We want to use this blog not only to address relevant topics but to speak directly to YOU. This is for the newly diagnosed parent, the undiagnosed parent, the exasperated parent, the hopeless parent, the warrior parent…..we want you all.
Teach your child what a friend is and why friends are important. Some children with autism struggle with social interaction. Teaching them the benefits of friendship can be helpful. Social stories and other tools can help with this. Play dates! Try to set up play dates and activities that you think your child will enjoy to...Read More
The teen years can be rough for anyone… and certainly a teen with asd can be especially challenging. Finding a community of people can be a great gift during these years. SASI has a social/life skills group that we run and the kids that participate in it can feel a sense of belonging and friendship which...Read More
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an autism screening at all 18- and 24-month well-child visits and anytime a parent or doctor has concerns. But you don’t have to wait. You can request an autism screening any time from your child’s doctor and/or your states early intervention program. Such a screening does not diagnose autism. Rather,...Read More
Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism (HFA) are often referred to as the same diagnosis. There has been great debate as to whether that diagnosis is necessary and recently the term “Asperger Syndrome” has been phased out. It all falls under the greater umbrella of Autism and is just acknowledged as varying levels of autism spectrum...Read More
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. The term “spectrum” reflects...Read More