A Brilliant Idea To Handle A Temper Tantrum

Watch the video below and see how easy and fast a temper tantrum came to an end. The idea is easy to implement even if you don’t have a...

A Brilliant Idea To Handle A Temper Tantrum

A Brilliant Idea To Handle A Temper Tantrum

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Watch the video below and see how easy and fast a temper tantrum came to an end. The idea is easy to implement even if you don’t have a backyard. You can imagine the tremendous amount of sensory overload the boy is suffering from, light, noise, lack of personal space, …The boy just needed to

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Before You Go To An IEP Meeting

Before You Go To An IEP Meeting

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

You think you know your child well. Absolutely you know her/him well in certain settings. School is a highly structured setting compared to any other setting. School setting puts some pressure on the child because there are a minimum requirements of discipline expected from each student. Ask for an in-class observation as well as play

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How To Create A Flexible Schedule

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

In a previous entry I explained the importance of a daily schedule. Now I will show you how to build your own magnetic schedule, which will look like this:

Before I explain how to make a physical magnetic schedule (the most effective I’ve ever used), here are some rules that I would like to talk about:

Make

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Parents & Educators, Get Ready For A New School Year Now

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

A new school year is around the corner and about to start! Parents and educators are you ready? Here are some tips to help you get off on the right foot.
Bear in mind, there are three main goals in raising and educating children with autism that we are working on:

Independence
Improve Social Skills
Improve Communication Capabilities

To achieve these

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Get Ready For A New School Year

Get Ready For A New School Year

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Soon school will be back in session and classrooms will open their doors to welcome their students, both new and returning.
It is never early enough to prepare your child with autism for a new transition in her life. Below you will find some helpful tips to get a smooth start of a new school year.
One

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What Is It Like To Have Autism?

What Is It Like To Have Autism?

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Parents of children with autism suffer from people’s looks and comments wherever they go. Be proactive and participate in raising awareness by sharing the video below. Without saying a word, people will change perspective and will become more understanding. The best way to help people comprehend what autism means, is to animate the condition.
Soon your

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All That An Assistive Dog Can Bring To Your Family (Video)

All That An Assistive Dog Can Bring To Your Family (Video)

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

The proverb says: The dog is man’s best friend. Dogs are loyal and they love their masters unconditionally (I prefer to use the word masters over owners). They communicate without language, and understand the body language. If your child doesn’t talk or has poor verbal skills she/he can still have a social life. A dog

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Mothers Of Children With Autism & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mothers Of Children With Autism & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Mothers of kids with autism suffer from the same disorder which combating soldiers suffer from “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD). But mothers of adolescent and adult children with autism in particular suffer the most. It is understandable that living under stress and being hyper vigilant and in a state of emergency for years can take

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A Link Between Autism And Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

A Link Between Autism And Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

“Scientists from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have discovered a link between autism and gastrointestinal issues. A new study found children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were two-and-a-half times more likely to experience persistent gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms as infants and toddlers than children without autism.” Source

The symptoms may vary

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Basic Tips For Best Results

Basic Tips For Best Results

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Here are 31 tips for teachers, educators, aides, and parents to work more effectively with children on the autism spectrum.
General tips

Always think SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY! This is the top priority when working with children, and especially special needs kids.
Greet the student first by saying her/his name when she/he comes in. “Johnny! Good morning!” instead of

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