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Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism

By:RedFin Blog

When you’re on the autism spectrum, the qualities that make up a soothing home atmosphere require a lot more consideration. As those diagnosed in childhood grow into adults, they may discover that the specific daily challenges they run into are changing, but the need to have a tranquil living space remains ever-important.

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How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities


Children of all abilities and needs should have room to play and explore their world. In fact, play is so important for a child’s development that the United Nations declared play is a human right for children. Making your home a place where a child with special needs can be active takes more than a look around. You’ll want to brainstorm ways the outside can be an inclusive sanctuary for children of all abilities, too.

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I stopped calling autistic people ‘high-functioning’ because of my son. Here’s why.

By:Lynn Adams via

My 10-year-old son can change from an adorable, quirky little dude to an aggressive screamer in a second. He sinks so far, so fast, that I forget about his strengths and drown in his weaknesses. I wish I could make it stop. There’s a diagnosis that explains it: autism.

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The Secret Sensory Culprit That Makes Reading and Writing Challenging for Your Child

By:Heather Greutman via Growing Hands-On Kids

“No, ma’am, his eyesight is perfect.” Ironically, that’s not at all the answer you wanted. Your 7-year-old is having a very hard time learning to read and write. He mixes up letters, he skips words… he even complains of nausea when he needs to do reading in the classroom. You were so hoping that this was all a case of needing glasses, and then all would be smooth sailing.

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15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

By:by Rachel Wise, CAS (via IBCCES)

In this article you will find 15 supportive behavior strategies for children on the autism spectrum (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the strategies can also be used to help children without autism who have challenging behaviors.

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How Sensory Processing Disorder Looks a Lot Like ADHD

By:ADDitude Magazine

The Avoider. The Seeker. The Jumbler. The Slumper. The symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder these kids demonstrate are often mistaken for ADHD. Sensory Processing Disorder is not just about itchy tags. It is a complex and multi-faceted condition that is often mistaken for ADHD, anxiety, and other conditions. A must-read for parents.

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Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show

By:CBC News

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may fidget, tap and swivel around in a chair much more than normally developing children because it helps them to learn complex material, psychologists have found.

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Dysgraphia: The Learning Disability You Need To Know About

By:Elizabeth Broadbent via ScaryMommy

It starts this way. Your child has trouble with a proper grip on his spoon or fork. Later, a proper pencil grip becomes a problem, as does cutting with scissors. While all kids reverse letters and numbers, at some point, they stop — but your child doesn’t. He has difficulty with basic punctuation, with forming his letters.

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How Visual Notes Helped a Student With a Learning Disability Thrive

By:Education Week

Brodie was a bright elementary art student with a quick and dry sense of humor. He liked to draw—he loved to draw—and he was good at it. His solutions to our project problems in elementary art always pushed the limits of the assignments, and as his art teacher, I found my answer to his frequent question of "Can I do it this way?" was "Why not?"

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Help Prevent the Removal of Critical ADHD Protections!

By:CHADD Leadership Blog

The US Department of Education has issued a list of regulations and guidance to eliminate under Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” CHADD has become aware that the ADHD Guidance is on this list. The Department is asking for public comments about which regulations and guidance to keep, remove, or modify. CHADD appreciates this opportunity and would like everyone to show support for protecting students’ rights. If you want to tell the Department how important the ADHD Guidance is to our children, you can submit your own comments asking the US Department of Education to retain the ADHD Guidance—officially called the “Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on ADHD”— as active guidance.

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