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5 Tips to Make July 4th Fun for Kiddos with Special Needs

by Jessy | Jun 27, 2017 | 4th of July, special needs, tips |

The picnics, music, and fireworks that make July 4th so exciting may be overwhelming or even painful for special needs kids, especially those with autism and other sensory sensitivities. These children can easily get overwhelmed by noise and...

9 Tips for Surviving Holiday Gatherings with a Child with Autism

Let’s face it, the holidays can get pretty crazy. You eat things that you normally don’t eat and see people that you don’t regularly see. You're in a new environment surrounded by things that you aren’t familiar with. Add in a child on the autism...

"Have Love, Will Travel" - 9 Traveling Tips for Autism

We may do different things to celebrate the multitude of holidays in December with our families, but we all tend have one thing in common -- typically we have to travel some amount of distance to get to them! Any amount of travel can be...

Winter is Coming - Transition Tips for Children with Autism

The weather outside is getting cooler which means hot chocolate, family gatherings, and snow; but for children with autism, it also means a change in activities and clothing that they have been comfortable with for the last several months....

Tips for Passing Out Candy at Home - Autism Awareness Edition

For those that might not be familiar with autism, it is important to understand that each child who comes to your door trick or treating has different abilities -- some more extreme than others. Certain behaviors might not be or mean what they...

Teachers! Here are 5 Tips for Handling Halloween with Students with Autism!

With Halloween just around the corner, students with autism are beginning to get both excited and anxious about their Halloween school celebrations. As an experienced special education teacher, I was always nervous for my students on Halloween...

7 Back-to-School Tips for Your Child with Autism

Returning to school is both stressful and exciting for children and adults alike. Transitioning means changes and changes are hard for everyone - especially for families of autism! Our brains and our bodies do not always like changes because this...

School's Out! AHSS's 5 Tips for Summer Transition!

I remember as a child being so excited for summer break. After spending several months waking up early, listening to teachers talk about topics that didn’t always interest me, and doing what seemed like endless amounts of homework assignments, it...

Tips for Celebrating the 4th of July with a child with autism

What comes to your mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Fireworks, barbeques, festivals, and spending time outdoors – sounds fun, doesn’t it? For most people it can be an exciting time of celebration. However, for some children with autism...

Top 6 must-have books for parents of children on the spectrum

by Jessy | Jan 26, 2016 | autism, blog, books, parents, popular, tips, weekly list |

One of our most popular blog posts is this one on top 17 books about autism. Today we'd like to hone in on some of the top books geared to the parents of children with autism. In this article, they deem 6 books as must-have for parents. Some may...

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