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My family has spent the last several years living outside our home state of Indiana. Moving was a huge adjustment for all us- particularly my oldest Autistic son. I spent the first few years we were away fighting for proper education and doctors for him in Washington State. The wait lists are ridiculous in the clinics across the United States. Not to mention the irritation that comes in when you have to involve different health insurance companies!
A walk in nature can be just what your autistic child needs. Not only will it give you a way to engage but it will also give your child the sensory input they crave.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the Breakthrough Therapy status for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche's drug Balovaptan in January 2018.
When you are faced with having no assurances as to if your child will progress or regress, sometimes parents get desperate. Whether it is Autism or some other diagnosis; as parents we just want to make our children’s plights easier for them. The way some parents go about this can sometimes swing towards the extreme.
Sesame Place is a Sesame Street Themed park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. They will kick off their 38th season on April 28th as the first theme park in the world to be designated as a Certified Autism Center.
In an effort to advance it seems science sometimes looks to areas that make the general public choleric. If you’re an individual with abhorrence for “thinking outside the box” then I can assure you the direction researchers are leaning, in regard to CBD as an Autism treatment, is really going to agitate you. Science is science though, not everybody is always going to agree with the findings but that doesn’t make them any less relevant.
Unquestionably one of the most debated cause topics surrounding Autism is maternal smoking. For years now, the credibility of the theory of maternal smoking and Autism has been questioned. There have been studies done for countless years on whether smoking while you are pregnant can cause Autism. The number one question needing answered is if there really is a tangible correlation between mothers who smoked during pregnancy and children who are diagnosed with Autism. The answer to this question seems to be held in studies linked out of the U.S. and Sweden.
Playing extracurricular sports is a great experience for any child, but what do you do when your child has Autism and wants to play a sport? You let them is what you do! You must prepare in many ways for it though. Both with your child, your child’s doctor and with the organization your child wants to play in; whether that be baseball, basketball, track, football, etc. Always make the adequate preparations before signing your child up.
The Autism population is rising. 1 in 68 is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Chances are, you will know someone with a child on the spectrum. Whether your friend's child is newly diagnosed or not they will need supportive and understanding friends.
There are plenty of questions as to what causes Autism. Whether those have genetic roots or environmental ones- one thing is for sure, we would all love an answer… a definitive one, or a few. At this point, I don’t think any of us would be too picky if we were offered several proven causes. It’s not that science isn’t looking for those causes, it’s just that it is a slow process that requires much more funding and research.
The likelihood of an Autistic individual encountering law enforcement is high. With a large number of autistic children entering adulthood, it will be higher. There have been numerous stories in the news about these encounters that have led to injury, trauma and even death. As a parent of a spectrum child, it's frustrating, heartbreaking and painful to hear.
Although your child’s safety is the most essential thing during a meltdown there are other elements that you must look for and be aware of; such as, comorbid disorders that may be triggering them and what you can do to combat against them. We’ve all had those moments when our child melts down and we are left with no earthly idea what caused it. We are left staring at the floor, at our child, trying to figure out what triggered this reaction from this little person that we love so much. Often the issue isn’t Autism alone. Often one of the issues is a comorbid disorder of Autism called Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD for short.
If you were to ask any parent of an Autistic child what they thought the truest introduction into the life of Autism is many would say the sometimes-brutal launch of a severe meltdown. Meltdowns are daunting, discouraging, arduous, and at times embarrassing.
We all have good days and bad days. Let's face it, as a parent raising a child with special needs, any kind of helpful advice is going to make our lives easier. I recall before the internet with all of its tips, groups, and forums I felt like I was the only one. I believe there are many who still feel this way. Rest assured, you are not alone on your journey.
