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Children and Autism

As babies become toddlers and toddlers become school-aged children, parents may become concerned about delays and behaviors that suggest autism. What are the early signs of autism? What is early intervention? How can parents find the resources they need to reach, teach and support their youngsters on the autism spectrum?
  1. Autism Books for Kids (3)
  2. Diagnosing Autism in Kids (8)
  3. Early Intervention (7)
  4. Parenting Autism How-To's (29)
  5. Preschool and Autism (5)

Sports Autism - Best Sports for Kids with Autism
What are the best sports for kids with autism? How do you prepare your child to participate in sports? How do you prepare the coach to support your child? Share your insights, experiences and recommendations.

Best Sports for Kids with Autism
Which are the best sports for kids with autism? Hint: soccer may not be top of the list!

Asperger Syndrome - How to Explain Your Child's Asperger Syndrome
Asperger syndrome is invisible, at least some of the time. At other times, though, symptoms rise to the surface. When should parents tell their children that they have Asperger syndrome? When and how should parents explain Asperger syndrome to other adults?

Toilet Training and Autism - Tips for Toilet Training a Child…
Have you successfully toilet trained a child with autism? Share your top tips with readers.

Teach Your Child with Autism to Use Playground Equipment
How do you use a swing? What are the rules of using a seesaw? Here are three free posters that provide clear, visual, step-by-step instructions to preschoolers and early elementary students with autism and developmental delays.

Toys for the Child with Autism
Children with autism love toys as much as anyone -- but it can be hard to know just what to buy an autistic child for Christmas, Hannuakah, birthdays, or other celebrations. Of course, the first step is to the child just what they'd like you to purchase. But if you can't get the information you need just by asking, you can check out these options provided by toy distributors.

Why Does My Child With Autism Repeat Words and Phrases?
If you're the parent of a verbal child diagnosed with autism, you may have heard your child repeat bits and pieces from videos or other sources. This type of communication is called "echolalia." It's a unique form of speech - and though it's thought of as a "symptom," it can also be a great place to start working with your child.

How to Explain Your Child's Asperger Syndrome
Asperger syndrome is invisible, at least some of the time. At other times, though, symptoms rise to the surface. When should parents tell their children that they have Asperger syndrome? When and how should parents explain Asperger syndrome to other adults?

Good Reasons for Allowing Autistic Children to Watch TV and Videos
You know that autistic children need therapy and interaction. Lots of interaction. And TV, we're told, is the opposite of interaction. But television, videos and even video games can serve many positive purposes -- both for our kids...and for us!

Tips for Understanding and Managing Your Autistic Child's Behavior
Your child with autism won't sit down for dinner. Insists on climbing the entertainment center. Loses control at the grocery store. Here are hints and tips for understanding and managing your autistic child's behavior.

Enjoy Halloween with Your Autistic Child
Halloween is one of those holidays that both attracts and overwhelms children on the autism spectrum. Follow these steps to prepare for a terrific Halloween experience!

Ideas for Using Thomas the Tank Engine as a Teaching Tool
Does your child with autism love Thomas the Tank Engine? If so, you're not alone. Here are some tips for making the most of your child's passion by harnessing Thomas's teaching power.

Prepare for Playground Inclusion: Slide Photos
Prepare your little one for playground inclusion with this photo poster!

What Is Lack of Joint Attention in Autism?
If you have a child with autism, you may have heard therapists tell you that your child needs to work on something called "joint attention." What is joint attention, and why is it important?

A Parent's Introduction to Play and Autism
This introduction to play and autism offers parents tips and resources for overcoming some serious challenges. Yes, you can play with your autistic child!

Play with an Autistic Child - What Are Your Tips for Helping Parents Play...
Play doesn't come naturally to an autistic child, and it may be easy for his parents, either. What are your best tips for helping parents connect and have fun with their autistic child? How can parents combine play, bonding and therapy?

Why Children with Autism Deserve Rules and Discipline
Yes, children with autism misbehave. And, like other children, they need your help to learn about acceptable options for expressing emotions and needs.

Five Reasons to Celebrate Our Autistic Children's Small Victories
Celebration is a part of every happy family life. And yes, there's plenty to celebrate when you have a child with autism.


Despite their challenges, children with autism handle higher expectations than their typical peers. Maybe it's time to take it down a notch!

What Is an Autistic Meltdown?
What is an autistic meltdown? It's not quite the same thing as an ordinary temper tantrum. Learn about warning signals and how to interpret them.

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