Home, Safe Home

As parents, we all desire both a healthy and safe environment for our children, regardless of their ages. As research has continued to explore the causes of autism, what seems to be a common thread is that increased toxicity in our environment is a core component necessary for the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The full article is available on Autism File.

Home Sweet Homeschool

If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your child, it’s likely that you’ll be giving a lot of thought to the right curriculum and activities. There’s no doubt these are crucial, but so is creating an environment that’s geared for education—and this is especially important if your child has autism. Think of your homeschool as a center of learning, the place where you’ll nurture your child’s desire to find out more—and give it careful planning and attention. The full article is available on Autism File.

One Parent’s Way of Avoiding Crises at Thanksgiving and Christmas

Holidays are stressful for everyone regardless of how much joy they bring. The challenges that come with raising a child on the autism spectrum −especially with other siblings − only compound this stress. As an experienced mother of an adult with autism and two other typically-developing children, I have learned many strategies through trial and error, how to avoid crises, and offer these tips to other parents of ASD children in hopes of lessening the stress of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The full article is available on Autism File.

Kindergarten Classrooms

The welcoming classroom — what is it, and why is it so important for our kindergarten children?

A welcoming classroom is intended to create a sense of politeness and approachability for a young child, to make the child feel internally warm and safe, comfortable and happy. Doesn’t each of us want this for our own children? There is a trend of moving away from the institutional settings that older classrooms present and towards the desire to provide a nurturing environment for our younger children to learn. This is most especially important for our kindergarten-aged children during their first year of school.

For kindergarten teachers to create a welcoming atmosphere for their students, they would provide individual spaces within the classroom for various intimate activities that would allow the children to interact ….

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Residential Living Options for Adults with Autism

Earlier this year professionals and parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) gathered together for the Adult Services and Residential Think Tank at the AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The presenting panelists included Dr. Dan Burns, Dr. Stephen Shore, Professor James Adams, Robert Krakow, Esq., Anna Huntley, Vicki Martin, RN, Barbara Fischkin and Polly Tommey.