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DIY Sensory Friendly Vehicle Costume

When my 3 year olds wanted to be the trains Rocky and Diesel 10 from Thomas and Friends, it set up a couple of problems besides the fact that they’re not main characters so you can’t exactly just buy the costume or find a dozen tutorials on making them. Even …

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Autistic Views on Autism: Essential Reads for Neurotypical Parents

When my child was first diagnosed with autism, I found tons of online resources by and for neurotypical parents, therapists and autism awareness advocates. Basically, people like me trying to understand and work with people like my kid. These sources are useful for avoiding a sense of isolation, finding resources, and developing a network of support with …

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Don’t Like. Don’t Share. Don’t Comment. Don’t Pray.

You may have seen it in your Facebook news feed: a picture of a mother in the NICU cradling her baby surrounded by medical equipment, a smiling child with down syndrome, a trach tube, a cleft palate, or missing a limb. Maybe there’s a frail child curled up in a hospital bed, or …

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Muppet With Autism Makes Anti-vaxxers Lose Their Shit

I guess it was bound to happen. Sesame Street introduces a new character who has autism as part of a larger campaign, and anti-vaccine advocates are up in arms. But, unsurprisingly, when you look at the specific issues they have, there’s just not much there. Sesame Street is normalizing Autism! Heck yeah it is! …

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Not Bad, Just Different

Months ago, my toddler’s doctor suggested an Autism evaluation. It was expected. At 18 months old, he was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder on top of his existing developmental delays, and has had therapy from an early age to help them clear these and other hurdles. In the weeks leading up to the evaluation, …

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The Weakest Link

Recently one of our bloggers asked for input on a new article, which promoted a link between acetaminophen (Tylenol) use and autism. In that post, Dr. Margulis argues that prenatal or juvenile use of acetaminophen may be linked to autism spectrum disorder, pointing to various scientific sources. Unfortunately, she greatly …

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The ADA Turns 25 Today

The Americans with Disabilities Act is 25 years old today.  It has its detractors, but the ADA was hard fought for by politicians and activists, and has made a world of difference. My twins were micro-preemies, and have developmental delays consistent with extreme prematurity that fall into the following categories: motor …

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Fun Apps for Toddlers with Fine Motor Disabilities (Android)

My toddlers are nearing three and get limited screen time (per the AAP). I try to ensure that time is spent interacting with technology in the form of quality learning apps and engaging games. However, their fine motor delays narrow the list of apps they can use successfully significantly. Fine motor delays make it difficult to complete delicate tasks. …

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Dangerous Obsession

I have to apologize for my absence here on Grounded Parents.  Between a move to a new house, work, and helping my kids deal with the fun house (un-fun house?) of adolescence, I’ve been either too tired or too scatterbrained to write. Once of those un-fun house issues that we …

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You know what else is a public health crisis? Autism.

Like many parents, I spend a lot of my day attempting to not sound totally nuts. For example, last Sunday I made an impassioned plea to the staff at my local YMCA: “Has anyone turned in a hair dryer? It’s not a regular hair dryer, it’s a wall-mounted hair dryer, …