Puberty

Puberty can be daunting for any teen. Physical changes, rapidly changing hormones, new routines for hygiene, and mood swings place added stress onto our teens with autism. Developmental delays only compound the hardship parents face when helping their child navigate adolescence. It is important to start preparing yourself and your child for these changes prior […]

Anxiety in Autism

Anxiety is very common in autism.  A meta-analysis showed that almost 40% of kids with autism have at least one comorbid anxiety disorder.  This article will discuss symptoms, calming strategies, medical and non-medical reasons for anxiety, and supplements and medications that can help alleviate it.  We hope you find it helpful. Symptoms of Anxiety Anxiety […]

I Think My Child May Have Autism

If you think your child has autism or your child is showing signs or symptoms of autism, it is important to have them screened.  The sooner your child receives a diagnosis, the sooner they can begin needed services which can improve their outcome and quality of life. This article will give you information about the […]

Cerebral Folate Deficiency in Autism

Folate (vitamin B9) is very important to brain development. Current research is revealing that many kids with autism have low folate in their brains. This condition, called Cerebral Folate Deficiency, is treatable. Why is Folate Important? Folate supports the metabolism of purines and pyrimidines, which are the building blocks of RNA and DNA, and they […]

Picky Eating and Autism

Kids with autism can be extremely selective when it comes to eating.  An estimated 46–89% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have feeding problems.  ASD children struggle with sensory defensiveness, a need for routine and sameness, and visual overstimulation, which makes expanding the palate difficult.  However, there is often more to this equation that […]

Engaging With Your Child at Home

Parents often struggle with how to engage their child at home and may feel guilt that they are not doing enough. Here are some ideas for you to try. Creating a home that your child can feel relaxed, safe, and loved sets your child up to thrive. Explore Therapeutic Play Options Floortime and Relationship Development […]

What To Do During Summer Months

Many parents worry about their child regressing during the summer break from school. There are multiple ways to keep your child progressing, even in the less structured summer months. Decrease Therapy Time Some families choose to reduce appointments during summer break. There are still plenty of activities to keep your child engaged! Teach your child […]

Going Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, Soy-Free (GFCFSF) in 10 Weeks

Planning on implementing a gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free (GFCFSF) diet for your child?  Then you’ve come to the right place! Download this FREE guide for a simple, easy-to-follow plan to help you successfully transition to the GFCFSF diet in 10 weeks.  Our guide, Going GFCFSF in 10 Weeks,  provides information about: How to remove gluten, casein, […]

Engaging With Your Child at Home

Parents often struggle with how to help their child at home and may feel guilt that they are not doing enough. Below are some ideas for engaging with your child at home for you to try. Creating a home that your child can feel relaxed, safe, and loved sets your child up to thrive. Explore […]

Homeschooling Your Child with Autism

More parents of children with autism are opting to homeschool for a variety of reasons. In this article, you will information about homeschooling your child with autism, including: pros and cons to homeschooling, curriculum options, how to ensure your child has access to social opportunities, and sample schedules. Requirements for Homeschooling State law regulates homeschooling, […]

Inclusion

Inclusion is a philosophy based on the belief that ALL students belong to their school community. Inclusion gives all students–regardless of label–access to equal opportunities for meaningful participation. To clarify, access to meaningful participation is not limited to social interactions; it includes various curriculum options too. Furthermore, inclusion encompasses all areas of the school. It isn’t something […]

Special Education Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Due Process

There are times when parents may not be able to come to an agreement about what is needed for their child’s IEP with the school district. Because of this, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides the following options for special education conflict resolution: Mediation, Due Process, and Civil Action. Before we begin discussing […]

Introduction to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, Soy-Free Diet

The gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free (GFCFSF) diet removes all sources of gluten, casein, and soy from the diet. The word “diet” is really a misnomer because this is a lifestyle change. It is a way of seeing food as nourishment for the body and brain. Once you see what gluten, casein, and soy can do to some people’s bodies, you will begin to understand why this diet is important.

Constipation and Diarrhea in Autism (AKA The “Poop” Page)

Autism and gastrointestinal problems go hand-in-hand for many kids. This meta-analysis of several studies published in the Journal of Pediatrics estimates that “the odds of GI symptoms in children with ASD are four times more prevalent than for children without ASD.” The analysis indicated higher levels of GI symptoms in all four areas including general GI concerns, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.

The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know

In this article, Timothy A. Adams, Esq. discusses what parents need to know about the fundamentals of special education so they can better advocate for their children throughout the IEP process. Federal law defines special education as specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, designed to meet the unique needs of a child […]