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In The Quiet Hours

As Max has grown older, his ability to know, understand, and discuss autism has grown with him. He’s almost 12 now, and he has known he is autistic for a little more than a year. He recognizes that autism is an underlying reason behind his anger, and he also knows that it has provided him […]

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Date Night!

We got a gift this last weekend. A whole weekend with no kids! Just the two of us! It was the first time in a really long time. Really long time. On Saturday, we went to a concert at maybe the most beautiful amphitheater in the world. On Sunday, we went on a hike in […]

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Surfers Healing

Our Personal Story With An Incredible Organization I only get to the ocean a couple times a year, and as a periodic surfer, I completely understand the incredible physiological effects of catching waves. There is something so magical about allowing God’s wonderful creation to pick you up and move you across a watery landscape. If […]

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The Delicate Balance of Transparency

What we say about our autistic kids and how we say it will affect their future The theme of this entire blog platform is geared toward helping young parents in their journey with autism. Very little of it (so far anyway) has to do with autistic adults. But one fundamental ingredient all parents need to […]

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Find Your Child’s Champion

Extraordinary relationships for autistic kids In my upcoming book, I Wish Someone Had Told Me, I write about the importance of finding your autistic child’s champion. As a parent of an autistic child, you are the most important person in their life, hands down. But that doesn’t mean you’re the only important person in their […]

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Discipline

Discipline has to be the most complex and bewildering issue a parent faces with an autistic child. And considering it’s a spectrum disorder, we are all going to have differing levels of priorities and methods as we go about it. I’m going to get into some deeper levels of psychology in this post, and you […]

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Unconventional

Sometimes when we are trying to help our kids through chronic struggles, we flat run out of ideas. My son deals with a lot of fear when it comes to some common things in life. Jamie and I work and work toward helping him through those fears, but sometimes we lose hope that he will […]

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Getting Past the Definitions and Identities

If you have not been diagnosed with autism, and your child has, what was the first thing you thought when you got your child’s diagnosis? I’d be willing to bet it was something like, “My child has autism, they will not be defined by autism , therefore they are not autistic.” I did this very […]

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The Plateau

The early stages of a life with a child on the autism spectrum are intense. At first there might be fear, sadness, mad scientist type research, loss of hope, and no sleep. Some of those attributes may increase or decrease over the first couple years. As a parent, you’ll try to stay one step ahead […]

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At Or Below Their Level

Communication with your ASD kiddo, especially when they’re having a bad moment, can feel like hostage negotiation. Except you’re the one demanding the getaway chopper and a million dollars. It’s challenging to say the least. And if you’re anything like me, every day can feel like the same spanking machine as the day before. Have […]

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Is It Wrong That I Love His Stimming?

Early on in a life with a child with autism, your child’s act of stimming can be uncomfortable to experience. Stimming is short for self stimulatory behavior or self stimulus. It’s a repetitive action such as making repetitive noises or general body movements. Hand flapping is a very common version of stimming. I read somewhere […]

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Getting Started

You’re here. I’m here. I’m guessing you searched for “autism blog” or something like it. Welcome! First off, you can check out our “about” page to gain more information on the Youngquist family. Secondly, come back often to see what we have in store. I have a lot of information packed into over a decade […]

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