5 Practical Tips for Parents of Kids with Autism This Holiday Season

Autism Holidays

While the holiday season can be exciting because it lets us break routine, thousands of parents on MyAutismTeam.com have told us that it’s the breaking of routine that can create unexpected behavior in their kids with autism. Here are 5 tips from thousands of parents on MyAutismTeam.com to navigate the holidays:

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1) Practice – do a practice run of holidays events like gift exchanges with others, or meeting Santa at the mall, or even eating at the special occasion dining table. By getting their children familiar with typical holiday festivities, parents on myautismteam.com told us, the anxiety in their kids goes down.

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MyAutismTeam Parents Speak Out

At MyAutismTeam, we are very saddened by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school last week. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families impacted by this catastrophic event.

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In light of the varying news stemming from this horrible event, autism experts are rushing to silence the notion that there is a link between autism spectrum disorders and this kind of violence. Knowing that there are hundreds of conversations swirling on MyAutismTeam about fears of how children on the spectrum may be unfairly targeted (even more so) we asked our community at MyAutismTeam for help in responding to our survey so that we can give a unified voice to parents of children with autism. read more…

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

dandelionHaving 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. kids
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Embracing the Positives & Exorcising the Negatives around Autism – One Dad’s Journey

The author’s twin boys at basketball.

In this guest blog post, Tom Wailgum, father of twin boys on the autism spectrum talks about how he and his wife have adjusted their communications with each other and with their boys to focus on the positive. – Eric

Never Never Never Never Never – by Tom Wailgum

One of the most challenging aspects of raising children on the autism spectrum is conquering the feelings of negativity that pervade everyday life. It can come from friends or family members. From co-workers. From the media. From strangers in the grocery store. From yourself. I know I’ve struggled with overcoming my own negativity while raising our twin sons, who are on the spectrum.
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