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8 Can’t-Miss Tips for Language Development

Parents instinctively understand that language development is important for their children. It’s natural to start talking to your baby as soon as it’s born. Some parents don’t even wait that long, and they start talking to their babies while they’re still expecting. Like your baby’s first steps, hearing mama or dada for the first time […]

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The Essential Play Therapy Toolbox

Play therapy is an effective way to improve social communication and language development. The beauty of play therapy is that it’s fun for both parents and children. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t require prior planning for the best results. There’s really no such thing as spending too much time with your children. However, most parents […]

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A Great Idea for Improved Social Communication With Law Enforcement

Many children on the autism spectrum need help with social communication. For most families, a lag in language development is the first indication their child might be on the spectrum. With love and support, you can minimize problems with social communication. Sometimes there’s a limit on how much progress can be achieved, however. For most […]

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5 Smart Ways To Keep Christmas Merry for a Child With Autism

Christmas and related holidays are a wonderful time for children and their parents. It’s the kind of occasion that forms memories that stay with you for a lifetime. Christmas is more than a single day on the calendar, too. As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are snug in the refrigerator, the Christmas season begins. Preparing […]

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Helping Your Autistic Child Rule Tomorrow’s Job Market

It can be difficult for parents to settle on a single form of autism therapy. Every child is different, and the kind of language development and social communication skills your child exhibits will determine what types of autism therapy might be useful. In addition, researchers are constantly learning more about autism, so the goal posts […]

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Watching Out for Wandering When Teaching Children With Autism

Children on the autism spectrum are more prone to wandering than other children. All parents must be aware of their children’s desire to wander around and discover new things. Autism parenting requires extra attention. It’s not just parents who need to be extra careful if wandering is a problem. When a child with a history […]

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Perfecting the Playroom for Child Centered Play Therapy

Every child needs a place to play. It’s said that play is the school of rules. Children use play to learn about interacting with others and the world around them. The need to play doesn’t change if your child has autism. If fact, most early autism intervention experts stress the importance of child centered play […]

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Autism Play Therapy Games for Learning the Alphabet

Learning the alphabet is the first step on the road to good literacy. Children with autism sometimes have trouble learning the alphabet as early as their peers. Play therapy games for autistic children are a great way to increase social communication. They’re also a great way to learn things like the alphabet and arithmetic. We’ve […]

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New Answers for Autism Weight Gain

Autism parenting usually makes for a hectic schedule. Parents of autistic children have the same commitments for work, school, and home life as other parents. Raising a child with autism presents additional challenges. Autistic children usually prefer things to be exactly the same all the time. Autism parenting requires planning further ahead to make sure […]

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Developing a Social Network for Autism Parenting

When you leave one job and move on to the next, you usually don’t start all over again on the bottom rung of the ladder. That’s because your experience counts for something to your new employer. It’s not just what you know that helps you. Who you know is just as important. Everyone develops a […]

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5 Awesome IPhone Apps for Your Child With Autism

Every parent wants the best for their children. For parents with children diagnosed with autism, finding just the educational toys and games can be a challenge. Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often need extra help with language development, social communication, and nonverbal interaction. That makes it somewhat harder to select appropriate learning toys. […]

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5 Great Android Apps for Children With Autism

For most people, an Android phone is a useful gadget in our tech arsenals. For autistic children, Android phones and apps can be a great way to enjoy play therapy almost anywhere. Autistic children can sometimes have difficulty with human expressions and reactions, which can become frustrating for them. However, they always know what to […]

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Art Lessons Make Great Play Therapy Activities

Play therapy activities for autistic children can take many forms. Play can be unstructured or formal. It can use elaborate curriculum or nothing but a few building blocks and a friendly patch of floor. While the methods change, the aim is always the same. By participating actively in play therapy games, you’ll be able to […]

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5 Back to School Tips That Help With Autism Parenting

Late summer is a time of transition. Summertime activities and schedules come to an end, and parents begin planning for another school year. Autism parenting requires additional planning. We’ve assembled a list some essential, parent-tested approaches to starting the new school year off right. Get School Year Routines In Place Early Autism parenting is all […]

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Should Early Autism Intervention Include Multiple Languages? You Bet!

