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7 Characteristics and Traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Echolalia Children with autism may echo or repeat words or phrases they hear you say or that they heard on television. Echolalia can be immediate or delayed, meaning they repeat it later. They may sometimes use certain phrases from a favorite song or ...

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The Sensory Diet

There is such a thing as the "sensory diet" but don’t get fooled by the name. It doesn’t involve discovering foods that will help your child overcome sensory processing disorder (SPD). A sensory diet is a series of exercises and activities ...

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Examples of Sensory Processing Disorder

One of the more difficult aspects of autism to explain to friends, relatives, teachers and acquaintances is sensory processing disorder. While autism doesn’t appear the same in each child, many children with ASD have hyper- or hyposensitivities, or a ...

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10 Tips for Parenting a Teen on the Autism Spectrum

Teens on the autism spectrum present special challenges. Like their peers, many with autism want independence. They want to fit in with their classmates. They want to plan for college life and dream about their futures. But parents are often hesitant ...

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Autism and Sarcasm

Brenda tried to explain sarcasm to her son, Jordan. "It is when someone says the opposite of what they mean." She followed up with an example, "Suppose it is raining very hard outside, sometimes people will say, ‘What a beautiful day,...

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Children with Autism: Preparing for Field Trips

For most children, field trips are exciting and fun. They get to visit interesting places, see new things and spend the day outside of the regular classroom. But for children with autism, field trips can spell disaster. They are loud, unpredictable, ...

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15 Colleges and Universities with ASD Support Programs

In high school, your teen on the autism spectrum (AS) may have had a number of different supports, services and accommodations. If he had an IEP or Section 504, these services were mandated and the school was held responsible for following through on ...

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Things to Think About When Disclosing Asperger's Syndrome or High Functioning Autism

If your child has autism severe enough to interfere with their education, you have probably already talked with his or her school personnel and teachers. You may have already gone through the IEP process and have accommodations in place. But for thos...

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Preparing Children with Autism for Back to School

Your child finally settled into a summer routine and already it is time to start transitioning him into "back to school" mode. For most children with autism, transitions and new situations are difficult and stressful. Starting several week...

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Teaching Life Skills to Children with Autism Through Backward Chaining

You work diligently with the school district to make sure your child with autism receives the services and education he needs to become independent. You may work with a therapist and at home in developing social skills or a counselor in developing sp...