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Practical ideas to make life easier for parents of kids with autism

First respite visit

Yesterday we had our first visit to a new respite house. We had been to two other respite establishments previously. The first one closed. The second one nick stayed at twice but after that they never returned my calls. It has … Continue reading

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Eating in a restaurant w. autistic kid

Sometimes I am asked how do we manage to have dinner in a restaurant with Nicholas, our 10 year old very autistic child.   I get asked this from people because Nicholas has  auditory stim issues – he verbalizes almost constantly and … Continue reading

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Top 5 Healthy Autism Coping Strategies

We all know unhealthy coping strategies, like chocolate and wine, work great but have the unfortunate side effect of weight gain. I tried some other things. What did NOT work for me: 1. Spending Money. After my son was diagnosed … Continue reading

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Diagnosis Part 2

It took too long but we eventually did get it: the diagnosis of mod-severe autism. Another assessment from a service provider reaffirmed the diagnosis of Dr. K. All this stuff, this business of a diagnosis, it felt like a blow, … Continue reading

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Early Signs of Autism

When he was between 18 months and 2 years there was a significant change in N’s behavior. My smiling, good-natured baby became highly anxious, and unsettled. His behavior reflected this anxiety, it appeared that N was having difficulty coping with … Continue reading

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