5 Travel Tips for Children with Autism

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5 Travel Tips for Children with Autism Summer means extra sun, longer days, and much-needed vacation time. If you are the parent of a child with ASD, the break from your normal routine can also cause you a lot of stress and anxiety. You don’t want to overburden your sensory sensitive child, but you don’t

Keeping Kids with Autism Safe: Search & Rescue Training Day

How Search & Rescue Training Protects Children With ASD The Springbrook staff is committed to helping our community and keeping kids with autism safe. Elopement, or getting lost, is one of the primary safety concerns for children on the autism spectrum and their parents, which is why we recently hosted our second Search & Rescue

Understanding the Minimally Verbal or Nonverbal Child with Autism

Communication Tips for Parents Perhaps one of the most frustrating issues for the parents and other family members of a minimally verbal or nonverbal child with autism is the inability to fully connect. Children on the autism spectrum often have difficulty with language and relate better to objects than people, which can make it especially

Sesame Street Unveils Its Newest Character: A Little Girl With Autism

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Julia is a bright, happy 4-year-old who happens to be on the autism spectrum In April, the classic children’s television program Sesame Street is introducing its first new permanent character in 10 years. Julia is a lovable 4-year-old muppet with bright red hair and striking green eyes who likes to draw, pick flowers, and sing.

Summer Activities for Kids with Autism and Their Families

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Summer can be a stressful time for all parents. What exactly are you supposed to do with your children for three months? For parents of children with autism, this question can be even more stressful, and even more important. You may worry that the break from routine will be overly disruptive for your child, or

Ensuring Proper Diet and Nutrition for Children with Autism

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Getting kids to eat a well-balanced diet can be a challenge for any parent—but ensuring good nutrition for children with autism can be particularly difficult. Between sensory sensitivities, avoidance of certain tastes, smells, and textures, and a more intense need for structure and routine, making mealtime nutritious and peaceful for the entire family can feel

Promoting Home Safety for Children With Autism

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Tips for protecting your child at home Parents want to create a home that is a nurturing, safe environment for their children—and every parent’s worst nightmare is a preventable home accident or other emergency that puts their child in danger. Home safety for children with autism is even more important, and more difficult, as these

Military Parents of Special Needs Children Can Find Acceptance and Support


Plain speak perspectives from one military dad and his journey with his special needs child. By DJ Reyes, Colonel US Army (retired) Why some military parents may have a difficult time acknowledging that they have a special needs child. *Disclaimer. Below are some thoughts I’d like to share with my fellow military parents of special

Looking Back on the First Annual Converge Autism Conference

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Springbrook Behavioral Health hosted the first annual Converge Autism Conference on February 9-10, and the entire staff is thrilled and overwhelmed by the response that the event received. Teachers, school counselors, parents, behavioral health specialists, occupational therapists, and other professionals from all across the southeast joined us for the two-day summit to learn about advances,

Physical Touch for Kids with Autism: A Basic Human Need

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How to use touch to express love to a touch-defensive child Written By: Jennifer Ammacher, M.A. Physical touch is a basic human need for everyone, including children with autism—even children who have sensory processing disorders and may be defensive against touch. Touch is a natural instinct that provides emotional security. It’s also the easiest of