Category Archives: Living with Autism

Life’s a Beach!

Autism parents relax, reconnect and recharge at the  annual National Autism Conference Warm breezes. Cool, white powdery sand between your toes. The sound of waves and seagulls. Sipping a cool umbrella drink while watching a fiery orange sky as the … Continue reading

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The Great Outdoors

Family camping provides memorable opportunities when autism is a factor Planning a vacation can be challenging for families with a child on the autism spectrum. Instead of the usual hotel-based family getaway, how about a trip to the great outdoors … Continue reading

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Green Home…Healthy Kids

For over a decade, I’ve been writing about harmful chemicals in our environment and how they jeopardize our children’s health and development. We have made significant strides in identifying, controlling and eliminating many toxic exposures but there is still an overwhelming … Continue reading

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The Transition to Adulthood: Planning Ahead

When my son Jeremy reached 22, he left the auspices of the school district. Like many on the spectrum, his interests and needs were varied and he didn’t fit into any of the adult programs that existed in our area … Continue reading

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Success on the slopes

Passing the skiing tradition along to the next generation has multiple benefits—especially when autism is a factor… I went on my first ski trip during my freshman year of college. Even the nasty crash I had didn’t matter: I was … Continue reading

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Autism Skis at Extreme Sports Camp

Got Autism? Get Moving! Imagine a ski vacation where everyone in the family is having fun and learning to ski—including your child with autism. Through its Autism Skis program, Extreme Sports Camp of Aspen, Colorado teaches children and adults all … Continue reading

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Autism Hits The Slopes

Adaptive skiing programs provide ASD kids and families with invaluable health benefits and lifelong memories… I love to ski. I love mountains and I love snow. Skiing gives me a sense of freedom that is unmatched in any other activity … Continue reading

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Your Child’s First and Best Advocate: You

Whether it’s one voice helping one child, or many people joining together to effect change, advocacy can make a world of difference… Twenty years ago, I was just about to graduate college with a communications degree. I was looking forward … Continue reading

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Make Your Move

Turning interest into activity can boost your spirit – and your health… If you read the average women’s magazine (which I hope is far down your reading list after you’ve read Autism File), you see story after story on how to … Continue reading

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Taxing Matters…

A little diligence can make a big difference at tax time. As the parent of a child with autism, I know all too well the high cost of treatments, therapies and co-pays not covered by insurance. My son, Dean, will … Continue reading

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