Did you know that 1 in 88 children are affected by autism? Though awareness of the disease has grown greatly in recent years, the number of children being diagnosed with autism continues to grow exponentially every year. In fact, AutismSpeaks.org notes that more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer - COMBINED.
A cure for autism has yet to be discovered, but growing awareness for the disease and continued research has helped, and will help, many parents manage their children's disease.
Two of the most common issues autism presents is impaired social behaviors and food allergies. Whether your own child has autism or one of his friends does, the condition presents added challenges when planning a kids party. Just like the disease though, these challenges can and should be managed.
Celebrating the birthday of a child with autism has it's own set of instructions you need to follow. Making this a special day is important, but it's also just as important to be considerate of special needs your child might have. We've gathered recipe ideas and ways to celebrate a birthday that will keep autistic children safe and comfortable, but also allow them to celebrate just like their peers.
We encourage you to do your own research and make your own choices before serving these recipes to children with autism. AutismSpeaks.org is one such resource for credible information and facts surrounding the disease.
Managing the birthday party of a child with autism requires a bit more attention and consideration than a non-autistic child's birthday. Follow these tips to make the planning and partying experience enjoyable for both you and your child. Read More
Don't feel restricted to planning a birthday party at home. We have a few suggestions on birthday location ideas for your child's birthday party that they will feel comfortable in and enjoy their birthday with friends outside of home. Read More
If your child does prefer a birthday celebration at home, consider these games to play. Designed to keep them engaged and entertained, the interactive component of each of these suggestions are also an easier way to encourage an autistic child to partake in group activity. Read More
Keep gluten out of the mix without worrying about delicious flavor. These recipes are a sure hit with party guests who may or may not be following the gluten-free diet! Read More
Many children suffer from food allergies, so make sure you're aware of the most common ones and brush up on what to do should a child suffer an attack at your celebration. Read More