3 01, 2023

Who Can Diagnose Autism In Children

2023-01-02T07:55:12-08:00January 3, 2023|Education|0 Comments

Thinking that your child may be different then the rest of the kids you know, and may have some special needs can be scary, stressful and difficult to handle. You’ve heard so much talk about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but you’re just not sure if this is in fact what the issue is. How do you find out, who do you turn to, how do you get the answers and [...]

2 01, 2023

Technology & Autism: Is It Helpful or Harmful To Children?

2023-01-02T07:42:36-08:00January 2, 2023|Education|0 Comments

In an initial investigation, Lahm (1996) examined software features used in commercially available programs for their effect on engagement, affect, and choice. Data from 48 alternating treatment design studies suggest that children with disabilities, including autism, prefer programs with higher interaction requirements, animation, sound, and voice features. They show more positive affect and engage more frequently with computer programs that use preferred features and actively choose between programs based on [...]

5 12, 2022

What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in Children?

2022-12-01T07:20:36-08:00December 5, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Children who display recurring patterns of anger, defiance and uncooperative behavior toward authority are sometimes classified as having Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ODD. While several factors can contribute to ODD, for most children, the condition is treatable with psychotherapy, parental management training, and consistency. Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder Clinicians often group the signs of oppositional defiant disorder into three categories anger with irritability, defiant behavior, or vindictiveness. These are patterns [...]

3 12, 2022

Disciplining Strategies for a Child with Autism

2022-12-01T07:17:20-08:00December 3, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Discipline is a natural part of raising most children. It helps them understand healthy boundaries, encourages communication, and reels them in toward behaviors that lead toward more healthy habits in adult life. Though disciplining a child with autism can be challenging territory. Your child might not understand how or why their behavior was wrong, and they might not fully grasp the consequences in a way that leads toward positive improved [...]

2 12, 2022

Cooking With Your Child With Autism

2022-12-01T07:12:07-08:00December 2, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Cooking is a great way to connect, bond, interact, connect, and teach important life skills to any child. Though it can be especially beneficial to cook with a child with autism. In general, cooking encourages children to try new things, as they’ve invested in the process and want to experience something they created. It can even help your child to want to expand their cooking skills and take more personal [...]

1 12, 2022

“What” Questions for Speech Therapy

2022-12-01T07:07:20-08:00December 1, 2022|Behavior Therapists, Education|0 Comments

Speech & Language Pathologists (SLP) play a critical role in assessing and treating individuals with speech, language, voice, and verbal fluency disorders. This includes a lot of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other conditions that cause speech and verbal processing problems. Their diagnostic and treatment process employs a wide range of different skills. This includes things like helping patients to understand and answer “Wh” questions such as Why, [...]

1 12, 2022

Sensory Chew Toys For Autistic Children

2022-12-01T06:58:52-08:00December 1, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Oral stimulation is often an outlet for young children and children with autism. Though not everything is safe to be put into the mouth. If your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or your child is young and being evaluated for ASD, providing them with the right sensory chew toys lends toward safety as well as the oral stimulation that they need. Why Some Children With ASD Benefit from Chew [...]

30 11, 2022

What is Echolalia; Repeating Words in Autism Spectrum Disorders

2022-11-30T15:20:57-08:00November 30, 2022|Behavior Therapists, Education|0 Comments

Echolalia is a condition where the patient exhibits echoes and repeats sounds, phrases, or sentences. This is a condition that often manifests in children with an autism spectrum disorder. It might come in the form of common phrases used by family members, or even television shows. Though they become increasingly repetitive over time. It's also worth noting that there are different forms of echolalia. How and when they occur can [...]

22 09, 2022

How ABA Therapy Improves Social Skills In Your Autistic Child

2022-09-22T07:31:23-07:00September 22, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Throughout the mental healthcare industry Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is seen as the gold standard for helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder to meet their best possible outcomes. ABA therapy’s data-driven approach and deep roots in tested behavioral psychology help children of all ages to meet ever-increasing milestones. One aspect that ABA therapy excels at is helping children with ASK to improve their social skills. This serves as a [...]

22 09, 2022

What Is Atypical Autism?

2022-09-22T06:46:03-07:00September 22, 2022|Education|0 Comments

The DSM-5, which is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the diagnosis and treatment plan development for many developmental and mental health disorders, notes that there are several subtypes of autism spectrum disorder. Each manifests symptoms of differing severity and might require a specialized diagnostic process for a customized treatment plan. Atypical autism, which is often classified as “Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified” (PDD-NOS), was originally [...]

22 09, 2022

What Is Pervasive Developmental Disorder – PDD?

