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Doodle for Productivity

Has your child been in trouble for a behavior that the teacher interpreted as disengaged but which you knew was a coping strategy or sensory regulation technique? New research validates that doodling increases productivity rather than being a distraction.

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5 Steps to Preparing for Your PPT Meeting

​'Tis the season for PPT meetings, which depending on your school based support team, you either look forward to or dread. ​ Try these five steps to set the tone for an effective meeting.

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Psyche and Soma: The Key to Intercepting a Meltdown

​What are your child's somatic stress symptoms? Have you seen their skin flush when they get upset? Their breathing become rapid and shallow? The physical signs of stress can be important signals to both you and your child to take action to remove themselves from a situation or use a relaxation strategy.​

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Building and Maintaining Friendships in Middle School

​The school year is upon us. For teens and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, the most stressful factor besides a new routine is forming new friendships and renegotiating the terms of existing relationships after a summer break in which a lot of growth and change has occurred. Here are some conversation starters that will help you to get your teen thinking about the important factors in building and maintaining relationships with peers.

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5 Tips for a Calm Start to the School Year

The first day of school brings as much stress and anxiety as it does excitement and anticipation. Stress effects the body and mind, making it impossible to react quickly and appropriately to all of the new stimulation and challenges of the new school year. As one of the participants in my social skills groups put it, "I'm in a knot! I'm a knot on an edge!". 

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Preparing Your Non-Verbal Child with Autism for the First School Bus Ride

Di-Adina writes: "Another parent and i were wondering how to prepare our nonverbal kids for that first busride. Mine are already on their third yr w/buses and i was just lucky to get great bus drivers/matrons. My son being non verbal always needed a special toy to carry on the bus or DS game, IPOD or book. Anything you can think of would be appreciated.

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Rediscovering the Rhythm: Back to School

​We have entered the final month of summer vacation and it may feel as though you have just settled into a rhythm. For children on the Autism spectrum and their families, returning to school can be a disruptive and anxious experience. Here are 9 tips to help ease the transition: 

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