Many families speak more than one language in the home. It’s not just new immigrants who enjoy the benefits of speaking two languages. In an increasingly connected world, being multilingual is simply a good idea. If speaking more than one language is good for your average kid, wouldn’t it be good for children with autism? […]

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Don’t Sleep on it! Try These Bedtime Autism Therapy Tips

Sometimes, it’s hard to get to sleep! Many children with autism also  suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Some may have difficulty getting to sleep, or they may wake up several times throughout the night. Others will be energetic until the last second before bedtime, yet will sleep soundly the rest of the night. […]

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Put On a Happy Face to Play With Your Nonverbal Child

Mothers and fathers have to learn some specialized skills when it comes to successful autism parenting. Or rather, not so much specialized as concentrated.  You need to pay greater attention to the nonverbal activities of your autistic child. The self-protective instincts of your child tend to shut out all distractions. Thus, language interactions frequently prove ineffective. […]

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Play Therapy as a Treatment for Autism

After the exhausting process of diagnosing a child with autism, many parents are overwhelmed by the cost and complexity of private therapy and treatment. Autism, also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), or Asperger’s syndrome,  can be difficult to identify and treat, even for an experienced physician. If parents involve themselves […]

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Sensory Overload and Autism

For children with autism, one aspect that may afflict them is that of sensory dysfunction or sensory overload. Young children are still becoming familiar with the world around them. When a neurodevelopmental disorder makes connecting with the world difficult, sensory effects can create major disturbances for the child. Anyone teaching children with autism has to […]

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5 Simple Strategies for Flying With an Autistic Child

It can be difficult for parents to find appropriate activities for children with autism.  A child with autism craves routine and predictability in their surroundings and activities. That makes finding new things to see and do a real challenge. It’s not wise to surrender the idea of traveling simply because it might be difficult for […]

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Breaking Through the Wall of Autism Symptoms

When parents are concerned about the development of their child – or seeming lack of it – and then hear the word “autism,” it can be an alarming experience. Early intervention for autism symptoms can help smooth the child’s progress through the world as they grow. For parents, the mysterious nature of the condition can […]

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Improving Mealtime for a Child With Autism

Mealtime can be a challenge for parents with autistic children. Then again, mealtime can be a challenge with any child. Children can be very fussy about what sort of food they’ll eat, and parents can have a difficult time making sure youngsters get the benefits of a well-rounded diet. Of course children with autism can […]

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HOW you play is crucial!

What’s your play style and why? For well over a decade I have been teaching families to play with their children on the autism spectrum as a way to further develop their child’s social ability. All too often I see people who think they are playing, when in actuality they are not. Let’s refer to […]

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Play like a pro: 4 tips for playing with your ASD child

Play like a pro! Create the optimal play environment. Putting together a room in your house that is low on distraction, free of electronic devices or battery operated toys and nothing that you need to say “no” to.  A bedroom sized room is generally ideal. You want to be able to go in shut the […]

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What’s your ritual?

For many on the autism spectrum, exclusive, repetitive or ritualistic behaviors can take up a big portion of  time and attention. There are many perspectives on how to address these behaviors that mostly focus on how to stop or change them. What people tend not to think about is that in one way or another […]

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Becoming a Dad

Over the last fifteen years I have worked and played with hundreds of families and their children on the autism spectrum. I rough house, I tutor, I teach, I learn, I laugh, I change diapers, clean up vomit, I get hit, bit and scratched from time to time, but mostly I am reminded over and […]

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Anticipation

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” -A.A. Milne Remember […]

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Motivation

“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” -Norman Ralph Augustine Most of the professional world approaches working with children on the spectrum by using external motivations, in other words with toys, candy, videos, computer games etc. Really what we are talking about is, with-holding something that a child wants until they do a specific task […]

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Crying and whining and your reaction!

Does your child whine, cry or even tantrum when they don’t get what they want? Many children that I work with use whining/crying or even tantrums to get what they want. I am sure many of you reading this can relate. The good news is, your child is communicating! Your child is smart, and because […]

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Transactions vs. Interactions

Interactions are different from transactions When I go through the grocery store check out I speak to the cashier, I make a little bit of eye contact, I make a physical gesture and in doing all of this I complete several social loops. Sounds like an interaction, right? Well, technically yes. But really what I […]

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Welcome to the new Website

Welcome to Play. Connect. Grow. It has been a dream of mine to create this parent resource for several years now. Cost and availability are the two biggest hurdles for parents wishing to access quality services. For the last 15 years I have been traveling all over the world to teach parents how to use […]

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