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MyAutismTeam Reaches Major Milestone: 50,000 Parents Nationwide!

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MyAutismTeam, the social network for parents of children of all ages with autism, today announced a new milestone of 50,000 registered parents.

 

MyAutismTeam attributes the rapid growth of the social network to pent up demand and word-of-mouth amongst parents of individuals with autism, read more…

2013 Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions, From MyAutismTeam Parents

With each new year, this is a time to take stock of your accomplishments, or ponder those projects that will make it to the “to-do” list in 2013.

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And no New Year is complete without resolutions. Resolutions can take many forms; from the above mentioned project list to personal improvements in ourselves. At MyAutismTeam, we wanted to hear from the parents about their own resolutions. We surveyed over 35,000 parents on MyAutismTeam about their resolutions and what they are envisioning for 2013. read more…

7 Tips from Autism Parents on How They “Keep the Romance Alive” with their Spouses

Having a child with autism can put stress on a marriage. Ask veteran autism parents, “What do you wish you knew then that you know now?” and many say that they wish they’d spent more time maintaining their relationships with their significant others before the relationships fell apart.

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Here are 7 quick tips shared by parents on MyAutismTeam for “keeping the romance alive”.  These are all from parents who have children on the autism spectrum. read more…

Finding an Autism-Friendly Sitter

Recently, several parents on MyAutismTeam were comparing notes on how to find autism-friendly babysitters and one mom mentioned the website Sittercity.com as a potential source. I was intrigued.  We’re always looking for good resources for MyAutismTeam parents but wondered if Sittercity, a website aimed at finding babysitters for the mass market, could be of any use to parents of kids with autism?

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I decided to conduct a little test – be a secret shopper so to speak – and the results (explained below) really surprised me.  It may be a great resource for many of you.  We’ve negotiated a free trial and 50% discount for all MyAutismTeam parents so you can try it out yourself.
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MyAutismTeam Discount for Financial Planning, Special Needs Trust

In researching the blog post Special Needs Trusts, Financial Planning & LifeCare Plans – Planning the Future of Your Child with Autism, we spent a good deal of time interviewing two Special Care Planners from Miceli Financial Partners, Nick Homer and Ken Prodger.

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Nick and Ken are based in San Jose, CA and both come highly recommended from other parents on MyAutismTeam.  Both are affiliated with the Mass Mutual Special Care Program, have extensive experience working with families with autism and special needs (one of them is the father of a child with special needs),  and they serve families all through northern California.  As a pilot test of a program that could expand nationally, MyAutismTeam has established a partnership with Miceli Financial Partners that offers full special needs financial planning at a discounted rate for MyAutismTeam parents.  
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Special Needs Trusts, Financial Planning & Life Care Plans – Planning the Future for Your Child with Autism

“What happens to my child if something happens to me?”   In the category of “questions that wake up parents of kids with autism in the middle of the night”, this one ranks way up there.  It is one of the most talked about questions on MyAutismTeam.   It’s a question with very serious implications for your son or daughter, and it’s a subject that most regular financial planners and estate lawyers are neither trained nor qualified to handle.
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Discounts for Parents on Great Autism Workshops

At MyAutismTeam we believe that when your child is diagnosed with autism, it should be easy to find the best people around to help you.  With nearly 30,000 parents of kids with autism registering on MyAutismTeam in just over a year, we’re making it much easier to find and connect with other parents just like you.  Many of you have also told us that you’d like help getting access to other services – including parent education and training.   So we are experimenting with identifying and bringing the best autism workshops for parents to you  – and we are working to get you all a MyAutismTeam group discount to boot.  We’ll be testing this out regionally and looking for your feedback. To start, we’ve negotiated a $50 discount (use code MAT50) on a great parent seminar coming to the SF Bay Area:
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Accidental Insults & Other Social Hazards Facing the Adult with Asperger’s

We received a tremendous response to last week’s blog post titled, Temple Grandin on the Importance of Giving Kids with Autism a “50’s Upbringing“.  It was about helping kids with autism build job skills and Dr. Grandin’s view that the right foundation for building job skills begins early-on in a child’s life by helping him or her learn manners, basic social skills, doing things for others, and basic responsibilities.   This week we fast forward to adolescence and adulthood and focus on the challenges some people on the autism spectrum have processing and interpreting social interactions.  Dr. Michael McManmon has an inside perspective on this topic as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger’s late in adulthood, after raising his own children.   He now runs a program designed to help young adults with Asperger’s successfully manage the transition from high school to college – and also focuses on making sure his students are building job skills.    Dr. McManmom gave us a lot of great advice as we were getting MyAutismTeam off the ground.   In this guest blog, re-used with permission from Psychology Today, Dr. McManmom offers a very personal glimpse into the challenges he faced in processing social interactions and how he has learned to manage them. – Eric
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Temple Grandin on the Importance of Giving Kids with Autism a “50’s Upbringing”

Friday night I had the honor of meeting Dr. Temple Grandin – the noted cattle expert, autism authority, and one of the most famous and successful people on the autism spectrum.  We were both speaking at the US Autism & Asperger Association Conference in Denver and when we met at the speaker’s dinner I told Temple, “I am the co-founder of MyAutismTeam – a social network for parents of kids with autism.”
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