"Gratitude and respect are learned behaviors. The characteristics that encompass an autism diagnosis hinder the ability to be able to understand them. All people are ungrateful and disrespectful to some extent. The gap between neurotypical disrespectful and what you experience with your kids is autism." -Bella … [Read more...] about Why Is My Autistic Child Disrespectful?
How To Handle An Autistic Stepchild In this article I will show you how to handle an autistic stepchild. You will learn the role all three of you (you, your spouse and your stepchild) will play, and what steps you need to take. Before we dive in, we need to better understand what's being asked. This article was inspired by a question I was directly asked some time ago, and it struck a … [Read more...] about How To Handle An Autistic Stepchild
Just as important as knowing what to do with an autistic child, is knowing what NOT to do with an autistic child. As an autism parent and person who helps other autism parents, there are many mistakes I see over and over again. Some are simple oversights that people don't realize can be hurtful to an autistic child, while others can have major negative impacts that last a lifetime. … [Read more...] about What Not To Do With An Autistic Child And Why
Dating Someone With An Autistic Child As I sit down to write this, wondering where to start, I look around my office and see the pictures on my desk and on the walls. There are pictures of me and my wife and of course family photos. One photo really stands out though. It's a picture of me and my autistic step son. We are standing together, each with an arm around the other and one of his weighted … [Read more...] about Dating Someone With An Autistic Child, What You Need To Know
Why Do Autistic People Like Trains? That's a heck of a question isn't it? Don't look at me! I just take the questions that are asked and try to give you the best answer I can based on my experience. This one is asked often enough however, to warrant an article all it's own. Personally I think this may be a bit of a stereotype, but stereotypes get that way for a reason, so let's see what we can … [Read more...] about Why Do Autistic People Like Trains?
How Autism Affects The Family How autism affects the family varies based upon the severity of the diagnosis. Maintaining a healthy relationship, meeting the needs of your neurotypical children, and providing your autistic child with all that they need to succeed however, is directly impacted by your parenting, your support system, and how well you educate yourself. … [Read more...] about How Autism Affects The Family
My Child Was Diagnosed With Autism Now What? Whether it's age 4 or 14, receiving an autism diagnosis for your child can be overwhelming. Most people who don't have first hand experience with autism only know what they've heard from others, the movies and TV, which is often wrong or grossly exaggerated yet usually understated at the same time! Even if you strongly suspected that your son or … [Read more...] about My Child Was Diagnosed With Autism Now What?