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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.
Reflections, Rewards and Reservations
Our family has always struggled and experimented with finding the right educational fit for our son with Asperger's. The recent journey has been filled with successes, while the unknown future causes reservations.
Services Not Required
When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents often assume there will be a multitude of resources available in the child's school system. This is not always the case, especially when the school determines services are not required.
Starting a Social Group
When your community does not have a service you need, it is sometimes possible to create the resource yourself. Setting up a social group for kids on the autism spectrum takes some patience and creativity, but with support from others in the community, you can lead your vision into reality.
Still So Misunderstood
While understanding and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has come a long way, there is still a lot of work to be done in educating people about those living with ASD.
Structure, Routine, and the Summer Collapse
Structure and routine are integral to success for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Summertime provides decompression time, but the lack of structure and routine can often be as frustrating as it is relaxing.
Structure, Schedule and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Creating structure and schedules for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are important. Clear understanding of structure, routine, and schedule are essential to limiting anxiety and frustration and have benefits both at home and at school.
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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.
Without Passion, Pride, or Prejudice
There is an increasing number of large companies employing adults on the autism spectrum. Specific traits such as hyperfocus, acute attention to detail, and the lack of extreme concern about blame or accolades make many people with Autism Spectrum Disorders ideal employees in many industries.
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