2022-09-22T07:24:46-07:00September 22, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PPD) and “Not Otherwise Specified” (PDD-NOS) are just two of several previously separate subtypes of autism that have now been officially included in the single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is a pronounced change since the 2013 updated publication of DSM-5. Though PPD and PPD-NOS have their own distinct symptoms and therapeutic approaches that separate them from many other subtypes of autism spectrum disorder. PDD [...]

22 09, 2022

Three Levels of Autism Explained

2022-09-22T06:42:38-07:00September 22, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Since the updated publishing of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013 autism spectrum disorder has been more accurately classified. Today there are recognized levels of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Then each individual with ASD can then be further diagnosed as having either ASD level 1, level 2, or level 3. These distinctions are based on how severe their symptoms are, as well as how much [...]

22 09, 2022

Types of Autism Experts & Which Ones Can Best Help Your Child

2022-09-22T06:29:09-07:00September 22, 2022|Behavior Therapists, Education|0 Comments

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological condition that is often diagnosed in early childhood. There are three distinct degrees, but even the seemingly mildest of ASD symptoms still require professional intervention. This includes critical skill development in many aspects of daily life. At the same time, every person with ASD is unique with varying symptoms and severity of challenges. The complexity and varying severity of symptoms typically means [...]

27 08, 2022
  • tantrum

How To Deal With Tantrums In Children With Autism

2022-08-26T08:04:43-07:00August 27, 2022|Education|0 Comments

Almost all parents have to deal with their child having a few temper tantrums, wobblers, or total meltdowns. While it’s a natural part of childhood and parenthood, these stressful occasions are even more likely to be an issue for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The intensity of a tantrum and how often they occur can vary from one child to the next. Some children might only have a temper tantrum [...]

26 08, 2022
  • Behavior Chaining

Forward Chaining vs Backward Chaining. What is It & Which is Best?

2022-08-26T07:56:27-07:00August 26, 2022|Behavior Therapists, Education|0 Comments

Autism spectrum disorder is usually diagnosed in a child around 2 years old. This is an important point in brain development when the first signs of ASD start to manifest. Many parents notice that their child stops learning new skills, words, or behaviors. Oftentimes the child struggles to maintain the skills they have learned and might even start to show signs of regression. Many times these issues will also be [...]

26 08, 2022

What Is Extinction In ABA Therapy

2022-08-26T07:51:30-07:00August 26, 2022|Education|0 Comments

In the realm of applied behavioral analysis therapy, the term “Extinction” is often used to describe the final cessation of maladaptive behavior. This often requires reinforcement from parents, teachers, and therapists. Extinction often occurs in combination with a variety of positive reinforcement techniques. Understanding these techniques and how they are applied in the ABA therapy process will help your loved one with ASD to achieve the best possible outcomes. How [...]

21 07, 2022
  • Prompting

What Is Prompting Hierarchy in ABA Therapy?

2022-07-20T11:17:24-07:00July 21, 2022|Education|0 Comments

ABA therapy uses a science-based, data-driven approach to help children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder to reach the highest possible positive outcomes. ABA therapy is designed to teach new skills using behavior chaining prompts that help the patient understand what they need to do next. There are several steps to this prompting hierarchy. Each is customized by the ABA therapist to the individual’s ASD symptoms and severity. Many [...]

20 07, 2022
  • Treatment Plan

How Long Should a Child Attend ABA Therapy?

2022-07-20T11:00:42-07:00July 20, 2022|Education|0 Comments

If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their physician or therapist will likely recommend an evidence-based behavior treatment method. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is considered by the vast majority of the healthcare and mental health industry to be the gold standard for the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Your child’s ABA therapist will use a science-based, data-driven approach to develop a multi-tiered treatment plan [...]

20 07, 2022
  • What Is Priming in ABA Therapy

What Is Priming in ABA Therapy?

2022-07-20T10:56:18-07:00July 20, 2022|Education|0 Comments

ABA therapy uses a wide range of science-based, data-driven approaches to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to reach increasingly higher positive outcomes. Priming is one of the more effective ABA techniques for helping individuals with ASD to live their best possible lives. It uses a cognitive therapy process where one idea, event, person, or object is linked to another. It works especially well for individuals with autism spectrum [...]

19 07, 2022
  • Can ABA Therapy Cure Autism

Can ABA Therapy Cure Autism?

2022-07-19T14:02:57-07:00July 19, 2022|Behavior Therapists, Education|0 Comments

Despite all our medical advances, there still is no foreseeable cure for autism. Yet experts in the field have found impressive ways to help manage autism symptoms, as well as help individuals with autism spectrum disorder develop independence skills that significantly improve their overall quality of life. This is typically done through ABA therapy, which is seen as the gold standard for treating autism spectrum disorder. Its methodology tends to [...]