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Autism and the Sibling’s Perspective Day 2

theautismblog: Your name and age:

KN, 8.

theautismblog: Your brother’s name and age:

JN, 10.

theautismblog: What kind of things do you do for fun?

For fun I go to camps, swim, watch TV, and play with my babysitter. Read full post »

Autism and the Sibling’s Perspective

If you were to Google the definition of “sibling” this is what you would find, “One of two or more individuals having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.” Seems pretty clear, a simple relationship, not very interesting. There’s nothing about frustration, laughter or botched trips to the grocery store. It doesn’t say anything about a friend or a partner in crime. The siblings we got to interview ranged in age from 8-25 and with that their answers. One thing they all had in common is their candid perspectives of what it’s like to have a sibling with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the love they have for their siblings. This week we are going to share those interviews with you. Read full post »

Autism and General Education

We recently connected with elementary school teacher, Chris Cooper, to get his perspective on teaching students with autism in a general education classroom.  Here’s what he had to say:

theautismblog: Can you tell us how you became so familiar with autism? 

Mr. Cooper: I am a fourth grade teacher in a general education class in Washington and I’ve had students with autism in my classroom. But 99.9% of what I know about autism comes from being a stepparent of a child with autism.  Read full post »

Autism Treatments Wrap Up

We hope our series on autism treatments has been helpful in sorting through the realm of possibilities for your child.

In wrapping up, whether you are considering discrete trial training, diet modifications, or social skills training, here are some questions to ask yourself and/or a professional you trust:

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A Visit With The Dentist

Oral hygiene is an essential part of a person’s overall health, but it can often be a struggle for children with autism, particularly among those with sensory issues. For example, the taste and texture of toothpaste and the toothbrush may be difficult for some children to handle, making it hard to incorporate best practices in dental hygiene as part of their daily routine. For parents struggling to help their child maintain their oral health, we sat down and spoke with Travis Nelson, DDS, MPH and have created a video that offers tips and tricks on how to overcome the challenges you may be experiencing with your child on this matter.

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