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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Link

Another successful STRIDE swimming program is in the books! The program focuses on teaching children ages 4-21 the basics of swimming and water safety; and for the more advanced swimmer, teaches stroke work and easy competition skills for Special Olympics. With the support of grant funding from Autism Speaks, STRIDE was able to fund the program

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Link

My almost 3-year-old was recently diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder. We struggle going places such as open gym or even the library because he doesn't like other kids in his space. He does okay with adults, but other kids make him extremely anxious. How do I help him become more comfortable when other children are playing in the same area or with the same set of toys?

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Link

This guest post is from Lauren Casper, a mom blogger at Laurencasper.com. Lauren is the mother of two beautiful pre-schoolers, one being on the autism spectrum.

I sat on the couch, holding my breath, watching Mareto play with a pile of squishy rubber blocks. It was a warm summer morning, and Mareto was quiet and focused as he placed one block on top of another. I was silent, afraid to move and ruin his process. A little stream of drool began running from the corner of his mouth, a sign that he was really working hard to concentrate.

He reached over to the pile

Thursday, June 29, 2017 Link

My daughter is 16, on the spectrum and non-verbal. Sometimes she starts pulling her own hair out. Often it’s when she’s angry or upset. Sometime it’s out of nowhere. I’ve tried a bandana, hand fidgets. Currently she has a completely bald spot, despite getting a very short haircut. Her teachers says to ignore it, since it’s for attention. But if I ignore her, she will pull out more hair and bring it to me for a reaction. I need some suggestions.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 Link

Below is a post by Ethan, a teenager with autism. He was diagnosed with high functioning autism at age two. Ethan's goals in life are to have fun, continue his entrepreneurial goals, and to make people happy! You can read more from Ethan on his blog thejourneythroughautism.com or on Facebook/Instagram @

Advice, Parents, teens
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Link

An Autism Speaks Weatherstone fellow explores how early sex-differences in typical development may help explain autism’s skewed sex ratio

Friday, June 23, 2017 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Kim is also the author of a blog about her two children with autism, at autismmommytherapist.wordpress.com

It seems impossible, but somehow you’ve crossed everything off your

Thursday, June 15, 2017 Link

Kerry Magro is an award-winning international motivational speaker and best-selling author who’s on the autism spectrum. A version of his blog originally appeared on Kerrymagro.com here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 Link

Happy Father's Day from Autism Speaks! We would like to thank all the dads in the autism community for being an integral part of the "village" it takes to raise a child on the autism spectrum. Words cannot describe the lasting impact your love and support has on your child's future. 

 

 

Father's Day
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Link

This guest blog post is by Chris Clinch, a small business owner in Toronto, Ontario. His only child has autism.

I remember the day like it was yesterday, Saturday April 19th, 2014. The Child Psychologist who had finished assessing our 1 year 10-month old son informed my wife and I that our son had autism spectrum disorder. I had known for some time before his assessment this would be the result, as Tyler was completely non-communicative at the time, but it still didn’t take away the feeling of being punched in the gut when his Child Psychologist said those