Monthly Archives October 2017

5 Autism Tips for Trick-or-Treating This Halloween

  5 Autism Tips for Trick-or-Treating This Halloween   Halloween is intended to be a fun and festive holiday to embrace being who you want to be. For parents of children with Autism, it may bring on feelings of worry, doubt or uncertainty of how to celebrate. Your child has likely anticipated this holiday too, positively or even with some worry. With a little planning and preparation, you and your child will be well on your way to an amazing Halloween celebration. To ensure a smooth holiday, here are some tips to consider as we approach Trick-or-treat season: Make your
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The Benefits of Parent Child Interaction Therapy

    The Benefits of Parent Child Interaction Therapy Being an ABA therapist, we are typically the ones interacting with the clients.  However, PCIT (parent child interaction therapy) is something we offer that focuses on parent-child interaction.  The purpose of PCIT is to increase the positivity of those interactions as well as strengthen the relationship between parent and child.  During the first phase, we create an environment in which there are no commands, questions, or negative talk from the parents in an effort to make the child-led time positive and desirable for the child.  I have had the opportunity to
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Different Therapies for Autism

Different Therapies for Autism   When parents realize that their child has autism, coping with the reality is often difficult. They fear for their child’s future and whether or not he or she can handle the world as a normal person would. Just remember, however, that history is painted with great men and women who are autistic, such as Emily Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, and Isaac Newton. So instead of wallowing on how and why it happened to your child, you should focus all of your time and energy in providing him or her with the best treatment for autism available. The
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Task Analysis, why is it important? – 10/10/17

    Task Analysis – Why is it important? While putting on my shirt in the morning, I don’t think about any steps; I just do it.  When I’m working with clients on the spectrum, tasks that may seem simple to you or I can be challenging to the child.  During ABA therapy, we use something called task analysis to break down complex tasks into smaller, easier steps.  One of my favorite things to teach our clients to do is a “self-help” target.  These targets give our clients more independence, which both the parents and children love!  The task of
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What is Autism?

What is Autism? A recent study conducted by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) revealed that 1 in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism. We’ve all heard of autism, but what exactly is it? Autism is defined as a neurodevelopment disorder that impacts how an individual communicates and interacts with other people and the manner in which they perceive their surroundings. Parents will usually notice visible signs of the condition during the first two or three years of their child’s life. When a child is diagnosed with autism, choosing the ideal autism therapy and
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