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The Three Major Goals: Independence, Communication, Socialization

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

Parents and educators, there are many goals you wish you could achieve all at once, as you raise or educate a child with autism. This is a forceful positive attitude! I am not asking you to abandon your dreams and wishes. All I am saying is, prioritize your dreams and wishes. Most importantly, know that [&hellip

Autism Tips For Summer School

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

We cannot plan for the summer break without considering summer school. This is an option that some kids are eligible for upon parents’ request. It is usually a half day four-week period shortly after summer break starts. Depending on the school staff, it is a mix of academic work and fun activities, almost 50-50. In [&hellip

Have You Planned For Your Child's Summer break Yet? (Part 1)

Have You Planned For Your Child’s Summer break Yet? (Part 1)

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

In the two posts Home-Schooling and A Special Interest Is Power I talked about the importance of encouraging individuals with autism, and special needs in general, to practice and develop their special interests and talents. The summer break, in particular, is a great time to do so. First, it is the longest break of the [&hellip

10 Inspiring Temple Grandin Quotes

10 Inspiring Temple Grandin Quotes

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

Mary Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American professor of animal science in Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the “hug box”, a device to calm those on the autism spectrum. The subject on an award-wininning, 2010 [&hellip

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy

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

Here is another “natural” therapy for children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Equine therapy helps them improve their social and communication skills, as well as getting over some of the anxiety and stress imposed from the sensory overload of the environment they suffer from. The rhythmic movement of a horse has a calming and relaxing [&hellip

Dance Therapy

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

Humans don’t necessarily need a language to communicate. Luckily, nonvocal and nonverbal communication come with numerous presentations. As you may have seen in the last few posts, art is one of the most effective ways to communicate, like painting, drawing, and playing a musical instrument. Having a pet, is another way to express feelings and [&hellip

Make The Doctor's Visit A Pleasant Experience

Make The Doctor’s Visit A Pleasant Experience

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

One of the most common problems parents face on a regular basis is taking their child with autism to the doctor or dentist office. Even if the environment was friendly and the doctor/dentist and team are patient, children with autism don’t like to be closely approached, or touched, let alone having any intrusion to their [&hellip

“I Have A Dream”

By Nadia Shanab | autism

April, the autism awareness month, is back! This is a perfect opportunity to express my hopes and emotions regarding autism in our daily life. I hope one day people reach the point of accepting all individuals with autism the way they are. According to the CDC, the prelevance has jumped to one child in sixty-eight [&hellip

Number of Cases of Autism Is on The Rise

By Nadia Shanab | autism

The reason of autism has not been found yet as we talk. However, the number of children diagnosed with autism is on the rise. The question will ramain: Is it because doctors can better diagnose it now? Or it is actually the real number of children born with autism is increasing? According to the CDC [&hellip

Video: A Mother Trusted Her Intuition to Achieve What Professionals Failed to Attain

By Nadia Shanab | autism

Watch this video of a mother Christine Barnett and her son with autism, Jacob, who lost his speech at the age of two. She helped her son not only recover his speech, but uncovered the genius hidden within him. ww3.tvo.org/video/195481/tapping-potential Tip Work and build on what your child can do best, and stop dwelling on [&hellip