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  • Autism and Education: What Can You Expect From Your Town’s School System?

    Autism and Education: What Can You Expect From Your Town’s School System?0

    By Jeffrey R. Robinson, Ph.D. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts law require school districts to provide each child with a disability a free, appropriate, and public education. In addition, in July 2006 An Act To Address the Special Education Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders took effect. This law required

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  • 10 Tips for Navigating Holiday Stressors With a Child With ASD

    10 Tips for Navigating Holiday Stressors With a Child With ASD1

    By Jill McGrale Maher The holidays are upon us, with family members, friends, and neighbors from far and wide gathering in celebration to share a meal, exchange gifts, and enjoy being together. But for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), holidays can truly be overwhelming, as they are often accompanied by sensory overload, and the

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  • My Child Has Been Diagnosed With ASD: Now What?

    My Child Has Been Diagnosed With ASD: Now What?0

    By Sally Burke The reality of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis can have a tremendous emotional impact on parents. You may feel anger, frustration, and sadness, or perhaps even relief in this long-suspected diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has been estimated that 1 in 68 children have ASD.

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  • 11 Mass Chuck E Cheese’s to offer Sensory Sensitive Sundays

    11 Mass Chuck E Cheese’s to offer Sensory Sensitive Sundays1

    Chuck E. Cheese’s and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) will start offering Sensory Sensitive Sundays at 11 Massachusetts locations starting Sunday, Feb. 5. This joint event at Chuck E. Cheese’s locations throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey will provide children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs, the opportunity to experience

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  • How You Can Help Children With Autism Enjoy the Holiday Season

    How You Can Help Children With Autism Enjoy the Holiday Season0

    The holiday season is supposed to be a time of celebration, renewal, family appreciation, and peace. We celebrate with music, prayer, decorations, twinkling lights, gifts, and food — so many wonderful things, many of which are not part of our regular routine. Changes in routine and all this sensory input can create challenges for children with

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  • Teaming Up for Autism Awareness

    Teaming Up for Autism Awareness0

    Stephanie Madrigal and her father, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, have a deeply personal connection to the Leominster Autism Project, which they co-founded earlier this year. Madrigal found out her 3-year-old son Jamison is on the autism spectrum. “As a parent of a somewhat newly diagnosed child, you start to see the world in a very

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