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Talking to Your Child's Teacher When Your Child Has Autism

For many parents, the prospect of sitting down and talking with your child’s teacher is intimidating, but for parents of children with autism, you may dread the idea. What is the teacher going to say? Will she judge you as a parent? Will you hear a l...

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23 Ways to Accommodate Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in the Classroom

During IEP and Section 504 meetings, parents meet with school officials to determine what accommodations and modifications should be implemented to best help their child. But it is hard to know what is considered reasonable and what types of accommod...

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Asperger's Syndrome and Difficulty with Authority Figures

One of the most confusing aspects of Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is the strict adherence to rules but, at the same time, having a disrespect or unwillingness to accept authority figures. On one hand, Aspies are known for always wanting to follow the rul...

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Job Interview Skills for Teens with Asperger's Syndrome

I previously wrote a post, "Should Your Teen with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) Get a Summer Job?" If you have decided the answer is "yes," you will need to prepare your teen for interviewing. Because teens with AS often ha...

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The Benefits of Exercise for Children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

We all know the benefits of exercise. It helps decrease our risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. It helps us maintain a healthy weight, reduces anxiety and depression and improves our overall feeling of well-being. But can exercis...

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What Does High Functioning Autism Mean?

Autism is considered a spectrum disorder. One person may have mild symptoms while another may have serious symptoms. But they both have an autism spectrum disorder. Read more to find out what high-functioning autism means.

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Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Acronyms

If you have a child with autism or Asperger’s syndrome (AS) you probably have come across acronyms that you don’t understand. I have compiled a list of some of the most common acronyms to help you better understand when talking with medical professio...

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Tips for Anger Management in Teens with Asperger's Syndrome

Some teens with Asperger’s syndrome (AS) have problems with anger. For those with AS, a number of factors can contribute to anger issues: Difficulty communicating or expressing emotion Over- or under- stimulation Logical, linear thinking process whic...

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Sensitivity to Temperature: When Your Child Won't Wear a Coat

You can always tell who my son is. He is the one standing outside in 20 degree temperature in shorts and a t-shirt. He will tell you he isn’t cold. For a long time I argued with him, insisting he wear a coat but as he got older, those arguments becam...

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Choosing an Anti-Seizure Medication for Your Child with Autism and Epilepsy

Your child has gone through all the tests including an MRI and an EEG. Your child has had two or more seizures. You sit anxiously in the doctor’s office to wait for a diagnosis. Your child is given a second diagnosis to his or her autism. _Epilepsy _...