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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

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

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

Simple Tips To Make Your Child Enjoy School

Simple Tips To Make Your Child Enjoy School

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

Your child spends a good part of her day in school. To maximize the benefits from this time in school here are some simple tips to be shared with your child’s teacher. Parents and school’s staff’s cooperation will achieve best results. Sensory integration issues can be overwhelming. If your child have very sensitive ears to [&hellip

High Perceptual Skill As Early Sign Of Autism

High Perceptual Skill As Early Sign Of Autism

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

One of the strengths that people with autism enjoy is their sharp visual skills. That’s why we call them “visual thinkers” versus “verbal thinkers” in the case of typically developed individuals. Consequently, one of the signs of autism to look for, is paying attention to small details. Read more about the signs of autism in [&hellip

A Special ID For Drivers With Autism

A Special ID For Drivers With Autism

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

This is a brilliant idea for drivers on the autism spectrum in Alabama, which can hopefully be extended nationwide. A special identification card can now be issued for drivers who have been diagnosed with autism. It costs $10. This card explains briefly but clearly how drivers with autism can be challenged with their condition. Communication [&hellip

Traveling Tips

Traveling Tips

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

Make sure your child has some interest in the destination you have decided to spend your vacation at. Museums and scientific sites can be too boring for your 3 or 4 years old. Choose age appropriate activities. Sensory integration issues and allergies are very important factors to be taken into consideration. Too hot, too humid, [&hellip

Traveling By Plane With A Child With Autism

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

Traveling with a child with autism by plane can be very challenging. If you have decided to fly for your summer vacation, make sure you are well-prepared. Try to make the experience of traveling by airplane a positive and memorable one for your child with ASD. Airline companies are now competing and making more effort [&hellip