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Before You Go To An IEP Meeting

Before You Go To An IEP Meeting

By 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 [&hellip

How To Create A Flexible Schedule

By 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 [&hellip

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

By 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 [&hellip

What Is It Like To Have Autism?

What Is It Like To Have Autism?

By 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 [&hellip

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

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

By 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 [&hellip

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

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

By 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 [&hellip

A Link Between Autism And Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

A Link Between Autism And Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

By 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 from chronic diarrhea, [&hellip

Basic Tips For Best Results

Basic Tips For Best Results

By 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 [&hellip

How To Handle A Temper Tantrum

How To Handle A Temper Tantrum

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

What Is A Temper Tantrum It is a negative attention seeking that the child resorts to, in order to communicate her/his frustration in a socially inappropriate way. Usually the child’s frustration arises when a need or a desire hasn’t been met. Temper tantrum is a form of meltdown among others, like aggression, running off, and [&hellip

A Quick Comprehension Test

A Quick Comprehension Test

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

There is a way to go into children’s mind and see how they think (especially those with poor verbal skills) and check their understanding of the language. The activity explained below engages several senses along with the thinking process. The kids usually like it because it appears to them as a game. It includes cutting, [&hellip