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10 Tips to Negotiate a Successful IEP for Kids with High-Functioning Autism

It can be intimidating for parents of children with specific needs to address school teachers and leaders in IEP meetings. Over the years, my husband and I have attended many IEP meetings together. We’ve found that mutual success occurs when good negotiation skills are learned and practiced. We hope you’ll find the following tips helpful as you … Read more

8 Tips to Relieve Back-to-School Anxiety for Kids with Autism

8 Tips to Relieve Back-to-School Anxiety for Kids with Autism

It’s the beginning of the school year, and likely you and your child have survived the first week. For many kids with autism, the first few days are overwhelming and full of fear, meltdowns, and a variety of other behaviors. With my son, who’s now in eigth grade, the transition was better this year, even … Read more

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Is it Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism?

Should I refer to my child as having high-functioning aspergers or high-functioning autism? Years ago, my initial response to this question was, “Does it really matter?” Today, I still don’t think the specifics matter much because the needed treatments and coping skills are largely the same for both. In a nutshell, autism has a language delay, while aspergers supposedly does … Read more

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Summer Reading Practice for Tricky Words

It’s so important to practice reading with your child every day–especially if they’re a struggling reader and especially during the summer break. And you don’t have to spend hours doing it. In fact, it’s best to just make reading fun–for as long as your child is interested in a particular book or reading activity. Playing word games and reading aloud are the best ways to help them practice and hone their reading skills. I emphasize that your child needs your direct help. He or she needs to hear you spell and pronounce words.

Not sure of your own reading skills? Now’s a good time to learn together. Use a dictionary or Google words in question to learn how they’re spelled and what they mean. Then talk about the meaning of the words you are practicing and how to use them in sentences. Not sure where to begin? If your child is old enough, at about third grade, depending on their reading level, you can begin with the tricky words listed and explained here.

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