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Children With Autism

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About -- Part 2

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

You are aware of autism. You just don't understand it. It's not something that directly impacts you, and so you don't really care about it all that much. And why should you?Unless you are the caregiver or educator of an individual with autism, caring is rather inconvenient.

Why I Call Myself An 'Autism Mom'

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Being a momma of a child with autism has its own challenges, its own rewards, its own misunderstandings, its own joy, and its own grief. And talking about it, writing about it, being honest about it, and owning it -- that matters.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

Autism isn't all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

What Being a 'Special Needs' Mom Has Taught Me About Just Plain Being a Mom

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

When your child wants to snuggle just a little longer, snuggle. When you worry about spoiling your child because you snuggle them so much, please know there will come a time when snuggling with you is the last thing they will ever want to do. Snuggle now. Snuggle long. You will miss it.

Horses, Autism, and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't see a child with autism. They see a child. Autistic children know this, and it feels good to them. In order for anyone, autistic or otherwise, to grow, heal, and have positive relationships with others, they must first have a positive relationship with themselves.

Autism: The Number 1 Thing You Can Do to Help Your Child

Andrea Libutti | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Andrea Libutti

All of the things we want for our child have a real chance of manifesting when we accept their behaviors rather than fear them. It's like the wall of tension we created gets toppled, and we actually create a bridge for our child to connect with us. And when that bridge is built, they are not only reachable, but they reach out to us.

5 Things I Wish I'd Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's been years now since my son received his autism diagnosis. As I look back at all the progress we have made, and how much our life has changed for the better, I am so very grateful. As I look back, I can also see that many of the things we learned, we did so by trial and error.

Scientists Show Immune System for Some With Autism Triggered by Gluten and Casein

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

My previous blog post describes the mechanism of action of gluten and how lessons learned from a failed cholera vaccine are tremendously helping those...

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2015 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

No one tells you that church and sensory issues are like oil and water. They don't mention it in occupational therapy, or when you get the diagnosis, or even in the books that talk about what to expect. Yet every mom I know that has a unique little one like mine, has experienced it.

Meet the Gutsy Dad That Started a Car Wash to Help His Son Find Purpose

NationSwell | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact

Most car washes are filled with less-than-enthusiastic workers. But in Parkland, Fla., there's a place to clean your car where the employees -- 80 percent of whom are along the autism spectrum -- are extremely excited about their daily responsibilities.

20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Sometimes, doctors know exactly what we need. Sometimes they don't. Either way, only go to a doctor who sees you as a valuable partner in your child's health and progress.

Horses and Spirituality

Tim Hayes | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

For over two decades I have been teaching the principals of Natural Horsemanship (or what was once referred to as "Horse Whispering") helping humans create better relationships with their horses.

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 06.14.2015 | 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 07.09.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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...