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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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