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Managing a household requires more thought and planning when you have a child with autism. This section explores those additional needs with information related to safety, holidays, family relationships, budget and estate planning.


When your child is receives an autism diagnosis, it can feel overwhelming and confusing. As you begin your journey, be patient with yourself. You don't have to know or do everything today. Take things one step at a time, knowing that, little by little, a little becomes a lot.


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Download this free interactive PDF Checklist with links to information that will help you:

  • Access services and supports that can improve your child's outcome and quality of life
  • Learn how to better advocate for your child
  • Connect you to a positive community of families, like yours, for support

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Child Newly Diagnosed with Autism

When your child is newly diagnosed with autism, it can feel overwhelming and confusing. To help you navigate the first…

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I Think My Child May Have Autism: How to Get a Diagnosis

If you think your child has autism or your child is showing signs or symptoms of autism, it is important to…

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Diagnostic Criteria for ASD

Only a well-qualified, trained medical professional can issue an autism diagnosis. When determining whether or not a person has autism,…

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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…

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Special Education: IEP Tips

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the foundation of your child’s education. Many parents feel overwhelmed and anxious about these…

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The goals on your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) lay the framework for their education, but what makes a good…

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Therapeutic Interventions for Autism

Therapeutic interventions can help your child learn and develop skills that lead to independence. The most common therapeutic interventions for autism…

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How to Document Your Child’s Progress

Your child works hard every day at school, therapy, and home. However, progress can be hard to see on a…

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Sensory Processing Disorder in Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and communication. A significant…

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An Introduction to Medical Interventions for Autism

Medical interventions for autism can greatly improve your child’s outcome and quality of life. In this article, we will discuss: Why…

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Underlying Medical Issues in Autism

Behavior is communication. Sometimes our kids with autism are communicating their medical issues to us through their behavior. Figuring out…

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Finding a Doctor

Finding a qualified and experienced doctor, though challenging, can make all the difference in your child’s health and future. Therefore,…

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Lab Testing for Common Co-occurring Medical Issues in Autism

Lab testing is important because it helps doctors identify underlying medical issues as well as determine the best course for…

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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”…

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Top Reasons to Implement a GFCF Diet

Why does my child need a Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet? There are several reasons why parents should consider a gluten-free, casein-free…

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Home Life

Keeping Your Kids with ASD Safe

Safety is a top priority to all parents. Having autism brings unique challenges to keeping our children safe and protected….

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Risk Reduction Strategies for Physical and Sexual Abuse

Sadly, individuals with autism are more vulnerable to abuse due to challenges in communication, poor social awareness, and being viewed…

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Water Safety

Teaching your child with autism how to swim AND helping them develop water safety skills from a young age is critical…

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Autism and Bullying

Most parents worry about their child being bullied. While statistics vary across research studies, people with autism are undoubtedly victims of…

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Sleep Issues in ASD

Studies show that 53% percent of children with autism have at least one frequent sleep problem. Unfortunately, typical treatments are often short-lived…

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Hope and Autism Parenting

As families coping with an autism diagnosis, our journey is fueled by education, support, and hope. Often as parents, we…

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Strategies for a Calmer Home

There are numerous strategies that autism parents can incorporate into their home life that will make life easier and calmer….

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Common Acronyms Used in Autism

Navigating autism can be filled with unknown acronyms. The following is a collection of some common acronyms and abbreviations used…

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Autism Treatment on a Budget

We understand that treating autism is extremely expensive. In this article, we will cover budget-friendly tips to treat autism.  This…

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