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5 Things Autism Parents Wish They Would Have Known

A while ago, we at The Autism Site shared with you five common mistakes autism parents make, as well as how to avoid them. But we only managed to scratch the surface of the things that autism parents, in retrospect, wish they would have known at the beginning of their journey or would have done differently. Thanks to the way society generally …

9 Ways to Help Your Child with Autism Get Enough Sleep

When you have a child with autism, getting them to sleep can be difficult for a variety of reasons, be it overstimulation, side effects to medication, or other medical disorders. But the problem could be exacerbated by other factors at play. Maybe your child is over-caffeinated, or maybe their nighttime routine could better prepare them for sleep. If you’re looking …

Parents Put Padlocked House On Property, Reveal It’s Where They ‘Keep’ Their 11-Year-Old Twins

At first glance, the Montagues look every bit the perfect family. Mark and Annie love nothing more than strolling along the sandy beach as their 11-year-old twin sons chase the waves. But their home in Southeast England paints a much more complicated picture. Across from Mark and Annie’s home is a detached ramshackle structure with padlocks on the doors. This strange-looking wooden house contains nothing but a table, …

This Short Film About Autism Needs to Be Screened in Schools Everywhere

Autism can be a difficult condition for some people to accept, particularly if they don’t understand it. Try to imagine being the peer of a child diagnosed with autism. Confused and unfamiliar with behaviors associated with autism, some of those peers may develop a negative perspective of the child. That’s why fostering autism awareness among everyone—adults, teens, and children—is so …

When People Wonder If My Daughter Really Has Autism

I’ve seen the looks. I’ve heard the whispers. Nobody actually says it to my face, but I see them wonder. “Are you sure she has autism?” People have a narrow view of autism. They seem to think they would be able to spot a child with autism a mile away. They envision a nonverbal child lining up his cars. They envision …

The invisible girls on the autism spectrum

This guest post was written by Catherine Fozard who was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 31. I recently helped a friend with her niece, who had just been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. My friend strongly felt that this diagnosis was wrong, and after reading more about my symptoms and experiences with ASD believed that her niece …

To the moms who raise someone on the autism spectrum

This guest post is by Kerry Magro, an international motivational speaker on the autism spectrum. To the moms who raise a loved one on the spectrum, This weekend is Mother’s Day, and I wanted you to know how important you are to your child. You may not know it, but simply by being there for them you are making a huge difference. I know this …

Clothes As Calming Tools For Kids On The Autism Spectrum

Many people with autism are prone to overwhelming situations. When lights are too bright, noises are too loud, and certain physical sensations are uncomfortable, stress and anxiety is increased and people with autism may have meltdowns. Sensewear, a prototype line of clothing conceived by Dubai-based designers Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati, incorporates self-soothing therapy for treating sensory processing disorders, common …