I often picture the famous Peanuts comic strip adult speech when I'm trying to communicate with my son. I know what I'm talking about, but all he seems to hear is WAH, wah, WAH . . . He's now a teen, and over the years we as parents have ripped our hair out trying to find the best ways to communicate with him. He's bright and, overall, talks just fine. But communication is a two-way deal; the ... Read More about How to Communicate with Children with Autism
It can be intimidating for parents of children with autism to address school teachers and leaders in IEP meetings. Over the years, my husband and I have attended many IEP meetings together. We've found that mutual success occurs when good negotiation skills are learned and practiced. We hope you'll find the following tips helpful as you customize them to suit your own ... Read More about 10 Tips to Negotiate a Successful IEP for Kids with Autism
It's the beginning of the school year, and likely you and your child have survived the first week. For many kids with autism, the first few days are overwhelming and full of fear, meltdowns, and a variety of other behaviors. With my son, who's now in eigth grade, the transition was better this year, even though he's attending yet another new school. But his first day was still full of anxiety, and ... Read More about 8 Tips to Relieve Back-to-School Anxiety for Kids with Autism
Today we have a guest blogger. Please welcome Camille Swenson, a good friend of mine and a mother to a son on the spectrum. I asked her to share her experience with a new pilot program designed to help parents with ASD children. Last January, I received a call from a neurodevelopmental specialist, Dr. Elena Harlan. She said they were looking for highly involved parents to participate in a class ... Read More about ADEPT: A Resource for Parents of Kids with Autism
Should I refer to my child as having high-functioning aspergers or high-functioning autism? Years ago, my initial response to this question was, "Does it really matter?" Today, I still don't think the specifics matter much because the needed treatments and coping skills are largely the same for both. In a nutshell, autism has a language delay, while aspergers supposedly does not. Even then, it's a ... Read More about Is it Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism?