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Parenting a Child With Autism

We Are Part of 'The System,' Too: Keeping Our Autistic Children Safe

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Lou Melgarejo

I have watched over the past few days as friends from the autism community have expressed horror and confusion at the attempted murder of Issy Staplet...

Puppy Power

Patrice E. Athanasidy | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Patrice E. Athanasidy

At 11, Peter still had a tremendous fear of animals. Live animals are unpredictable, have a definite scent, lick him without permission and in general test all of Peter's daily stresses that come with his autistic spectrum disorder.

From One Autism Mom: There is Hope!

Johmaalya Adelekan | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Johmaalya Adelekan

The day my son was diagnosed with autism was the day my world came to a screeching halt. I didn't know what to do or what to say. Like so many stories I have heard from parents over the years, our diagnosis came with no compassion and no hope.

What I Wish I'd Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

It is my hope, for those of you who may be at the beginning of your journey with an autistic child, that these things might help you avoid some of the many, many mistakes we made and a great deal of unnecessary pain.

Walking in Their Shoes

Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick

Bruce is no ordinary husband and father. For a man who will tell you that "every aspect of life changed" when his son's diagnosis came 11 years ago, Bruce was extraordinarily candid about what it's like to raise his 13-year-old autistic son.

A Conversation Between Mother Seal and Baby Seal

Dafna Maor | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

It wasn't about control of me over him, or him over me. It was something that we both had to get used to; Tal's mom is a person who does things that do not always relate to Tal.

Guess What's on a Child's Mind

Dafna Maor | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

When children are very young, they have a hard time seeing a different point of view than their own. Most young children seem like that for the first years of their lives. It takes a long time for them to realize their view of the world is different than others.'

Financial Planning For the Future of Your Special Children

Dafna Maor | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

This is a lesson for any person, any parent, but especially for parents with special children: Take good care of your health, not just the physical one, but the financial one.

So, You Think Your Child Is Normal?

Dafna Maor | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

What I would really like to tell you about is not my son's progress, but of the lessons I've learned from his experience.

Pride and Prejudice: Why Parenting Is Different for Me

Dafna Maor | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

As the parent of a child with autism, I discovered a peculiar thing: Many things that cause stress, or at least some annoyance, to other parents are causes for joy or at least satisfaction for me.

Happy Start to the School Year

Dafna Maor | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

I cannot think of a better gift for the coming Jewish year than knowing that your child is a caring, helpful friend.

Missing Matthew

Laura Shumaker | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

I was the only one who knew how to calm him during an adolescent, autistic meltdown. Now, I felt stripped of my duties.

If Life Gives You Lemons, Take Out Your Toolbox

Dafna Maor | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Not everything that happens is fixable, but what can be changed by sheer will power is the way you react to them.

Mothers Go to War

Dafna Maor | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

While the knowledge and experience of professionals merits respect, parents should never forget the following: Parents know their children better than anyone else.

At 2, He Couldn't Speak, But He Could Read and Haggle

Dafna Maor | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Tal has come a long way since he was 2. He's learned a lot, but so have I.

Mountain Battles: Music Can Save Your Life, Even for Just One Night

Dafna Maor | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

The concert gave me a fantastic memory to take along with me. But it didn't change my life; it just made it better for a few hours, maybe even days. And that's how life works.

A Letter to the Good People at the IRS

Dafna Maor | Posted 09.18.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. It was really quite comical, as if someone has written a very politically-incorrect skit for Saturday Night Live.

Coming Out of the (Disability) Closet

Dafna Maor | Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

When you are crushed from the news, you need someone to share it with. You tell family. Some friends you really trust. But what about everyone else?

Your Child's Autism Cures You From Trying to Please Everyone

Dafna Maor | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Working in a media outlet doesn't necessarily guarantee that you are surrounded by people with high communication skills and knowledge of the human psyche.

Step 1 in Solving Problems: Don't Go Looking for Them

Dafna Maor | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

What my experience has taught me, especially in the first year after Tal was diagnosed, is that things that used to seem like big problems simply aren't any more.

How the European Debt Crisis Helped me Part From My Son for a Little

Dafna Maor | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

I checked my email for the last time and found out that my editor wanted me to go to Greece to cover the elections there. The last time I left my son for more than a day was when he was 3 1/2.

What Parents Want for Their Children, Autistic or Otherwise

Dafna Maor | Posted 08.11.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Sometimes people choose to make life more difficult for themselves, even if they don't have to. They go looking for unnecessary challenges to heap on their plates, which are already quite full.

When My Son Was Diagnosed with Autism, I Started my Life Over

Dafna Maor | Posted 08.06.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

The journey from that black hole of despair into which I fell in the weeks after "the diagnosis," as many parents call that fateful moment in their lives, back into light, took years. It is still underway.