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Using Television as a Teaching Tool

One of the first guilt trips given to parents of newly diagnosed autistic children is the "too much television" bullet. Let’s get the timeline correct. Your child had autism before he started watching TV and it is no more responsible then vaccines, which just dropped out of first place. Kids like to watch television. Use [...]

Internet Safety and Your Child With Autism

Parents are inundated with the warnings about the perils of cyberspace and the necessity of protecting their children, a task made more daunting if that child is a guileless autistic.  When my fourteen-year-old son gushed that he had met a boy on a forum that was interested in all the same things he was, right [...]

Mary Poppins and a Mother’s Welcome Guide to Autism

The “Mary Poppins” approach of teaching through play, while being highly animated and visual  is the KEY to curing a child’s autism. “Cure” in the sense that a functional, happy life, complete with a driver’s license, complex relationships, a career and a family of their own is possible. Will they always be quirky? I do [...]

When a Child with Autism is Unwelcome at Church

Here is an audio excerpt from a recent broadcast of Wretched Radio, where host Todd Friel describes an unfortunate situation involving a woman who’s son was turned away from several churches because of his autism.  In the clip, Friel laments at how the woman and her child are treated by places where people expect to [...]

Consequences of Autism Denial Can Be Far Reaching

One of the most harmful things a parent can do when they suspect their child has autism or any other developmental disability is to ignore the problem. Studies and supporting evidence have consistently shown that early intervention is a critical factor in a child’s ability to mainstream themselves into schools and society later in life.  [...]

Dan Marino Looks to Sack Autism

It’s always beneficial when a well-known public figure can use their celebrity status to raise awareness and funding for autism.  But when that celebrity also has a child with autism, there is a “credibility” factor and an instant connection is made with the autism community. As a result, great things are typically accomplished. Such is [...]

Choosing the Right School for a High Functioning Child with Autism

With the turn of a new year, many parents are already looking into enrollment options for the fall of 2011, and one of the most common questions parents of children with autism will ask during this process is: “What school is best for my child?” The answer is not an easy one. Each child is [...]

Autism and Seizures: Are They Connected?

There has always been a strong association between autism and seizures.  In fact, it is estimated that 25% of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder will suffer at least one seizure before the onset of puberty.  Additionally, according to the medical article entitled “Autism and epilepsy: Cause, consequence, comorbidity, or coincidence,” epilepsy will be [...]

How to Apply for the Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP)

The Wisconsin Early Autism Project, or WEAP for short, is a great resource for residents of Wisconsin and surrounding areas that have children with an autism spectrum disorder.  Under the Wisconsin Early Autism Project, children under the age of 8 who have been diagnosed with ASD are potentially eligible for up to 3 years of [...]

Qualifying for the McKay Scholarship for Autism

If you are a Florida resident, the single best resource for your child with autism is the McKay Scholarship Program.  Essentially, the McKay Scholarship provides state funding so you can choose the school (private or public) that best suits your child’s needs.  Depending on the award amount (which is based on your child’s IEP), tuition [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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