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  • My child was diagnosed with autism – now what?
    Sometimes, parents of children newly diagnosed with autism blame themselves or each other. Some moms think she shouldn’t have had coffee; some dads have blamed themselves for sitting in front of a computer for too long. Read more
  • How to potty train a 5-year-old child with autism
    Can a with autism spectrum disorder become toilet trained? Or, even more important, can a non-verbal, older child with ASD become toilet trained? Of course they can! Read more
  • Pros and cons of mainstreaming an autistic child
    There are many pros to mainstreaming, and they include increased self-esteem, social interaction, the breaking down of long-held stigmas (and an increase in tolerance), and academic advantages. Read more
  • What happens during an assessment for autism?
    Medical practitioners use a variety of screeners as a first step to seeing if a child has autism; they typically use these screeners even before they begin a formal evaluation. Read more
  • Verbal behavior therapy
    Verbal behavior therapy is a type of therapy that is designed to teach language and communication. Behaviorist B.F. Skinner’s theories inspired this therapy, in partnership with the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It consists of motivational operation, discriminating stimulus, response and reinforcement. Read more
  • What parents of children with autism want you to know
    Here are some things parents of children with autism want you to know, including facts and misconceptions about the disorder. There are even some autism parent tips here, as well as some tools to help you parent an autistic child. Read more
  • Going to a playground with a child with autism
    For all children, play is significant and necessary. It permits them to develop crucials abilities like gross and fine motor skills, communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal), problem solving, thinking, and social graces. Read more
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
    Dialectical behavioral therapy, developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late ‘80s, is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. Specifically designed for patients with borderline personality disorder, DBT is derived from a process called dialectics, the concept that everything is composed of opposites. Read more
  • Communicating with your autistic child
    Autism spectrum disorder, a condition related to brain development that impacts the way one might perceive others or socialize with them, can cause a person to have challenges with communication. Those on the spectrum may exhibit repetitive behavior patterns, and may be limited in how they can share their feelings. Read more
  • Why going out in public with an autistic child is a challenge
    Autism spectrum disorder carries with it several reported symptoms, like social anxiety, sensory overload, and fear. Kids with autism may feel disrupted, afraid or bothered by chewing noises, groups of people chatting, unknown smells, or even the sound coming from an air conditioner or space heater. Read more
  • Don’t be Aggressive, Don’t be Aggressive! Teaching Your Child with ASD to Not Hit Their Siblings
    One of the largest challenging behaviors that parents have to address when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder is that of aggressive behaviors. Aggressive behaviors can range from pinching to violent hitting. Read more
  • What Does That Mean? Tips to Help your Child with ASD to Verbally Communicate
    Because every child is different, and because every child starts off at a different level of speech, it is important for you to evaluate where your child stands. By speaking to and setting up appointments with an ABA therapist, your child is sure to get the best help that they can. Read more
  • There’s Nothing Mild about “Mild” Autism
    When you or your family are first faced with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, it is often difficult to believe/understand all the things that come with such a diagnosis. Read more
  • “Why won’t you listen to me? And other communication problems.”
    Children with autism often have a difficult time communicating. Children with Autism may have difficulty developing language skills and understanding others; they may also have difficulty understanding or expressing non-verbal clues such as eye contact, body posture, facial expressions, hand gestures etc. Read more
  • “It’s the...Eye Contact Skill...It’s the Difficult Fight” (sung to the eye of the Tiger)
    Eye-contact is a large part of communication between individuals. A shared focus on one object is how our society has been able to grow and share ideas. Any young child you know has more than likely avoided eye-contact at one point in time. Read more
  • Help! I Don’t Understand! How to Teach Social Cues to a Child with ASD
    Social and emotional development is an incredibly important part of child development. From an early age, we learn to read social cues and codes. This understanding of the world, allows us to function in our societies and understand what is expected of us. Read more

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