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The Wisdom of Over 60,000 Parents of Children with Autism

It’s been a few short years since we launched MyAutismTeam with just 30 parents in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Today, MyAutismTeam has grown to more than 60,000 parents, making it the largest social network in the world for autism parents.

At MyAutismTeam, we believe that if your child on autism spectrum, whether they are young toddlers or young adults, it should be easy for you to connect with and get perspective from other parents just like you.  You’re not alone and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

The infographic below represents just a sample of what you might learn from other parents on MyAutismTeam.

It turns out that the most common therapies families have tried also tend to be the ones viewed as most useful by the parents (many of whom have tried dozens of different therapies).   Of course given the breadth of the autism spectrum, it is not surprising to see that the most common therapies sometimes differ based on the sub-diagnosis or specific development needs of the individual with autism.   On MyAutismTeam you can search for other parents whose children share similar development needs as yours, are the same age, same gender, and even those who might live nearby.    It’s great to connect with them and share experiences.

Top 8 Autism Therapies – As Reported by Parents of Kids with Autism

Hippotherapy, or equine-assisted occupational therapy, can be therapeutic for many children with sensory processing disorders

(Originally posted as a guest blog on Autism Speaks)

Every parent of a child with autism asks themselves, “Am I doing enough to help my child?”  They look to doctors, specialists, and (particularly) other parents with kids just like theirs for ideas and for validation that they are on the right course.  With more therapies out there than there are hours in the week and dollars in the bank account / second mortgage to pursue them, parents are forced to prioritize.  So what are the “best” therapies out there?  Which ones work best for other kids just like yours?  We asked the world’s foremost experts – parents of kids with autism – that very question.   To be specific, we asked the parents on MyAutismTeam.com - a social network for more than 28,000 parents of individuals with autism – the following question: “What therapies, if any, worked best for your child”?   
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School’s Out for Summer — But Fears of Regression Looms for Parents of Kids with Autism

dandelion“I Hate Summer” was a recent post by Laura Rossi Totten on The Huffington Post. She writes,

Special Needs Parenting is challenging 365 days of the year. Unlike the shorter winter break or spring vacation, summer is unique because it is long and most special needs children now expect the routine, support, predictability and familiarity of the school year. Frequently, school-age special needs children struggle with the concept of time and that contributes to the confusion and anxiety many children experience during these three months.

What’s a parent to do? What options exist?

For parents who are looking for ways to keep their kids progressing (whether they’re Aspies, high-functioning, or non-verbal), there are few inexpensive options to turn to during the summer months. We recently spoke with Robyn Catagnus, EdD, BCBA-D of Rethink Autism to learn more about the online curriculum they offer parents.
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Teens IQ’s and Brains Can Change – Of Course!

“IQ is malleable.”   A recent study published online in Nature and summarized in the Wall Street Journal found evidence that IQ is not fixed (as was once thought), but instead can change over time correlated with changes in the brain.  Specifically the study looked at 33 British teens (the sample was too small to draw broad conclusions for all teens), giving them an IQ test and MRI in 2004 and again in 2008.  What they found is that IQs jumped up or down for about 1 in 5 teens and those changes corresponded to changes in the brain.
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