Imagine waking up the last day of your perfect Walt Disney vacation to find that your 3-year-old autistic daughter is missing. You don’t know if she’s dead or drowned in the resort’s pool or kidnapped. You fear you’ll never see her again or know what happened. Sadly, this phenomenon is all too common today among children with autism. It’s called autism wandering and it’s terrifying.
Kids with autism are often misunderstood, but for me, raising my autistic daughter these last 12 years has been a pleasure, an honor, and a challenge that has matured me. Along the way, I’ve learned so many things, that I thought it would be a great idea to share them with you. And with autism rates on the rise again, this information may be critical.
Something remarkable happened this fall but I bet you didn’t know about it. The CDC updated its latest research on autism prevalence and other disabilities in the U.S for the last two years. Their findings are pretty shocking: 1 in 36 autism cases for kids aged 3 to 17. Developmental disability increased “significantly” from 2014 to 2016, from 5.76% to 6.99%. If we have 73 million
When you’re a parent raising kids with autism, you need a lot of tools to get you through. Here are THE top autism books I recommend to any parent raising a child with autism who wants to learn to help their kid. This page contains my affiliate links. How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger’s: I did a full review of
My first product is here and it’s made to help people raising kids with autism. The Autism Planning Workbook is just for you if you can answer yes to these questions: Do you have an autistic child and are struggling with issues and behaviors? Are you overwhelmed by school meetings, special diets, and countless therapies? Tired of wasting money on protocols and diets when you’re
As the parent of kids with disabilities, I have found that eliminating certain foods from my girls’ diets has brought them a wealth of behavioral, physical and developmental improvement. Special diets for autism and other disabilities can bring with it a lot of benefits for a child. However, if your child seems fairly even keel at present and you haven’t made great strides, it might
I’ve read a few posts with similar titles that have either made me angry or were gratuitous pitches, so as someone who’s been an autism mom for over 3 years now, I thought I’d answer your question. Here is a list of things you need to know when raising a child with an autism diagnosis: How To Handle Your Child’s Autism Diagnosis 1. Acknowledge your
As you all know, I believe that many of the negative medical, social and behavioral issues are environmental. Because I believe that, I also tend to believe that every issue is solvable. Just to clarify, when I say “issue,” what I mean is “problem.” For example, the behavior of not sleeping in enough consecutive hours is not just troublesome and bad for the brain, it can also
As you may know, I’ve been struggling with my daughter. In spring of 2016, she showed her school she could do advanced math calculations. She was on the rise in every way, and I was on top of the world. And then puberty hit. This is naturally a difficult time for any kid, but for children with autism, puberty can set them back. We saw a
You’re stuck. Your child is not doing any better, or regressing, or your doctor has simply shrugged his shoulders, or said, “It’s just autism/his disability.” In your gut, though, you know something is wrong but no one seems to know how to help. You see friends who have kids with similar issues that are thriving. Why can’t yours? You want to do an autism intervention protocol but you don’t know