism?

What Causes Autism?

There are no definitive answers to that question. What we do know, however, is that the brain of an individual with autism develops differently and processes the world differently. That different processing style leads to a very specific world view, patterns of...

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ASD

ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is the diagnostic term for what is also called autism. ASD is considered a developmental disability and can cause communication, behavioral, and social difficulties in a wide range of severity from very mild to so extreme that the...

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What is Autism? Limitations Redefined

What is Autism? Limitations Redefined

What is autism? At first glance, so many people see autism as a limitation. They mistakenly believe that it is a “disease” that needs to be cured. Autism is not a disease. Nor is it a condition where the individual is broken, sick, wrong or bad. Autism is a difference...

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Why Create A Well-Defined Plan in 2021?

Why Create A Well-Defined Plan in 2021?

Why create a well-defined plan in 2021? We’re already 6 weeks into the new year! All of us have had our hopes up that with start of 2021, life was going to get better. We are anticipating less sickness, more health. Less restrictions, more freedom. Less fear, more...

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I Have Autism

I Have Autism

The I Have Autism BookmarkThis bookmark was created to help the reader recognize the many ways that an individual with ASD is impacted by their autism. Each phrase on the bookmark is written from the perspective of the individual on the spectrum, and serves as a...

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Different Doesn’t Equal Bad

Different Doesn’t Equal Bad

This year, during the COVID pandemic, Christmas has looked different for many of us. Lots of people reacted very negatively. They were horrified to give up ages-old family traditions, angry to be restricted in their shopping or holiday activities, and resentful about...

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The Hardest Part of Navigating Life with An ASD Child

The Hardest Part of Navigating Life with An ASD Child

No, managing an inquisitive, often very bright, and seemingly out of control toddler or child is not the most difficult challenge parents of kids with ASD face. When my kids were very young, I thought it was the hardest thing ever. I could follow my two boys through...

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How do we find a therapist who “GET’S IT?”

How do we find a therapist who “GET’S IT?”

When a parent of a child on the spectrum goes looking for a therapist, it can feel like an uphill battle with no hope in sight. That’s because being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum is really hard! Nobody “get’s it!” Finding the Right Help There are so...

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The Cumulative Effect of ASD Aggravation and Gaslighting

The Cumulative Effect of ASD Aggravation and Gaslighting

In the name of being easy-going, it is so compelling to want to dismiss small scrapes that come up while living with an adult with high functioning autism. After all, it’s not the individual incident that is so egregious, horrible or disruptive. However, the...

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It’s Time for a New Dialogue About Autism

It’s Time for a New Dialogue About Autism

Up until now, our dialogue about autism has been very one dimensional. As the days of hyper-focus on autism’s cause and cure seem to be fading into the sunset, our attention has shifted to focusing on methods to “treat” autism. That is, the focus is on how to do...

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Chronic Loneliness Syndrome

Chronic Loneliness Syndrome

It hit me like a ton of bricks! Of course! Autism and chronic loneliness go hand in hand, whether you are the individual with ASD or someone in their family! That means that the loneliness I experience as a parent of 2 kids with ASD is a perfectly sensible response....

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