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Autism can rob a child of their childhood. The happy outgoing child now must deal with the effects of this developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. As a parent there are great challenges for you as well. This is a guide about parenting an autistic child.


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December 13, 2011

As a mom of an autistic child and a grandma of two autistic children, I believe one solution is education. Educate yourself and educate others about autism. Often, autistic children look like other 'typical' children. So, when you are out in public or even around family and friends, they may be taken back by some of your child's behaviors.


Celebrate each milestone. Holding a cup at 18 months may not have been a big deal to others, but it was for me. Clapping his hands for the first time at 3 years old was a celebration. A much bigger milestone was not having to change a diaper when he was ten years old.

Going out in public was a great place to educate others. Especially hearing rude comments about your child who was having a meltdown in Walmart because of noises, lights, etc. As I held my then 6 year old in my arms sitting on the floor, it was a great time to pass out 'business' cards I had made with "I'm Not Naughty...I Have Autism" on the front of them. The back of them went like this "If you are alarmed because of my child's behavior, it is not because of lack of discipline."


Autism affects one's ability to understand their environment, and usually they are oversensitive to everything that affects their senses such as sounds, touches and smell. My child has an inability to cope with any changes in his routine. Because of an inability to communicate, my child has frustration and pain. Please be patient while I teach my child to be social.

To learn more about Autism, go to: or call 1-800-3AutisM.

Not all autistic children are alike. There are so many different tips out there and not everything will work. Educating yourself and others is a great start to a solution.

By Sarah from Shelton, WA

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

I applaud your education campaign! What a rational way to communicate the reality of the situation & defuse if for everybody!

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July 6, 2009

If you or anyone you know has autism or is on the spectrum of autism, please go to this site. Because of this site, my 19 year old daughter is so much better. Things have changed in the past two months and I owe it all to ARI.

I am so thankful to Dr. Benard Rimland, God rest his soul.

By Robyn Fed from Hampton TN


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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

Below is a great browser for kids with autism. All my grandchildren love it. It keeps them busy plus away from the bad sites.

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August 28, 2013

Anyone needing help with autism or any spectrum within that, should go to this website. It has a lot of information and many resoures.

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September 9, 2010

There is an excellent Autism group that I am a part of on Yahoo. You can ask questions and there are people that answer. It is better than a doctor since most doctors don't know as much as these researchers do.


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December 9, 2011

Find other parents in your area. There is both strength and solace in numbers. Share information! Be open to new ideas. I've been parenting my son for 9 years, 7 knowing he was 'different', 6 with the label autistic.

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March 5, 2013

I have read many articles but this one is the best. I wanted to share it with the ThriftyFun community.


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January 21, 2009

I have a daughter who is 10 years old and the light of my life. She also was diagnosed with autism at age 2. I am looking to see if there are any parents I could talk with out there who have an autistic child. I really have no one to talk to and share my thoughts with. I am basically looking for a sympathetic ear, someone who understands what I am going through. Thanks.

Rosemarie from Lynn, Mass.

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

I tried Robyn's addy but it won't go. Please contact me at micah89701 AT for answers to questions I have about high-functioning aspergers young adults. Believe I might have two grandchildren who are suffering from this. They are cousins, offspring of sisters.

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

I have two children with autism, a girl, 5 and a boy 8. I hope I can help with this:

I own an online support group at The site (care2) is a petition site, however, you can avoid signing those and just join groups that interest you. They have everything you can think of, from a to z. My group is called:  up/autismreality It is called Autism: Research, Resources, and Reality (I call it 'triple R'). We are a good bunch, we offer advice, comfort, cheers, and discuss things in the news...and sometimes we just vent. I've done that there myself.

If you have troubles signing up, or don't want to but still just want to talk, my private Emails are: and

Just put 'autism' in the subject line, as I do not open Email from those E mail addys I do not know.

My name is Kris, and if I can help at all, I would be glad to.

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

I did a quick search and found this link:

http://search.y  groups&type=

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January 23, 20090 found this helpful

I am a Wisconsin mom with four boys. My 12 year old has a mild form of autism called Asperger's syndrome, my nine and six year olds have classic autism, and I have a six month old son who we are praying won't be on the spectrum at all. You are not alone Rosemarie, and I hope you take comfort in that.

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January 23, 20090 found this helpful

I have a 12 year old son who has Aspergers Syndrome. He was not diagnosed until he was 11. We went throught lots with him...I won't go into the details here. I have found lots of help through CARD (Centers for Autisic Related Disorders). I don't know if you have a chapter in your area, but if you do, check them out. They are live face to face people who have helped us tremendously, especially with the school system. They can also put you in touch with others in your area who are dealing with the same issues you are. Good Luck!

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December 1, 2011

My elementary aged kids have learning disabilities including dyslexia and autism. The school is not able to provide textbooks on MP3 or other audio files that I can download. They are quite behind in school and I am transitioning to home schooling after many years of watching them fall further behind. I am looking for resources to educate my kids. We do not qualify for waived fees thru books on tape organizations or Assistive Technology, but cannot afford any of the fees involved.

This is broad, but I am starting with audio materials that can accompany text books. We can get audio story books easily, but cannot access grade leveled text materials. I am open to all suggestions! Thank you.


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December 2, 20110 found this helpful

My husband works in special ed & he has told me that many textbook publishers offer audio to accompany their textbooks. If the school isn't helpful, try contacting the textbook's publisher. If the books are in public domain (as many classics are) you can download versions (many with sound) from the Gutenberg Project on the net.

Also check on FREE ebooks from Amazon (freestufftimes publishes lists of them almost daily) - Many of them come with sound, too - Then there are audio books available for current titles - also many on the net. Now that eReaders come with sound, you should be able to get eBooks with text + audio.

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December 2, 20110 found this helpful

Rather than try to teach them at home I suggest you search for alternative schooling. Your state is obligated to provide education for your children. There must be a different school, even a private one that can help them.

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August 10, 20150 found this helpful

If you are going to homeschool,then join HSLDA.They can help you find the resources you need. I homeschooled my oldest(Asperger syndrome) from 6th grade to graduation and have started homeschooling my younger son,7th grade(PDD-NOS)and they are capable of way more than the public school system was learning them.It will be hard and some days I had to just walk away and try again the next day.Find the things they like and build their lessons around that.Cooking can cover math,home economics,geography and science.We are unschooler's and it has been a blessing to see the "light bulb" go on when they finally get a concept.Our public schools only offered the alternative school option which is where they place the kids that get in trouble and my husband and I decided that was not a option we were comfortable with.

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