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.
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.
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.
“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?
We all need holidays at least once a year. Traveling by plane is pretty exciting for many of us, but for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), air travel can be particularly stressful.
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.
Social skills refer to a child’s ability to communicate with others in a way that is acceptable and appropriate for social situations. When a child has social skills, he/she can form friendships and can carry a simple conversation.
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.