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Tips for a Happy 2017!

TIPS FOR 2017 FROM ALP! We all know the deal, at the end of the year we have high hopes to get in shape, find a better job, eat healthy. If you’re a parent, your resolutions tend to be more about the children than yourself but for parents of children with special needs, there are a […]

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Tips to Keep Your Holiday Happy

AUTISM AND THE HOLIDAYS The Holiday’s are hectic enough but for a family with a child with autism it can add even more stress. Here are a few things that can help keep the season bright! 1.  Keeping your child on his/her routine will help minimize behaviors during the time off from school or in […]

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Tips for the New School Season

Tips for the New School Season! Some great tips to make it easier for your child (and you!) to transition to a school schedule. FIELD TRIP: If the child has never attended the school, visit it to show him the building, its entrance and grounds so it’s a familiar place come fall. TALK IT UP!: […]

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Siblings and Autism

Siblings and autism It is not always easy being a sibling of a child with autism. However, sibling relationships create benefits for both children and sibling bonds are special. For your child with autism, siblings are often extremely beneficial for developing social skills and supporting the child with ASD.  Children with autism do best when […]

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Improving Mealtime Experiences

Dinner is Ready! Practical Advice for Improving your Child’s Mealtime Experience By: Hiram J. Corona Martinez, MS, OTR/L The table is set.  The enticing aroma from a meticulously-seasoned, mouth-watering, sizzling roast beef feels your entire home. As your family sits around the table to enjoy this wonderful meal, you cannot help but wonder…“will my child sit […]

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Signs of Autism

Signs of Autism Understand the Signs for Autism Spectrum Disorders The following signs may indicate your child is at risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by 9 months No babbling by 12 months No […]

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Autism and Labels

I recently heard a story about a mom referring to her son’s quirky behavior by saying to a friend “You know it’s an Asperger’s thing”.  But in actuality her son is not diagnosed with Asperger’s or any other developmental disorder.  This leads me to believe that there are some people that are utilizing the term […]

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