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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.

Book Review - Making Sense of Sex
Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger’s Syndrome is written by Sarah Attwood and illustrated by Jonathon Powell. This book review includes a summary of topics covered in the book and my critique and recommendation.

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.

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.

Educating Our Child With Asperger's
Every child's educational needs are different. After years of frustration, our family finally found the best educational fit for our child with Asperger's Syndrome. In Part 1 of my article, I discuss the first few years of preschool and elementary school.

Education and Our Child With Asperger's
Every child's educational needs are different. After years of frustration, our family finally found the best educational fit for our child with Asperger's Syndrome. In Part 2 of my article, I discuss our decision to seek alternative education for our son, and how we finally found success.

Executive Functioning and Autism
Children on the autism spectrum often struggle with executive functioning. Parents play a valuable role in identifying and helping children manage and improve weak executive functioning skills. Steps can be taken at home and school to improve the skills necessary to manage tasks and projects.

Explaining Asperger's Syndrome to Children
Explaining labels and diagnoses to a child with Asperger's can be frightening and frustrating. Each family's experience is unique, but there are resources available to help families who want to discuss Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders with their children.

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.

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.

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