“ASD impacts each nervous system differently,” says Lisa Rossman Murphy, a pediatric physical therapist who has worked with kids with ASD for decades and recently wrote about coaching athletes on the autism spectrum for the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council. “Find out what motivates the child, what agitates the child, what calms the child when agitated. What is the best way to give the child a direction?” she says. “These questions can show a parent you care.”

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