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      Autism & Emotions

      Autism & Transitions

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Parent Strategies for Helping Children with Autism Cope with Transitions and Changing Routines

      Transitions from one activity to the next can be difficult for any child, especially if they are being asked to leave a preferred activity to instead do something they need to do. While some behaviors in response to transitions may look similar between neurotypical children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the reasons behind the behaviors can differ. When a child is navigating life with ASD, the world can be an unpredictable place, and a set routine can help them feel more in control, greatly easing anxiety and frustration. If that routine needs to change for any reason, it can feel like someone pulled a rug out from underneath them, and they may feel emotionally overwhelmed in response.

      Updated on 5/8/18 9:30 AM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 5/8/18 9:30 AM

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Parent Strategies to Help Children with Autism Cope with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

      In this article, we explore Sensory Processing Disorder (also called sensory integration or sensory sensitivity), and how these issues can be alleviated and treated, and strategies parents and caregivers can use at home and school to help ease day to day life.  Stages Learning Materials provides a comprehensive collection of products that alleviate sensory challenges.

      Updated on 5/5/18 3:55 PM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 5/5/18 3:55 PM

      Autism & Transitions

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      How to Prepare For Your IEP Meeting - For Parents of Children with Autism

      Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are defined as written plans outlining a program designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Walking into an IEP meeting prepared will help you and the school design the best plan for your child. Children with autism have distinctive needs, and in your role as an advocate for your child you can help school personnel understand what accommodations will be most successful in supporting your child’s strengths and weaknesses. 

      Updated on 3/15/18 7:27 PM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 3/15/18 7:27 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Music Therapy for Children with Autism

      Choosing the Best Program for Your Child

      Benefits Overview

      Music has been an enriching and meaningful way for people to engage with each other throughout time, and music can provide powerful, multi-sensory experiences for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is especially helpful for children still developing verbal skills, as it provides an entirely different way for children to express themselves. It can provide opportunities for children to relate to others, experience new forms of relaxation to ease tension and anxiety, and promote self-expression. Whether through music education programs or specialized music therapy, engaging in singing or playing a musical instrument can help children explore an entirely new side of themselves and the world around them.

      Updated on 2/19/18 8:00 AM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 2/19/18 8:00 AM

      Autism and Language

      Current News and Research

      Five Research-Based Strengths Associated with Autism

      Genius, Attention to Detail, Problem Solving, Memory, and Visual Skills

      All children, whether or not they are neurotypical, have unique sets of strengths and weaknesses. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often also have some unique challenges to overcome in building routines and relationships that are functional and fulfilling. While much of current research and therapeutic intervention focuses on addressing those challenges, more and more research is showing that people living with ASD may also benefit from unique strengths previously unnoticed by the general population. 

      Updated on 2/13/18 7:00 AM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 2/13/18 7:00 AM

      Autism & Transitions

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Autism and Physical Spaces

      How to Choose a Summer Camp for Your Child with Autism

      Summer camp can be a positive and enriching experience for children on the autism spectrum, providing an alternative to the rigorous school year routine and opportunities for peer interactions. However, finding the right fit for your child can be intimidating and does require research and planning - here are some steps to help get you started.

      Updated on 1/15/18 5:59 PM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 1/15/18 5:59 PM

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