Parental Grief and Autism Diagnosis: Reconciling Your Emotions
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Parental Grief and Autism Diagnosis: Reconciling Your Emotions

Not all parents will experience disenfranchised grief following an autism diagnosis. And for those of us that do experience it, we don’t always talk about it. But I think we should. In fact, I would encourage you to talk about it. I would encourage you to acknowledge it. It’s there and it’s real. This is parental…

How to Understand the Autism Diagnosis Process
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How to Understand the Autism Diagnosis Process

If you are just pursuing an autism diagnosis for your child or you are in the beginning stages, here’s how to understand the autism diagnosis process. Be sure to take a look at more of my resources for dealing with the initial diagnosis.   Tests and Evaluations for the Autism Diagnosis Process In the last ten…

The Different Signs of Autism in Toddler Boys vs. Toddler Girls
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The Different Signs of Autism in Toddler Boys vs. Toddler Girls

Many young children are not diagnosed with autism until they’re in the toddler stage. It really depends on what you’re looking for with the initial signs of autism and if you’re mindful of the development. I’m not suggesting that all children should be diagnosed, of course. But parents should at least know what to look…

How do I know if it’s signs of autism or ADHD? Is there a difference?
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How do I know if it’s signs of autism or ADHD? Is there a difference?

Autism and ADHD are both neurological disorders. Often, when a child is on the autism spectrum, they may also receive a dual or co-morbid diagnosis of ADHD. Sometimes a child with ADHD may also receive a dual or co-morbid diagnosis of autism. In fact, there are some studies that suggest that up to half of…

How to Recognize Signs of Autism in Toddlers
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How to Recognize Signs of Autism in Toddlers

Do you have a difficult toddler or is it autism? Is my toddler being stubborn or is it autism?  Those are just two of the questions that a new parent may ask themselves- especially as the number of children being diagnosed with autism continues to rise.  For our family, we at least had an inkling…

The One Thing I Wish Someone had Told Me After My Daughter’s Diagnosis
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The One Thing I Wish Someone had Told Me After My Daughter’s Diagnosis

Following my daughter’s autism diagnosis in 2003, I was a mess. So much had changed, and yet hadn’t changed, after receiving the official statements from her developmental pediatrician. And as much as I could have been in denial, instead I went into some sort of action. Granted, I still didn’t deal with it as best…