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Why does my child stim? And how do I approach it?

“Self-Stimulating Behaviors, more commonly known as ‘Stimming,’ are various repetitious actions that children and adults on the autism spectrum do. Stimming could look like: Pacing back and forth, hand-flapping, jumping, spinning, staring, lining up objects, making repetitious sounds, asking a question repeatedly, or, if your child is highly-verbal – talking intensely about a topic of…
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What to do When You Feel Overwhelmed

“Nobody said that autism parenting would be easy. Yet some of the strongest, and most persistent parents we have met at the Autism Treatment Center of America®, are those of children on the autism spectrum. Autism parenting takes work and dedication, and while it is possible to parent your child with an attitude of peace…
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Let’s inspire a love of looking at people!

“Because the more our children look at us, the more they learn from us… “Where our eyes go to, often indicates where our attention goes. The same is true for children on the autism spectrum! When children on the autism spectrum look at us, they are interested in us, and might be ready to engage…
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Believe that you can…Because you can!

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein“ “This morning, while my family and I were getting ready for the day, my younger daughter who is 6 years old, came into the kitchen and asked me to fix her hair…
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The Importance of Connecting Before Requesting

“Your child with autism experiences many different requests and demands daily. It happens in school, in therapies, with their peers, or at home with their family members. As a parent, it is understandable to make requests of your child. After all, you want to see your child become social and be able to relate to…
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Let our Children be our Teachers!!

“Our children with Autism explore the world around them, with great curiosity…showing NO JUDGMENTS to any situation or person… “Can WE embrace OUR CHILDREN with this same degree or curiosity and acceptance?” Camila Titone, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher

Three Fun Holiday Activities to Play with Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

“Pin the nose on the snowman! 1. “Print off an image of a cartoon snowman and an image of a carrot from the internet. 2. “Cut the carrot out with scissors, and put some tape on the back. The carrot will act as the snowman’s nose. 3. “Tape the snowman to the wall of the…
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Use Your Precious Time and Energy in a Way That Supports You

“How much time do you spend on the aspects of your life that you enjoy/feel good about, compared to the times spent with aspects that you don’t enjoy or even resent? “Your time, energy, and efforts are highly precious, especially when raising a child on the autism spectrum. Your days are already primarily devoted to…
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Here are some fun ideas to do with your children while celebrating the end of the year and the Holidays!

“Using 12 blank pieces of paper or individual cards, write down the fun activities below on each card: “Write Holiday Cards for your neighbors or stuffed animals. “Learn how to sing a new Holiday song. “Go on a nature walk and pick different fun things (twigs, pine cones, acorns, rocks, seeds, etc) – then make…
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When you love someone with Autism

“When you love someone with Autism… you learn that you don’t need as much to fulfill your life anymore. That there are things more important than worrying about the judgments of others. You can fill yourself with love for someone without needing anything back. “You realize that acceptance starts with you and how complete you…
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