Driving with Autism: How to prepare for your driver’s test

As a teen or young adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), your decision to drive is an important one and one that should not be taken lightly. Driving is a vital part of one’s development, giving you newfound independence with access to your community and the world beyond.  Studies from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shows that two-thirds of adolescents with higher-functioning autism …

Signs of Autism in Girls – Is Asperger’s in Women Overlooked?

Girls with autism are often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and lack the essential support they need according to recent studies. Research by Brown University indicates that autism and Asperger’s syndrome are more common than previously thought and girls are more likely to be diagnosed 1.5 years later than boys. One of the reasons for this is the symptoms of autism in women …

Being an Autistic Student: 6 Insights and Working Tips

Just being a student is stressful enough sometimes provided that everything is created and designed for you and your abilities. The college programs, dorms, extra activities – everything is made for people without ASD. That’s why it is extremely hard sometimes to be an autistic student. Of course, there are many organizations, services, and platforms to offer various assistance. Some …

Is a Therapy Dog Right for Your Child with Autism

Autism or autism spectrum disorder is a set of conditions with symptoms such as repetitive behaviors, challenges in communication and social skills, sleep disorders and sensory sensitivities. For many children, the signs of autism begin to become apparent by the age of two or three. Sometimes autism developmental delays may lead to an even earlier diagnosis. There are varying degrees …

Your Backyard can be your Autistic Child’s Sanctuary

With so many parts of the world inaccessible for people with autism, it’s hard to see your autistic child feel out of place. Although you work to help your child learn to cope and thrive in adverse environments, you can also create a space made just for them. Here are some tips for designing an autism-friendly backyard for your child. …

12 Popular Games Adapted for Children with Autism

Play is often described as the “work” of childhood, where children can make friendships, learn social skills, come to understand expected group behavior, consequences, turn taking, and cooperation, not to mention have some fun! Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can reap these same benefits by playing games with other kids, though many do not naturally gain the aforementioned skills …

Safety Tips and Products for Kids with Autism

Every parent worries about their child’s safety. Parents of children with autism worry more, and for good reason. Children with autism are both more vulnerable and more likely to place themselves in harm’s way than typically developing kids of the same age. Fortunately, there are a number of steps parents can take to avoid risk and make it easier to address safety issues when …

How to stop children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from Wandering

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder are often struggling to manage their child’s wandering and whereabouts. Nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorder try to wander or run off, causing tremendous concern to parents and guardians. However, understanding and monitoring your child’s wandering can help put a stop to this behavior. Read more

How to explain Autism to Children

“Trying to explain autism spectrum disorders to anyone – children or adults – is tricky because it’s complicated,” says Dr. Sandy Burkhardt, a child psychologist with Indy-based Children’s Resource Group. “I say, if we can’t make it simple, let’s at least try to make it clear.” That, experts say, means using age-appropriate language, not shaming children for asking questions and …