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13 Highly Recommended Books

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

The following are books that I have read and learned a lot from. They helped me in my job working with autistic kids. Non-fiction: Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin – An autistic adult telling her own struggling and suffering with her condition as an Asperger, and how she became a huge success 10 Things [&hellip

Tips for Educators, Aides or Instructional Assistants

Tips for Educators, Aides or Instructional Assistants

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Here are 31 tips for teachers, aides and instructional assistants to work more effectively with autistic children. General tips Think SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY! This is the number one priority when working with children, especially special education kids. Greet the student by saying her/his name first when she/he comes in. “Johnny! Good morning!” instead of just [&hellip

The Importance of a Daily Schedule

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

We all need some organization and planning to be efficient, productive and relaxed throughout the day. Autistic children, in particular, need a daily schedule in order to picture in their mind how the day will go for them. Their notion of time is different, what appears for “normal” people to be slow might appear to [&hellip

Communication

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

Humans are social beings. We need to communicate in order to function as a society. Without communication we cannot have peace, harmony and support for each other. Parents of children with special needs are particularly required to be active and proactive communicators. Why? From my experience, parents who lock themselves up in their shells tend to aggravate [&hellip

Parents in Denial

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting

To parents of kids on the autism spectrum (AS) Please don’t live in denial! It’s a waste of time. You are not doing your child any favor. Accept the fact and move on towards the process of helping your child to have a better life. Let me tell you about what happens if you do [&hellip