List making has benefits. List making creates order, prioritize things, helps you to feel productive and even relieves stress while reading a story or doing something. But these are not the only reasons top 10 lists are so popular
Each of us parents of Autistic individuals have our own stories of how bullying has impacted our child’s life, or most of us do. As near 82% of special needs kids are bullied. Each story is unique and each as sad as the next. Whether it be stares, snickers, name calling, or actual physical violence, bullying affects each person in its own way. My son's story with bullying started in Kindergarten- before he was able to even understand what a bully was or even speak a word to us. His journey with bullies started from almost the moment he entered public school.
Meltdowns are unpredictable and are many times a complete mystery. Those who are non-verbal or low-verbal are not able to communicate their needs or frustrations and meltdowns happen as a result. What if there was a way to predict and prevent a meltdown from occurring? Does that seem far out of reach?
Special needs parents have diverse perspectives surrounding the Autism "cure debates" and around our beliefs of our children’s level of understanding of the said topic.
Increasingly each day the parents of autistic children are finding out they're also Aunts and Uncles to autistic nieces and nephews. The numbers are staggering. It has happened in my family multiple times. Each diagnosis I am told about is received with the same shock as I felt when I found out my son had been diagnosed. It never gets easier to accept; however, the diagnosis does get easier to explain. It suddenly becomes easier to relate to your relatives. The genetics of Autism, however, is a little bit more complicated than just simply saying it “runs in my family.”
When my daughter was younger I always thought she'd live with me forever if need be. I honestly had no clue of the journey that was ahead of us. As a parent raising a child on the Autism spectrum you hope that you're going to find the answers to each difficulty that may arise. This is the farthest thing from the truth. We all learn as we go - asking questions, researching information, and maybe feeling like we're drowning in all of the uncertainty.
As the warmer season approaches many families start planning a vacation. But what about autism families or families with special needs? What are some fun vacation places to take an autistic child?
The bullying of disabled children is a genuine crisis. “It wrecks disabled children’s lives and leads to social exclusion in childhood and adulthood.” While students with disabilities have the added protection of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which provides individualized education plans (IEPs.) They are also protected by FAPE (a free and appropriate education) in America. This still does not prevent bullying. It only gives added measures in which a district can go to defend the disabled child in the case of bullying.
Children and young adults on the autism spectrum all have an innate need for sensory stimulation. Some cannot handle any type of touch or noise, where others benefit from deep pressure and certain variations of loud music. Use of sensory toys, fidget objects, and other tools to allow sensory input are always helpful. But we can take it further.
All children meet milestones and accomplish goals at a differing rate. We know that there's a chart to marker developmental milestones to make sure each is on the 'right' track, as explained in detail here. As a mother of a child who has special needs and is on the autism spectrum, I have found myself fretting over these markers many times as the years passed.
Life is full of ups and downs. Marriage is a huge area for learning all about those ups and downs. It's already challenging, but now add children into the mix. Oh boy! Schedules become busier and life can get hectic real quick. Now add a diagnosis of Autism, or any other diagnosis, which includes special needs, and those everyday stressors have multiplied. They share the reality of special needs parenting.
Let me just flat out tell you from personal experience that the juggle is real! After learning of my daughter's diagnosis I had to work part-time for a while, then tried holding on to a full-time position, eventually losing jobs along the way. Not for any other reason but tardiness or attendance.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment is one of those treatments that is used for more conditions than just Autism. It’s also one of those treatments that any parent would question when they first heard about; likely, leading to a need to research it and the claims. Many parents swear by it, many scientists are for it and many against it. The whole concept is, none-the-less, interesting.
Do you feel exhausted by your daily routine with your Autistic child or teenager? Do you feel overwhelmed, like it is all too much sometimes? You are not alone. We have all been there. We've all had our moments where we want to scream and bury our heads. I, myself, am sleep-deprived, frustrated and running desperately low on hope at times. I can tell you first hand that Autism Fatigue is a real issue to many families. Being a caregiver of any kind is exceptionally hard on a person physically, mentally and emotionally. It can become a monotonous task of routine and scheduling. Being a caregiver can be enough to run anyone down if you don’t take time for yourself as well. Time for yourself! If you are like me, you have no idea what that phrase means… or didn’t used too.