10 05, 2024

Understanding Social Deficits in Autism

2024-05-10T09:24:22-07:00May 10, 2024|Education|0 Comments

Defining Social Deficits in Autism Social deficits are a core characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), affecting how individuals perceive and interact with others. These deficits can manifest in various ways, influencing communication, relationships, and daily interactions. Understanding these challenges is crucial for providing effective support and interventions to enhance social functioning and overall quality of life for individuals with autism. Detailed Exploration of Social Deficits in Autism Basic Communication [...]

10 05, 2024

Potty Training Tips for Children with Autism

2024-05-10T07:41:26-07:00May 10, 2024|Education|0 Comments

Understanding the Challenges and Goals Potty training can be a significant milestone for any child, but for children with autism, it presents unique challenges and opportunities. This comprehensive guide aims to provide practical strategies and insights to help parents and behavior therapists navigate the potty training journey effectively. Can a Child with Autism Be Potty Trained? The question of whether a child with autism can be potty trained is a [...]

26 03, 2024

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Autism

2024-03-26T13:19:06-07:00March 26, 2024|Education|0 Comments

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)? Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a crucial aspect of development that involves understanding and managing emotions, setting and achieving positive goals, feeling and showing empathy for others, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions. For individuals with autism, mastering these skills can be challenging due to the nature of their condition, which often affects communication, social interaction, and emotional regulation. This guide, crafted from [...]

26 03, 2024

Stimming in Autism

2024-03-26T09:09:14-07:00March 26, 2024|Education|0 Comments

What is Stimming? Stimming, or self-stimulatory behavior, is a concept that may be unfamiliar to many parents until they delve into the realm of autism. It refers to specific behaviors that are repetitive or unusual and are performed for self-stimulation. These behaviors can involve any of the senses, including movement (tactile), sound (auditory), visual, and more. Within the context of autism, stimming often serves as a mechanism for individuals to [...]

26 03, 2024

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Testing for Autism

2024-03-26T08:48:54-07:00March 26, 2024|Education|0 Comments

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is a standardized diagnostic tool widely used in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Developed to provide a highly reliable, accurate assessment of autism and related developmental disorders, ADOS plays a crucial role in the diagnostic process. This guide aims to demystify ADOS testing, outlining its purpose, benefits, administration process, and how results are interpreted, providing valuable insights for parents, educators, [...]

8 02, 2024

Understanding Autistic Inertia in Autism. A Guide For Parents.

2024-02-08T07:36:03-08:00February 8, 2024|Education|0 Comments

Autistic inertia, a term increasingly recognized within the autism community, refers to the challenges individuals on the autism spectrum may face in initiating or changing activities, tasks, or states of mind. This phenomenon can manifest as difficulty starting tasks, stopping an activity, or shifting from one task to another. This guide aims to elucidate the concept of autistic inertia, its origins, signs, and strategies for support, tailored for parents, educators, [...]

7 02, 2024

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in Autism Explained

2024-02-07T15:05:25-08:00February 7, 2024|Education|0 Comments

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a behavior profile within the autism spectrum that is characterized by an extreme avoidance of everyday demands and expectations. This guide delves into the nature of PDA, its history, causes, signs, and how it differs from other forms of autism, with insights into effective treatments and the professionals who play a crucial role in supporting individuals with PDA. What is Pathological Demand Avoidance? PDA is [...]

29 01, 2024

Splinter Skills in Children with Autism

2024-01-29T12:38:54-08:00January 29, 2024|Education|0 Comments

Introduction to Splinter Skills Splinter skills are a fascinating and unique aspect of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They refer to specific skills or talents that are significantly more advanced than the individual's overall developmental level. This blog, written from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) perspective, aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of splinter skills in children with autism, exploring their nature, causes, and implications for development and learning. What [...]

29 01, 2024

Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder in Children with Autism

2024-01-29T07:32:03-08:00January 29, 2024|Education|0 Comments

Introduction to Auditory Processing Disorder Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), sometimes known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder, is a complex condition that affects how the brain processes auditory information. This guide, crafted from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) perspective, aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of APD, especially as it relates to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). What is Auditory Processing Disorder? APD involves difficulties in processing and interpreting [...]

28 12, 2023

Emotional Dysregulation in Children with Autism

2023-12-28T10:16:06-08:00December 28, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Introduction to Emotional Dysregulation Emotional dysregulation is a common challenge faced by many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It refers to difficulties in managing and responding to emotional experiences in a socially appropriate manner. This blog, written from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) perspective, aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of emotional dysregulation in children with autism, its causes, symptoms, and effective management strategies. What is Emotional Dysregulation? [...]

