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How to Use Sensory Tools to Calm and Focus Autistic Children

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Sensory tools can help focus and calm any child but more specifically a child with autism. Some of the sensory tools I have found success within my classroom are: Pea Pod Swings Body Sock Weighted/Compression Vests Pea Pod   One of the easiest tools to introduce to a child without …

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The Best Sensory Products for Autistic Children

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Sensory products are useful for calming and focusing autistic children. They provide stimuli, vestibular and proprioceptive input when needed and are comforting.  Here is our list of Best Sensory Products for Autistic Children—the ones that I use with my children and personally love. These are my must-have’s.    Pea Pod …

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Autism Potty Training

Autism Potty Training

Enjoy The Ultimate Guide to Autism Potty Training! Infographic brought to you by Autism Parenting Magazine. Autism Parenting Magazine gives you access to: · Expert advice from our team of respected autism professionals. · Solutions for dealing with sensory issues. · Advice for handling common transitions. · Therapies to help …

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Feeding Clinics for Autistic Children: Did you know some autistic children cannot eat solid food?

Some children with autism cannot eat solid foods because of sensory issues in the mouth and throat, or because of GI issues.  While uncommon, this scenario exists.  The affected children can only eat pureed foods. For these children, a feeding clinic can be the best option. At the 2016 “Feeding Disorders …

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Step-by-Step Guide: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR AUTISTIC CHILD ONLY EATS CERTAIN FOODS?

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The following post was written by Nicole Bureau, a wonderful pre-school Special Education Teacher, and friend of mine.  Help me welcome Nicole to my website as a new contributing author.  I hope you will all keep a look out for more posts as she shares her expertise and advice about …

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A gut connection: Can probiotics help autism?

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I have a gazillion gut issues from IBS to my recently diagnosed Celiac disease.  This has made me acutely aware of how important probiotics can be.  Since starting a daily regime of prebiotics and probiotics–yes, we need both–my gut issues have lessened.  Although I have no issues taking capsule forms …

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Social Stories for Autistic Children

Social stories are a great way to prepare autistic children for events, changes in routine, and activities of daily living. Below find an infographic brought to you by Autism Parenting Magazine. This infographic is an excellent summary. I hope you find it helpful and take a moment to let me …

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Three Things that Helped my Autistic Kids to Sleep

Sleeping is a huge struggle in our house. We have trouble falling asleep, more trouble staying asleep, and it’s a nightmare at bedtime getting our tribe to settle down. Admittedly, little has worked for getting the boys, or me for that matter, to sleep. But of the many things we’ve …

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Insomnia After Going Gluten-Free: Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Hi Everyone,   Recently, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.   Celiac is beyond Gluten Intolerance, it is an auto-immune disease. When gluten is introduced into the system– no matter how minuscule–antibodies are formed and my immune system attacks the inside of my intestines. There is no cure for Celiac …

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I’m ALWAYS Lost! Nothing has Changed; Place-Blindness on Campus; An Extremely Frazzled MFA Residency Experience

Does anyone else have to constantly look back at their life, and the things that they wrote in the past to remind themselves that they have been through this before? Lately, I have gone back and read my old blog posts, even parts of my memoir to be reminded that …

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