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A parent asks:  Our son is four and has autism. He taught himself computer skills, including how to use the internet. He is also a little escape artist and can get into or out of any locked door, cabinet, box, you name it, anywhere. We don’t think he’ll be safe or happy in a general [...]

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A parent asks: I have a four-year-old son with high-functioning autism. He has speech delay but is very bright and tests academically above his age. We live in a large city and are seeking all the help we can, including ABA. I have read your books about autism and your amazing journey. I’m glad to [...]

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Take the cut out of haircut for kids with autism

Published on January 23, 2014 by in News

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“Our toddler son fights like a badger during haircuts,” writes a dad. “Any suggestions?” Only a few dozen! Shakespeare wasn’t talking about a hair salon when he spoke of “the unkindest cut of all.” He likely never have had the hair-raising–literally–experience of taking a reluctant youngster with autism for a haircut. Many aspects of a [...]

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My kids did laundry, cleaning, yard work and meal prep, but they never did chores. As soon as they were able, they washed their own clothes and linens, shopped for groceries, cooked their breakfasts and packed their lunches, mowed the lawn, cleaned their rooms and bathroom, helped with KP, learned car and home maintenance, kept [...]

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A reporter asks, other than encouraging a child to to read, ask questions, be curious and creative, what else must parents do to raise a smarter child, to foster knowledge gathering? “Need simple steps. . .” The simplest step is to accept that there’s no simple step. In our global community of mind-bending cultural and [...]

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Yo, hawkers of autism stuff. Here’s an example of a sales pitch that came my way today,  illustrating how to ensure that I never buy your books or products: “If you have a child with autism, you know that life is NOT like a roller coaster ride. It’s more like hanging upside down on a [...]

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“Are we heaping too much on our daughter?”

Published on December 6, 2013 by in News

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This is the time of year when we seem to accumulate an excess of  campy promotional calendars for the coming year. I used to use them for recycle-bin target practice, until I created a way to put them to meaningful use that served me far beyond the end of the year. A parent asks: Our [...]

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My goal for my son has always been that he be as functional, happy, productive and independent as possible. That goal is ongoing, ever-expanding and never fully realized, which is why it must be immune to any label of finality anyone might attempt to attach to an undefinable outcome. It’s the same goal every parent [...]

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Sometimes it’s this simple: time to move on

Published on November 11, 2013 by in News

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A parent asks: Our daughter is eight and has had the same teacher for three years. This teacher has been very kind to our child, but recently asked us to come in and meet with her. We were shocked to hear her say that Kayla has all but regressed this year and that she (the [...]

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I will never forget how astonished—and delighted—I was to discover that thousands of plain old play activities are useful sensory integration experiences.  I think there’s a little place in all of us gr’ups that is still a little kid who loves that kind of play. One of the “funnest” things my kids loved to do [...]

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