Sexuality and children with ASD, understanding appropriate behavior

Learning to understand and correct inappropriate behavior early in the life of a child with autism will increase their confidence and ability in finding and sustaining an intimate relationship later on. To be effective in correcting what is generally received as inappropriate behavior (out of place, crossing personal boundaries, causing shock, alarm, or social awkwardness), […]

Pros and Cons of Hiring an Advocate

Any parent of a child with special-needs knows that working with the school system can be stressful. Some school districts are more willing than others to make accommodations, and many parents simply do not have the time or energy to research the laws or fight for their rights. Special education lawyers are expensive, and bringing […]

Sexuality and Children with ASD

As children grow, they will experience changes in their bodies, and along with these normal physical changes, children will begin to feel sexual desire and curiosity about their sexuality. This process of evolving from a child into a young man or a young woman happens whether or not a child has autism. Children with autism […]

What is Autism Advocacy?

The the main categories of autism advocates. It’s a word anybody who is familiar with the autism community has heard – advocacy. It seems as though everybody is an advocate for autism. Some are advocating for better services, and for laws aimed to help families and fund research. Others are advocating for their own children, […]

Homeschooling: How to Get Started

So you’ve gone over the pros and cons, and decided to give it a try. Congratulations! In our last in the series on homeschooling we look at suggestions to help you get started: 1. Find out what the laws are in your state or country. As a homeschooler, you will be responsible for maintaining your […]

Sign Language and Individuals with ASD

Adapted sign language can be a very valuable tool when teaching non-verbals learners on the autism spectrum to communicate functionally. For non-verbal children on the autism spectrum, the signs that are put in place are « adapted signs » meaning they are based on American or British sign language signs but made simpler. This may involve teaching […]

Jessica Katherine Ouderkirk’s school project on autism – touching others

New York, USA – Jessica Katherine Ouderkirk  a senior in High School recently took her presentation on the Autism Spectrum Disorder to various classes for two weeks as part of an Autism Awareness Project. She then decided to load it on to You Tube. Jessica’s decided to create another video which covered her own personal […]

Disadvantages of homeschooling children with ASD

There are many advantages to homeschooling a child with autism, but there are also difficulties that parents need to be aware of before they take that step. One of the biggest disadvantages parents cite is the lack of free time for themselves. Raising a child with autism can be exhausting. Many require constant supervision. Lots […]

Advantages of Homeschooling A Child With Autism

Flexibility of homeschooling those with autism Many parents of children with autism have considered homeschooling at one time or another. Educating a child with autism can be a challenge, and many schools are not up to the task. Even schools with highly qualified teachers and excellent programming cannot give a child the one-on-one personal attention […]

Autism and Preparing the Way for Romance

Validating the sexuality of those with autism It’s common for the parents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum to steer clear of the topic of sex and avoid sex education. As autistic children become adults, they are sometimes considered childlike, without the desire or the need for increasing degrees of intimate experiences that […]