Autism

Establish a Back to School Routine Now!

Can you believe it’s already been a little over a month and it’s time to start preparing for the back to school routine? In some ways, school is a relief because it puts families...

Special Needs and Ignorance: Please Get To Know Me, Before You Judge Me!

As an individual who has autism, I have unfortunately came in contact with quite a few ignorant people throughout my life. People who judge me before they get to know me. People who tease...

Special-Ism’s Q & A: Communicating a Diagnosis to Your Special Needs Child

One of our readers writes in, "Hi Chloe, first of all, I want to say a huge thanks for sharing the tips and inside of what it is like to be on the spectrum...my question...
Community Life Skills

Build Community Integration Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being...

Can Video Games Facilitate Communication?

There have been online debates as to whether a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) should engage with video game playing. Some debaters are pro and give the argument that video games give...
special needs vacation

Tips for Making a Family Cruise Hassle-Free

Many of you forego family vacations for numerous reasons, in whole or in part, connected to your journey with autism, sensory processing disorder, or some other special need. Autism on the Seas would like...
jeremy brooks ending intolerance

On a Mission to End Intolerance

“It is important that people know  what you stand for.  It’s equally important that they know  what you won’t stand for.”   ~ Mary Waldrop One of my previous articles focused on The Gift of Tolerance which included successful...

Occupational Therapy Supports Autism

April is one very special month - It's Autism Awareness Month AND Occupational Therapy (OT) Month all rolled into one!  Occupational Therapy is often an integral therapy for children on the autism spectrum. As an...

How-To Tips: Pay Attention in School

Let's discuss how to pay better attention while in class. This may seem obvious to most of you, but for a kid with ASD, nothing is obvious. The following key tips can help: Sit in...

ABA: What IS It, Really?

Sometimes parents tell me they want to start doing ABA with their child.  I always tell them the same thing, "You already are. Not just with your child, but with your significant other, your...