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TQS Book Club Topic #3: Helping Adolescents Understand Their Autism
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Alex Brosowsky

When you’re the parent of a teenager, you can expect to have challenging conversations. 

Adolescence is a tumultuous time in a child’s life, and it often requires families to have deep discussions about big, sometimes uncomfortable, topics. At the same time, it can be challenging to initiate these conversations, especially if your teen is not enthused by talking about their feelings and emotions. 

When that teen is also diagnosed with autism, the complexity of these conversations increases dramatically. 

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Welcome to the TQS Book Club! Topic #1: Executive Functioning
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Alex Brosowsky

As a parent of a child with special needs, the head of the nation’s premier school for children with complex challenges, an author, and a bibliophile, I often come across such books -- resources that I know can help families support their children, and that can help children become self-advocates. 

Because I am often asked for these book recommendations from friends, families, and colleagues, I’m excited to announce the start of the TQS Book Club: a series of blog posts that will introduce books, authors, and resources aimed at helping families of children with complex challenges shine. 

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Safe, Socially-Distanced Activities for Kids with Complex Challenges
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Alex Brosowsky

Back in the 1970s, a comic artist came up with the perfect visualization of someone who sits around and watches a lot of television: couch potato. The reasoning? If a person spends too much time passively watching a screen, they can become more vegetable-like than human. 

Fast-forward 50 years -- smack into the middle of a global pandemic that is keeping everyone indoors and on screens -- and the term still hits home hard. Most people have grown more sedentary, more isolated, and more attached to technology over the past year, to the point where it feels like we’re literally rooted in place. 

This time of screens and social isolation has been hard on everyone, but it is especially difficult for children with complex challenges.

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School Closures + Kids with Complex Challenges: How to Prepare Your Child
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  • School Smarts
Alex Brosowsky

Remember when you were a child and the forecast called for snow? That feeling of awesome anticipation, of excited uncertainty, about what the next day would bring? 

In those days, a change from routine was welcomed with open arms and big cheers. Today, a similar anticipation and uncertainty keeps us parents up as night for completely different reasons. 

The threat (or reality) of school closures stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has hung over the 2020-2021 school year since it started -- and right now, as we enter the holiday season, many schools and colleges across the country are closing their doors once again and transitioning into virtual learning. 

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