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Path to an Autism Diagnosis
The path to diagnosis and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is not one-size-fits-all. Some children are more obviously affected by ASD and are diagnosed and begin treatment more quickly. Others may wait several years for the signs and symptoms to become more obvious and impactful.

Holidays and Breaks in Routine
Holidays and the break in routine and structure can be frustrating for many families of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Sensory sensitivities are heightened. With some planning and patience, parents can enjoy the holidays and limit the negative impact on children and themselves.

Finding Support
Parenting a child on the autism spectrum can feel isolating and overwhelming. It is important to develop healthy, supportive relationships with people who understand the daily and lifelong challenges of parenting a child with special needs.

Dietary Challenges for Children with Autism
Diet and feeding issues are a huge challenge for many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Whether the issue is medical, developmental, or sensory, there are many resources available for helping parents identify and manage dietary challenges.

Surviving the Holidays
Parenting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is demanding. During the holidays, children and their parents face additional stress of social and sensory challenges related to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Preparing for the Holidays
There are many ways to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorders overcome the fear and anxiety that often comes with the holiday season. With some pre-planning and coping strategies, families can help prepare for changes in routine and structure.

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The Autism Spectrum Disorders newsletter will be sent on a weekly basis covering a variety of topics, including my most recent article. Ideas, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

Autism and the Magic Within
How can finding the 'magic' within a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder help with career planning? There are aspects of autism that may help identify potential careers. A 'hyperfocus' in computer games may lead to a career in software design, for example.

Mentors for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle to understand social rules and expectations. Mentors are a great way to help children understand social interaction, develop relationships and find a place to 'fit' and thrive.

Easing Into a New School Year
Easing into a new school year can be a difficult process for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Here are some tips to help parents collaborate with schools to help meet the needs of the students and encourage a cooperative relationship.

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