Autism & Safety

When it comes to children, safety is number 1.  For parents of children with autism, this can be an even bigger worry, as many children with autism may lack the skills required to protect themselves. This is particularly true if your child doesn’t talk, understand safe boundaries with people, or is a “runner”.  Though it …

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Signs and Symptoms of ASD

Let me just preface this by saying that just because your child may exhibit some of these signs, does not mean that they necessarily have autism.  Many typical symptoms of autism are things we all do from time to time.  Often it’s the degree or severity to which one engages in them that separates those …

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ASD Parent Education

As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, you play an integral role in your child’s progress and success. Expanding your knowledge surrounding your child’s behavior and how to build their skills can empower you to take a more active role in your child’s treatment. The more you know, the better you can advocate …

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Haircuts and Autism: 5 Steps to a Better Experience

The dreaded haircut.  The impending screams and crying are enough to keep any parent from scheduling an appointment.  Maybe you know it’s going to be difficult or perhaps you’re already traumatized from the last experience.  Many little ones have a difficult time with haircuts, but children on the autism spectrum can really struggle with this.  …

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Reinforcement Isn’t Bribery

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard anyone suggest that you’re bribing your child by providing reinforcement.  I’ve had a few parents over the years, reluctant to provide reinforcers because “he should be able to do this without a reward” or “it’s bribery”. I understand that sometimes the thought of giving your child what you …

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How to Make a Sensory Bottle

I have listed the ingredients and instructions for making the sensory bottle below, as well as a list of skills and examples of how to work them into the activity. As you can see, there are many ways to incorporate learning into creative activities. Have fun! Ingredients: 330ml Voss Plastic Water Bottle (any water bottle …

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What Science Has to Say About ABA for ASD

With so many treatments out there claiming to be effective in helping children with autism, it can be difficult to know what to believe and what to try.  When it comes to helping your child, it’s important to focus on evidence-based treatments, rooted in solid science.  Behavior interventions using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are supported …

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