28 12, 2023

Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SCD) FAQ & Treatments

2023-12-28T09:49:31-08:00December 28, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SPCD) is a relatively new diagnosis in the field of speech and language disorders. It specifically addresses challenges in social communication – the use of language in social contexts. This guide, crafted from a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) perspective, aims to demystify SPCD for parents, educators, and anyone interested in understanding this condition. What is Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder? SPCD is characterized by significant difficulties [...]

30 11, 2023

Understanding the SCERTS Model for Autism

2023-11-30T13:51:19-08:00November 30, 2023|Behavior Therapists, Education|0 Comments

The SCERTS Model, an innovative framework for addressing the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), stands out as a comprehensive approach that focuses on key developmental areas. This article aims to elucidate the SCERTS Model for both parents and behavior therapists, providing a clear understanding of its principles, implementation, and benefits. What is the SCERTS Model? SCERTS is an acronym that stands for Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and [...]

30 11, 2023

Floortime Play Therapy for Children With Autism

2023-11-30T13:38:28-08:00November 30, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Floortime Play Therapy is a unique and effective approach to supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This therapy focuses on meeting children at their developmental level and building upon their strengths and interests. It's a method that encourages interaction, communication, and emotional growth through play. Origins of Floortime Play Therapy Floortime Play Therapy, also known as the Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based (DIR) model, was developed in the late 20th century [...]

16 11, 2023

Best Autism-Friendly Vacation Ideas

2023-11-16T07:49:45-08:00November 16, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Introduction: Embracing Autism-Friendly Travel Traveling with children on the autism spectrum can present unique challenges, such as sensory overload and the need for routine. However, the growing awareness of these challenges has led to an increase in destinations and travel providers that cater specifically to families with autism. These autism-friendly vacations offer sensory-sensitive environments, accessible transportation, and inclusive activities, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable experience for everyone. Why Autism-Friendly Vacations [...]

16 11, 2023

Top Sports for Kids with Autism: Finding the Right Fit

2023-11-16T07:24:45-08:00November 16, 2023|Behavior Therapists, Education|0 Comments

Engaging in sports can be incredibly beneficial for children with autism, offering opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and skill development. However, choosing the right sport is key to ensuring a positive and enriching experience. This article explores the top sports suited for children with autism, categorized into team and non-team sports, and provides strategies to encourage participation. Benefits of Sports for Children with Autism Before diving into specific sports, [...]

19 10, 2023

Understanding Level 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

2024-03-26T13:20:26-07:00October 19, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a multifaceted condition, with each level presenting its own set of challenges and strengths. Level 2 Autism, often seen as the middle ground in the spectrum, requires a nuanced understanding. This article aims to shed light on Level 2 Autism, offering insights for parents and ABA therapists to better support children diagnosed with this condition. What is Level 2 Autism? Level 2 Autism, often situated [...]

19 10, 2023

Understanding Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

2023-10-19T14:58:06-07:00October 19, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition with a spectrum of symptoms and severities. One of the milder forms, yet equally significant, is Level 1 Autism. This article delves deep into Level 1 Autism, helping parents and ABA therapists navigate its intricacies and better support children diagnosed with this condition. What is Level 1 Autism? Level 1 Autism, often referred to as "high-functioning autism," is one of the [...]

19 10, 2023

Understanding PICA for Parents of Children with Autism

2023-10-19T12:34:43-07:00October 19, 2023|Education|0 Comments

For many parents, the term "PICA" might be unfamiliar, yet its implications can be significant, especially for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. This article aims to shed light on PICA, its causes, its relationship with autism, and how parents can address and manage this condition. What is PICA? PICA is a unique and complex eating disorder that goes beyond the occasional curiosity-driven consumption of non-food items by children. [...]

29 09, 2023

Halloween Safety Tips For Children With Autism

2023-09-29T09:17:55-07:00September 29, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Embracing the Spooky Season with Extra Care Halloween, with its eerie costumes, spooky decorations, and the thrill of trick-or-treating, is a time of excitement for many children. However, for kids on the Autism Spectrum, the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and social interactions can be overwhelming. The good news is, with a little preparation and some tailored safety measures, Halloween can be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. This article [...]

29 09, 2023

Pets and Animal-Assisted Therapy In Autism Spectrum Disorder

2023-09-29T08:54:43-07:00September 29, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Introduction: Bridging Silent Waters with Furry Companions Navigating the world of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can often feel like venturing into uncharted waters. Every child is unique, and finding the right support can make a world of difference. Among the various approaches to help children with autism thrive, Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) stands out as a comforting and engaging method. Animal-Assisted Therapy is not just about spending time with animals. It's [...]