Minecraft for Children with Autism

If you have a school-aged child, it’s highly likely that you’ve already heard of Minecraft, an interactive, online game that allows players to build and create textured cubes in a 3D, virtual world. Other activities include exploring, gathering, crafting and combat. To date, there are over 11 million players worldwide, with those numbers rapidly increasing [...]

Respite Care Vital to Autism Families

During Autism Awareness Month and the other eleven months of the year, I am aware of the toll that autism takes on families.  A key to alleviating this stress is respite care.  The value of respite care is now being substantiated by researchers from Brigham Young University and Wasatch Mental Health who have conducted a [...]

Holiday Message to Autism Parents

For those of you who followed my articles in the past, you will know I’ve been out of the autism loop for a while, consumed by the affairs of my immediate family of sixteen-year-old twin sons with high functioning autism.  Having seen them to their junior year of high school, I can tell all of [...]

Teen with Autism Uses YouTube to Display Unique Skills

First there was Jason McElwain. Now, another young man with autism has taken to YouTube to show off some unique basketball skills.   In a recently uploaded 48-second video, 17-year-old Karl Garay can be seen spinning a basketball from the palm of his hand and then keeping it going using the same hand.  Garay’s father, who [...]

Autism Symptoms Checklist: What You Need to Know

April is Autism Awareness Month, so we thought it would be a good idea to repost our autism symptoms checklist below. Some of this information may already be well known to many, but it wasn’t for us when our son was younger. He received a delayed diagnosis, mainly due to our ignorance about autism at [...]

Dan Marino Foundation Starting College for Special Needs Students

The Dan Marino Foundation, a fixture in South Florida since 1992, has recently announced plans to start a college for those with autism and other special needs. According to a Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel article published last month, the school will be the first-of-its-kind in Florida and assist those with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy [...]

Autism, Siblings and the R-Word Effect

When we, the siblings of someone with special needs, hear the word “retarded” or “retard,” even in the most seemingly-casual context, it strikes us hard. When we hear it, we hear it as an echo of all the times our brothers and sisters were not welcomed. It’s an echo of every rejection, overt or covert, [...]

Luggage Forwarding Services Help Autism Families

As the holiday travel season comes to a close, many parents of children with autism are relieved that it’s over. As we’ve documented in the past, traveling with a child with autism can be a major challenge, with airports and airplanes providing a multitude of sensory challenges for those with special needs. Adding to these [...]

Cub Scouts Beneficial for Children with Autism

A challenge for many parents of children with autism is finding age-appropriate activities that help improve their social skills and interaction with others. For some, the Cub Scouts (part of The Boys Scouts of America) can provide a great way for children to improve in these and other areas, all while having fun in the [...]

Back to School Preparation for Children with Autism

July is drawing to a close and for parents of children with autism, it’s a good time to start preparing for a child’s return to school. The more time a child has to adjust to impending changes in his or her routine, the better. Naturally, re-establishing bedtime and waking hours are of the utmost importance [...]

 
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