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7 Tips for Potty Training Kids with Autism blog post

7 Tips for Potty Training Kids with Autism

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP October 28, 2020

Potty training is an activity of daily living and a developmental milestone. Potty training a child with autism often involves many challenges. In this article we share 7 super helpful tips as well as factors you should consider before you start.
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Anger & Autism Blog Post

Our Best Strategies for Dealing with Autism and Anger

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L October 05, 2020 2 Comments

Anger is often an emotion that is associated with autism spectrum disorder. Most children with autism do not express anger in the same way as typically-developing peers. This article will explain why this happens and provides recommendations to help.
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Autism & Food: How to Deal with a Picky Eater

Autism and Food: How to Deal with a Picky Eater

by Jennifer Friedman, MS, RD August 12, 2020

Did you know that 50 to 75% of children with autism have food issues? If you're dealing with this at home, you are not alone! Read our article to know how to distinguish severe or extreme picky eating from traditional picky eating behaviors and what steps you should take to help.
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Essential oils for autism and ADHD

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for Autism and ADHD

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP July 01, 2020 5 Comments

Many parents want to consider alternative therapies for their child with autism and ADHD. Using essential oils for autism or ADHD is one alternative therapy that may be worth trying. There are many essential oils that can be beneficial and our article is your ultimate guide!
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exercise and autism

How Exercise Can Help Improve the Symptoms of Autism

by Casey Ames April 15, 2020 6 Comments

Autism and exercise may not immediately seem related, but physical activity could actually improve the symptoms of autism. In this article, we look at which exercises work best and how to try to get your child to participate.
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Learn about common autism comorbidities

Learn about common autism comorbidities like OCD, ADHD, and more

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L April 02, 2020 2 Comments

Over half of those diagnosed with autism have four or more additional diagnosed disorders, also known as comorbidities. This article talks about the most common comorbidities, like ADHD, anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), so that you can seek additional services for your child if needed.
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Auditory Processing Disorder Free Online Test

Auditory Processing Disorder - Learn about the symptoms and take our free online test

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP March 05, 2020 1 Comment

Auditory Processing Disorder affects about 5% of school-aged children in the United States. Read our article to learn about the signs and symptoms, causes, and treatments. You can even take our free online assessment to help you decide if you should seek further professional guidance.
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Learning styles and autism blog post

Autism and Learning - What You Need to Know

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L February 25, 2020

If you're raising a child with Autism, you may be concerned about how this will affect their learning and education. We'll explain the different learning styles and how best to teach your child.
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Take our free online autism test

Take our Free Online Autism Test and Learn about Autistic Symptoms

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP February 20, 2020 1 Comment

Autism is a developmental disability that is characterized by challenges with social skills, communication, and behavior. This article reviews the symptoms associated with ASD and offers a free online assessment to help determine if further testing by a professional might be helpful.
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We've donated over $50,000 to the University of Washington Autism Clinic!

We've donated over $50,000 to the University of Washington Autism Clinic!

by Casey Ames February 14, 2020

With this last month, we've successfully donated over $50,000 to the University of Washington Autism Center to aid autism research as well as provide families in need with financial help for their child to get therapy!
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Think you or a loved one has ADHD? Take our free online test

Think you or a loved one has ADHD? Take our free online test 

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L January 27, 2020 1 Comment

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatments available for ADHD and take our free online assessment to help you decide if you should seek further help in diagnosing you or your loved one.
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Surviving the Holidays Autism blog post

The Go-To Guide to Surviving the Holidays When Your Child has Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP December 03, 2019 1 Comment

The holidays are stressful times for everyone and can be even more stressful for children with autism. Survive the holidays by being proactive in helping your child handle the changes in routine, busyness, and general sensory overload. Follow the helpful recommendations laid out in this article!
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