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My Typical Son. Life As An Autism Brother.

READ this interesting article on how one mother balances life with having one "typical" son and one son on the Autism Spectrum. 

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Back to School Social Skills Rules All Parents Need to Know

Back to School Social Rules

By Alaina Urbantke

Three months of well-deserved rest and relaxation is par the course for busy students.  But those days vanish like the summer wind, to make a Sinatra reference.  In light of this, it is advisable to mix activities that exercise your child’s brain and body in the midst of lazy days.  For parents of students with ASD, additional preparations must be made concerning social skills.  This article will cover the essentials that will help your child maintain good social standing among teachers and peers.

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Autism in Pop Culture

As mentioned in a previous article, the storylines and scenes which revolve around characters that have Autism have the chance to connect with their audience when the research is utilized.  Another way that those characters can be relatable is by the relationships that they make with their family and friends.  With them, these following movies and television episodes, all of which can be streamed on Amazon Video, could be considered as additional examples of portraying people with Autism and similar special needs.

1) Lifetime’s 2004 TV film, Miracle Run, features Mary-Louise Parker as Corrine, the mother of twin boys who are diagnosed with autism, and also Zac Efron (before his break-out role in High School Musical) as Steven, one of her twins.  Corrine’s love for her children, as well as her perseverance to make a good life for them, influences both Steven and his brother Phillip to pursue their own interests.  When each of them encounter an obstacle-Phillip becoming nervous during his in-person audition for a music school and Steven seeing a girl he has a crush on with another boy right before he’s about to compete in a cross-country race, each of them find the courage and self-confidence to pick themselves up.

2) One of Sesame Street’s recent episodes, “Meet Julia,” introduces the title character by means presenting the friendships she has with Elmo and Abby and later gains with Big Bird.  Meanwhile, Big Bird’s developing friendship with Julia incorporates a progression of understanding of Autism for Big Bird and also the intended audience with moments that reflect some of its characteristics.  Those moments include Julia and her friends creating a new game called “boing tag” and Julia’s response to the loud sirens that unexpectedly appear.

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Think You Know the Difference between Autism and Asperger's? Think Again!

A Peak under the Umbrella

By Alaina Urbantke

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an umbrella term used to categorize a variety of conditions, varying greatly in symptoms and levels of function.  With many possible diagnoses, it is important to differentiate among the variety of disorders under its classification.  The intent of this article is to examine two conditions, Asperger Syndrome and autism, in order to illuminate their characteristics.

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Summer Travel Tips to Keep Your Summer Easy & Breezy!

Tips to Prepare for Summer Planning

Summer is here and for many children, it means endless ways to enjoy the summer break.  For those families who have children with autism or similar special needs, making plans for the summer can appear overwhelming at first.  However, the act of planning can feel more prepared by considering the following tips while placing summer plans in the process:

1) Schedule and Plan:

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