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Children With Autism

Understanding How My Son With Autism Sees the World

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

Every once in a while I get a really good glimpse into his world, and it's a place that is unbelievably fascinating. He invites me in without knowing it. I want to stay longer, but that's not always possible.

We Have a Choice About Autism

Andrea Libutti | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Andrea Libutti

Over the years, I have discovered that my child lives in a much different world than my own. His senses are unimaginably heightened. He experiences sounds and color and light in ways that we cannot even fathom. He sees and hears beauty in the world that I may never see myself.

To the Mom Whose Autistic Daughter Was Kicked Off Plane

Julie M Green | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Julie M Green

You don't know me, but I've been thinking about you ever since I read about your family's experience on that United flight. I wish I had been sitting in the aisle across from you when you tried to explain to the crew about Juliette -- about how she needed to eat something hot because when she's hungry, she gets distressed.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

You're Not as 'Normal' as You Think You Are: Redefining 'Normal'

Randi Evans | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

My son is beautiful and more importantly, he's true to who he is, more true than I could ever be. And the only time he's ever embarrassed about who he is, is when I have to remind him that "we can't do that here," or when he's drawing eyes that look at him like he's crazy.

How One Mom Is Using Military Uniforms To Solve A Problem For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents

When Crystal Lyons' toddler son John was diagnosed with autism in July 2014, the South Carolina mom looked into buying him a weighted vest -- a therap...

Dylan, Autism and the Butterfly Effect

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

Is it unreasonable to imagine that a child or children in one part of the world may be helped, simply because one person in another part of the world decided to run a few miles?

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

My Sons Love Their Sister, But Not Autism

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

As much as I want my children to accept and embrace what life gives, I don't want them to feel guilty for wishing that their sister could tie her shoes or write her name or talk to them about how life can be so mean and unfair. I want them to know it's OK to love their sister, while not loving that she has autism.

On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism

Alex Ellis | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Alex Ellis

Being autistic, like being left handed, says very little about who we arewe still often have an instinctive wariness about difference -- especially when we are in groups and when we are still developing our own identity. Our own insecurities can limit us.

Stop Looking at My Daughter

Jeramy Hope | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jeramy Hope

My whole existence is to ensure my family's success. At times, that will mean that my princess makes too much noise in public. More often than not, I will get it wrong and make matters worse -- sorry, I'm new to this. We are trying to give our princess the best possible life -- and I wouldn't change this for the world.

Our Life With Autism (A Photo Essay)

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

There are some universal experiences we as parents share -- whether our children have autism or not -- and then there are things that even the most empathetic person cannot understand without having a child with autism. Sometimes it's an amazing journey. Sometimes it's painfully challenging.

One Mom's Plan To Make Getting Dressed Easier For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday, mom Lauren Thierry said that something as "seemingly mundane" as getting dressed in the morning can be...

Who Who Cares What 'They' Say

Randi Evans | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

As I'm sitting in the front row on the bleachers, I can hear your whispers to your spouse, friends and other parents. I hear what you say.

Somebody Living With Autism Wants You To Read This

Shanell Mouland | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Do you understand that these children are good and innocent and put forth herculean effort to exist in a world where people like you make the rules?

Odin's Birthday Was Spectacular, But This Mom's Not Celebrating

Julie M Green | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Maybe for kids like Odin -- for kids like mine -- inviting the whole class or some dozen kids is only setting up our kids for disappointment and humiliation when no one shows up.

Dad Of Kid With Autism Develops App So People With Disorder Can Find, Rate Accommodating Places

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

A Pennsylvania father whose son has autism is creating an app that will help people with the disorder and their families. Topher Wurts is developi...

To The People Who Think My Son Doesn't Look Like He Has Autism

Lauren Casper | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

Did my son seem "normal" to you in the 10 minutes you spent with him? Well, that's nice, because he is normal... he's a sweet, normal, beautiful boy with autism.

Theaters Turn Lights Up, Volume Down At Special Screenings To Make Kids With Autism More Comfortable

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.18.2015 | Good News

A theater company is introducing a new program in an effort to make moviegoing more enjoyable for individuals with autism. Canadian company Cineple...

Family Outraged After Girl With Autism Leaves School In Middle Of Day Unsupervised

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents

A Florida mother is outraged after her 6-year-old daughter showed up at her door in the middle of a school day on Monday. Zoe Maglio, who has been dia...

What Being A Mother Is Really About

Mary Hickey | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Real motherhood is not about having the child you pictured in your head or having a child who fulfills the dreams you thought you had. It is an adventure of discovery.

5 New Year's Resolutions for an Autism Mom

Julie M Green | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

I do the best I can, sure. But some days, my best falls short of good enough. My son is a tremendous kid. He deserves an equally tremendous -- at least most of the time -- mom. So in that spirit of self-improvement and self-awareness, I resolve to the following.

Turning My Biggest Parenting Regret Into A New Year's Resolution

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Audrey Hayworth

I woke up about six months ago and realized that in my attempt to get them to those next milestones, I've missed out on the moments in the present. All of the laughter, joy, smiles, and snuggles were overshadowed by worry. All of the magic moments, gone in the blink of an eye.

Pets May Help Improve Social Skills Of Children With Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science

Having a family pet can be beneficial for child development in a number of ways, including keeping kids active and promoting empathy, self-esteem and ...

To My Son's Autism Therapists

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Smith Masterson

I need you to understand that every morning I wake up and hope for a breakthrough, and that every night I go to bed worrying about my son's future. This is a lot of weight to carry.