What is Auditory (Sensory) Processing Disorder?

By Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB of AutismParentingMagazine.com (article republished with permission)

When kids on the spectrum struggle with listening, especially the processing and comprehension of sound, parents may wonder if it’s a characteristic of autism or an issue with auditory processing. Auditory processing disorder is a complicated condition courting controversy like most other sensory processing disorders.

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A Guide to Having A Safe And Successful Road Trip As An Autistic Driver

By Jeremy Farrell of AutismDriving.com (article republished with permission)

Road trips are a fairly common feature of American life. Some people love them, and some people hate them, but we all have those long drives where it takes several hours to arrive at a location. While people can certainly drive for several hours, and many even enjoy it (autistic individuals included), it can often be full of stress and surprises. This is especially true because people’s moods typically change over the course of a day. As an autistic individual myself, I know how fast a road trip can go from being great to feeling like it is a heavy burden to continue. It is a natural process of how human bodies operate every day. And whether we like it or not, our mood impacts our driving in various ways. Road trips can be a good time, or even just a means to end for an autistic individual, but it doesn’t have to be something to fear! In this blog post, I am going to dive into how to have a safe and successful road trip as an autistic individual! Though I feel this advice could likely help many people outside of the autistic community.
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How Parents Can Navigate The Driving Journey With Their Autistic Teen

By Andrew Arboe of AutismDriving.com (article republished with permission)

Driving is often one of the most important milestones an individual achieves in a lifetime. It can symbolize many things: freedom, responsibility, independence, and opportunity.  While many parents expect their teens to start driving when they are 16 or 17, it can be complicated under the context of autism. During many workshops I have delivered on this topic, I’ve seen firsthand how many parents are unsure of how to help their autistic teen get their license.  After all, very few school districts help with driving and finding resources is always a struggle. I imagine you have your own similar stories and are looking for advice.  If your teen wants to drive, how can you motivate them to learn, and how can you find resources that will prepare them for an independent life on the road? Here are six helpful tips that you, the parent, can do to make driving easier for your autistic teen. A lot of this material can apply to young adult drivers as well. Continue Reading →

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How to Help Your Child with Autism Transition to Adulthood?

By Lisa Lane and Susan Sachs (article republished with permission)

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question is first posed to youngsters before they even reach first grade and continues in some form for years to come. Those words can make parents of children with autism cringe. We are not sure what lies ahead for our children in the years to come. In fact, we are often unsure of the status of next week. Our focus is simply to get through the day. But, too often, thoughts of the future wake us up in the middle of the night. What is stimming? Continue Reading →

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Autism Stimming and Hand Flapping: What are the Key Causes and Behaviors?

By Kim Barloso, AB (article republished with permission)

If you’re an autism parent, it is likely you’ve seen your child present repetitive stimming (self-stimulatory) behaviors such as hand flapping, spinning, and shaking. These behaviors can be worrying if they’re not fully understood.

In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about stimming in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and how to manage stimming behaviors. Continue Reading →

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5 Things That Helped Me When I Was Bullied As An Autistic Child

Guest Blog from Dr. Kerry Magro

When I speak in schools either as part of a school assembly or professional development, I often talk about how bullying is one of the biggest epidemics we currently have in the school systems today. Growing up with autism, I was bullied for my differences. It wouldn’t be until middle school it started to slow down for me when I went to a private school for students with learning disabilities. Now as an adult I’m an anti-bullying activist to hopefully help stop others from being bullied like I was as a kid. Continue Reading →

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Temperature Checks May Become the New Normal for Park Entry

According to recent article from FunWorld taking guest temperature could become a normal part of operations after COVID-19.

As some parks and attractions in Asia are reopening in the wake of coronavirus pandemic they have implemented guests’ temperature screening policy before allowing entry. Since fever is one of the telling symptoms of the disease, the process can help flag individuals who might have the illness. By refusing entry to those who have high temperatures, parks and attractions can potentially help prevent the spread of the disease and in-turn reassure visitors that their locations are safe. Continue Reading →

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