• Understanding Autism from the Inside

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A gut connection: Can probiotics help autism?

Probiotics autism GI issues

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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Autism Awareness is About Telling Our Stories…

“On December 26th, 1990 Marguerite Elisofon gave birth to premature twins: Samantha and Matthew. Marguerite and her husband soon noticed their daughter lagged behind her brother in ways that scared them. Samantha, they learned, was on the autistic spectrum. Most “experts” weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a normal …

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Recouping From the Holidays With Autism

So you have made it through one of the most stressful times in the year—the holidays, but it seems that your loved one with autism is taking a longer than usual time to get “back to normal.” The holidays are filled with social situations, shopping, unexpected surprises, family gatherings, and …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part VI: Grocery Shopping Online

Many people and stores are now participating in the online shopping experience. Many chains even offer the ability to shop for groceries online. This can have many benefits for the person dealing with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, especially if they also have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The ability to shop …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part V: Beyond Gift Shopping—Groceries

Family is coming over…expectations are high. This time of year places a tremendous amount of stress on everyone, and people with autism are no different. But beyond the stress of gift giving, and interacting with family that may or may not know or understand an autistic person’s struggles, is the …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part IV: Holiday Shopping Tips

You are navigating stores, people are pushing, looking for sales items, full parking lots, with a screaming ASD child in tow. Does this sound like your typical holiday shopping experience? If so, here are a few tips that may help you get through those crazy crowds and keep a small …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part III: Gift Giving and Surprises

In Part II of this series we discussed children and adults with autism’s need to know what to expect. They crave and thrive on routines. Being uncertain about what to expect, even if it is only what to expect in the box, can be a strong source of stress. Many …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part II: Family Gatherings

Family gatherings are the number one sited source of stress during the holidays for families touched by autism. Leaving the safety of home, traveling (even if just across town), and being expected to eat certain foods in a strange environment can be enough to cause a full-blown meltdown. When Family …

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Navigating the Holidays with Autism: Part I: Thanksgiving with Picky Eaters

Why are autistic children picky eaters? Many autistic children are picky eaters. The reasons are multi-faceted but the first thing to consider is sensory issues. Children with autism may be overly sensitive to tastes, smells, and textures—all of which will affect what they will or will not eat. If smells …

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