Using Social Stories To Improve Coping Skills In Children With Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on March 3, 2017

Navigating social interactions can be one of the biggest challenges for children with autism. That’s what inspired Carol Gray to develop a learning tool called Social Stories in 1990. The approach of using Social Stories has been widely adopted and has even earned Carol several awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. In general, […]

Using Positive Language To Change The Perception Of Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on February 15, 2017

Positivity is powerful. The impact of positivity has been acknowledged and encouraged by many great people through the years. “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” -Dalai Lama “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. […]

The Joys & Challenges Of Life With An Autistic Sibling

SDCAadmin, posted on January 31, 2017

Growing up with a sibling is a wonderful thing. Of course, there are always ups and downs with any sibling relationship, just as there are with most relationships. But for siblings, you’re essentially “stuck” with each other and it can sometimes be challenging to get along. Add the extra challenges of living with autism and […]

Stigma and Myths About Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on December 27, 2016

According to the Autism Society one out of every 68 babies born in the United States has Autism and over 3.5 million Americans are currently living on the spectrum. Yet despite Autism’s prevalence it continues to be a misunderstood condition. There are also several autistic symptoms and disruptive behaviors that seem to reinforce these stereotypes […]

Holiday Tips for Children with Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on November 16, 2016

The holiday season is upon us! You may be excited about holiday gatherings, festive decorations, elaborate meals, exchanging gifts and enjoying time and traditions with family, but all of these things can be challenging if you have a child with Autism. Kids with Autism thrive on structure and routine and, while the holidays are a […]

Tantrums vs. Meltdowns

SDCAadmin, posted on October 31, 2016

Screaming, crying, kicking, even rolling on the floor…These are all behaviors observed during a tantrum or meltdown. As any parent is aware, tantrums are a common occurrence for young children. Kids with Autism, however, often deal with meltdowns as well. To many people, a tantrum and meltdown appear to be the same thing. In fact, […]

Dealing with tantrums

SDCAadmin, posted on October 17, 2016

The dreaded tantrum. Tantrums can test the limits of even the best parents, especially when you’re dealing with one in public. Any parent of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) knows that kids with ASD are more susceptible to tantrums and have more triggers than other children. What’s not always obvious to parents […]

Trick or Treating for Kids with Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on September 30, 2016

Trick or treating is a tradition that many families look forward to each year, Unfortunately, some aspects can be truly frightening and overwhelming for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Unfamiliar faces/costumes and sensory stimuli, such as strobe lights, sound effects and fog machines are some of the common encounters children with autism struggle with on […]

Common Misconceptions About Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on September 19, 2016

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children born in the U.S. have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to the Autism Society, yet despite its prevalence there are still many common misconceptions about autism. There is still much to learn about autism, but here are a few myths we know are not true: Myth: […]

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