Helping Children with ASD Adjust to the Major Fires

By Sandy Shaw, PhD Applied Interventions & Methodologies Dear Parents: This is a stressful time for all of us, includes our children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with the fires raging across Southern California.  No matter if children with ASD understand or are aware of what is happening around us, they sense that the adults […]

Teens with ASD: College

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Prepping your teens for college Yes, college is a real possibility for many with ASD. My daughter is a senior in high school this year and we’ve just begun the hunt for schools and scholarships. First word of advice? Start when your […]

Teens with ASD: Siblings

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi The only thing everyone has ever agreed on when your child was diagnosed was that “Early intervention is crucial.” Yes, it certainly is, and the learning curve for autism is hugely steep, confusing and time-sensitive. So when you were so immersed in […]

Teens with ASD: Driving

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Most teenagers know driving a car is a rite of passage and are anxious to get their license. Unfortunately, not all kids with autism or Asperger’s are going to be able to operate a car safely. It can be difficult to explain […]

Teens with ASD: Transition IEPs

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi What does “transition services” mean? The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that: Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the […]

Teens with ASD: Medical Treatment with an Older Child

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Medical Interventions are not just for the very young. The beautiful thing about medical intervention is that there is no “window” during which medical treatments will only work, but rather we’ve seen many families start medical treatments with teens and adults with […]

Teens with ASD: Puberty – What to Expect, Seizures, Anxiety, Sexuality

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Puberty Sexuality Seizures Anxiety For Girls Only Suggested Reading   Puberty: The Great Equalizer I have always called puberty the “great equalizer” because I have seen so many kids drastically change, good or bad, during puberty. Some children, with no changes in […]

Teens with ASD: Social Skills

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Social skills are increasingly important with age. What is acceptable behavior from a 4-year-old, is no longer acceptable from a 14-year-old. Start establishing appropriate behavior and habits earlier, rather than later, to avoid issues as your child gets older. For example, letting […]

Try, Before You Apply

These are Top-Ten Services requested from the TACA Scholarship Program and the alternate funding sources to pay for them. Lab Tests MB12 Injections Office Visits Supplements HBOT ABA, OT, Speech or Other Ongoing Therapies Lab Tests Most Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctors order test panels that are easy for them to read, […]