Autism

Detecting Early Signs of Autism

Did you know that early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can show up in toddlers as young as 12 months old? With this knowledge in hand, parents and caregivers can look out for specific behaviors and missed milestones...

How to Explain Autism to Children

Big Bird was confused. The new, orange-haired girl playing on Sesame Street seemed like she didn’t want to talk to him or give him a high five. He was worried that she didn’t like him. Of course, what the parents...

Local Spotlight: No Label at The Table Food Company

Shelly Henley needed a plan. Her son, Jacob, was approaching his 18th birthday and he wouldn’t be going to college, nor did he have any job prospects. Jacob, who was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old, had services in...

Sensory-Friendly Summer Fun

Summer has arrived in all its splendor. School is out, ice cream trucks have hit the road, pools have opened and the great outdoors is begging your child to come and play. Summer also brings a change of schedule...

Air Travel and Autism

If you have a child on the autism spectrum, you understand the importance of routine and structure in your child’s world. You also understand that some new experiences are inevitable. The question is: How do you prepare your child...

5 Tips for Connecting with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Nearly 1 in 59 children have an autism spectrum disorder, meaning there is a good chance that you and your family will meet a child with autism at school or on the playground. While some of the major misconceptions...

Making a Splash on the Spectrum

If you have a young child, you understand the importance of water safety and learning to swim. The moment a child can get out of the water on their own is the moment a parent can begin to take...

Including All in the Fun

We all have different abilities. Too often, focus is placed on what we can’t do. At Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) we believe in shifting the focus to what we can do. By focusing on and celebrating abilities,...

Handling Public Meltdowns

“Imagine being in line at Target with two people in front of you and three people behind you. You’re stuck in that weird spot where you can’t really move forward or backward, and your child’s last nerve just snapped....

Burn Off That Energy!

Indiana weather is always changing, but all parents can predict at least part of the cold weather forecast – cooped up kids with a chance of meltdowns. Burning off enough energy in the winter months can be a challenge for...

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