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Boosting Social Skills in Autistic Kids With Drama

Schools are exploring new ways to teach children the rules of informal interactions. How do you join a conversation at a middle-school lunch table? What do you say when someone says hi to you in the hallway and you don’t know her name? How do you delicately correct a member of your lab group in science without calling him stupid? …

Boosting Social Skills in Autistic Kids With Drama

Schools are exploring new ways to teach children the rules of informal interactions. How do you join a conversation at a middle-school lunch table? What do you say when someone says hi to you in the hallway and you don’t know her name? How do you delicately correct a member of your lab group in science without calling him stupid? …

Shelter dog helps boy with autism hug, kiss his mom for first time

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Society for Features Journalism honored this story in its 2016 Excellence-in-Features Awards contest. The story placed third in the Short Feature category for large publications with a circulation of 200,000 and up. All moms worry about their sons. Amanda Granados worried more. The Los Angeles mother watched her young son Joey struggle in uncommon ways. In kindergarten, …

10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

Here are ten things every child with autism wishes you knew: 10. I am a child. My autism is part of who I am, not all of who I am. Are you just one thing, or are you a person with thoughts, feelings, preferences, ideas, talents, and dreams? Are you fat (overweight), myopic (wear glasses) or klutzy (uncoordinated)? Those may …

Aspiring Teen Model Proves That Autism Won’t Hold Him Back

When RJ Peete was diagnosed with autism at age 3, doctors told his parents, Holly and RJ, that their son likely wouldn’t achieve much. Back then, RJ wasn’t expected to communicate, have friends, mainstream in school, play team sports or even say, “I love you” unprompted. Today, not only has the 18-year-old surpassed these expectations, but he’s also forging his …