How to Help Kids Regulate and Identify Their Emotions
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1M ago
According to Autism Speaks, emotional regulation is the “ability to cope with situations that cause emotions like stress, anxiety, or frustration.”  Anyone with autism can have a difficult time regulating their emotions, but this can be particularly challenging for kids. This is because children, whether they are neurotypical or neurodivergent, are at an age where they are still learning how to navigate and understand their emotions. So when a child has autism, implementation of emotional regulation can be particularly tough, without assistance.  When a child is dysregulated, it ca ..read more
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Navigating Parenthood: Empowering Support for Families of Children with Autism
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by GBC admin
3M ago
Parenting a child with autism comes with many unique challenges that can be stressful. While your child might need a lot of attention and support, it’s important to avoid pushing your own needs aside.  You have a life, too; one of the best ways to show up for your child is to show up for yourself. You must remember it is not selfish to support your own needs. After all, when your needs are met, you are better equipped with the energy and mental bandwidth you require to fully show up for your child in the best way.  Whatever you are feeling, just know that you are not alone. Parenti ..read more
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Understanding Mild, Moderate, and Severe Autism
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by GBC admin
6M ago
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects how an individual interacts with and perceives the world and others, as well as how they express themselves. While each person with ASD is unique in their presentation of autism, the most common characteristics include challenges with speech, social interactions, and behavior.  Though autism is often viewed as a spectrum, doctors currently use a levels system when diagnosing a person as it provides a jumping-off point to help better understand those with autism and the various presentations they might have. This sys ..read more
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6 Ways to Help Children with Autism Interact with their Siblings
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by GBC admin
9M ago
Growing up with a sibling with autism has many positive aspects. It fosters compassion, patience, and empathy. However, it can be overwhelming and lead to embarrassment and resentment. As a parent, it is challenging to help neurotypical and neurodivergent siblings interact, so setting realistic expectations is essential. With some care and compassion, your children can form a bond that lasts a lifetime. Below you’ll find six tips to help establish a positive relationship between your children with intellectual differences.  How to strengthen the relationship of your child with autism an ..read more
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Books to Read to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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by GBC admin
10M ago
Books are fabulous tools. They entertain, provide knowledge, and can transport us to other worlds. For kids with autism, books do all of that and so much more.  Similar to ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis), books can teach children with autism to understand their behavior and the behavior of those around them. Books can also introduce characters with autism who have experienced similar challenges, like having difficulty fitting in or struggling with sensory overload. Although every child with ASD is unique, they can relate to characters who think and act more like them. It is co ..read more
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How to Prevent or De-Escalate Meltdowns for Children with Autism
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by GBC admin
10M ago
Any child can become overwhelmed and act out during a difficult situation. However, children with autism are especially susceptible to meltdowns.  Understanding de-escalation techniques can help diffuse potential problems before they reach a crisis point.  Why Are Children with Autism More Prone to Meltdowns? Children with autism have challenges in communication, social interaction, and behavior. They can become easily overstimulated when exposed to loud noises, bright lights, unfamiliar environments, fatigue, or demands on their time and energy. When this happens, they can become ..read more
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The Ins and Outs of Autism Diagnosis in Older Children and Teens
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by GBC admin
10M ago
Why do some children get a late autism diagnosis? Many children with autism are diagnosed in early childhood. But since autism is slightly different for every child it affects, behavioral differences in children that signal autism may not appear until they are older. For some children, the complex challenges of socializing and navigating a school environment as they get older – and feeling overwhelmed by moving into a middle or high school – can bring forward a diagnosis that wasn’t apparent before.  In older children, signs of autism may include having very strong or unusual interests o ..read more
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7 Must-Try Sensory-Friendly Summer Activities
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by GBC admin
10M ago
Free time and loads of outdoor opportunities make summer an ideal time to engage your child with autism in sensory-friendly activities. Children with autism often have difficulty processing the information they receive from their senses. The result is that they become overwhelmed and agitated, which can cause sensitivities to sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, balance, and awareness of their body’s position and its internal cues.  Sensory activities help children develop language, social, and motor skills. They can then better communicate their feelings, wants, and needs so they don’t s ..read more
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6 Strengths (not Weaknesses) of Individuals with Autism
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by GBC admin
10M ago
As a parent, one of your goals is to help your child maximize their strengths so they can lead a happy and productive life. This is especially crucial for children with autism. The key is to understand that the differences between autistic and neurotypical children can be qualities that allow them to shine, rather than weaknesses or disabilities.  Like any child, children with autism need to feel accepted to thrive. Therefore, the best thing you can do for your child is to embrace them, quirks and all.  Here are some characteristics of people with autism that translate into strengt ..read more
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How to Manage Next Steps after an Autism Diagnosis
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by GBC admin
10M ago
If you’ve just learned that your child has autism, you’re probably feeling 100 things at once. It should be noted that Autism Speaks’ Parents’ Guide to Autism for newly diagnosed children is an excellent and trusted resource for parents going through this – much of the advice in this post comes from ideas in that guide.  Whatever you are feeling, from anger to relief to sadness, those emotions are all perfectly normal. Whether or not you suspected that something was going on with your child, you may very well be in a state of shock. You may also go from acceptance to denial and back aga ..read more
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