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Parent Tips To Determining Why Behavior Problems Happen

One of the most helpful things to keep in mind in having young children is the realization that each and every behavior has a purpose—an underlying reason for why it occurs. Once the function or purpose of a behavior is identified, it is then possible to teach something different directly targeting the underlying reason for […]






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Why do you teach action labels to individuals with autism?

Because this program teaches the individual to engage in and identify common everyday actions/activities and can be used to facilitate the individual’s ‘commenting’ on other’s activities. It may be helpful to take pictures of the individual and family members or other important people in their life engaging in discrete actions and use these pictures to […]






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How to teach your child to tolerate waiting when they ask for something appropriately.

Our past three posts have dealt with understanding why children engage in challenging behaviors, learning how to react to these challenging behaviors, and teaching your child alternative ways of getting the same thing that she/he wants when engaging in the challenging behavior.  If all of these steps are followed, most parents will now have the […]






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What should you do IN RESPONSE to your child engaging in challenging behavior?

Remember those four reasons why people may engage in challenging behaviors discussed in the previous post?  People may want attention from other people, may want something, may want to get out of something, or may enjoy how the behavior feels.  If you haven’t already read it, we suggest reading the prior post so the information […]






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What approach should caregivers take with challenging behaviors?

Managing challenging behaviors can be quite stressful.  Most of the time, parents just do what they can to get through the situation with as little fuss and fighting as possible.  Unfortunately, this often times involves strategies that may be counterproductive, increasing the chance of these behaviors occurring in the future.  If the goal is to […]






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Increasing Language For Children With Autism.

Impairment in communication is one of the main diagnostic criteria for a child with autism, specifically a delay in or total lack of spoken language.  Behavior analysts break down “language” into many reasons a child would communicate.  Based on these reasons, they identify where there are deficits and how they can increase these deficit areas.  […]






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Making Bedtime And Sleep An Easier Routine For Children With Autism and PDD.

Bedtime can be one of those nightly events which many parents love or hate, or both!  It means that peace and quiet is soon ahead, but it also can mean that a huge struggle is about to ensue.  Many children with autism have difficulties either transitioning to bed, falling asleep, or even staying asleep all […]






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Addressing Eating Issues With Children With Autism.

Do you have troubles getting your child to eat meals, let alone healthy meals?  Many children with autism have difficulties with eating, either because of texture sensitivities, taste aversions, food allergies causing their diets to be very limited, or even just a lack of interest because they would rather be playing or doing something else.  […]






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What Constitutes Effective Intervention For Individuals With Autism, The National Research Council’s Report On Effective Treatments For Autism Still Stands True.

In 2001, National Research Council published findings effective treatments on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism from birth to age 8. The committee set out with the question “What are the characteristics of effective interventions in educational programs for young children with autism spectrum disorders?” The findings were published in a comprehensive book titled, “Educating […]






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Advice For Families Regarding Transition Plans From Regional Centers To Medical Insurance Providers.

Remember that as a result of SB 946, individuals with Pervasive Developmental Disorders or Autism are entitled to use their medical insurance to obtain services. Specifically, as of July 1, 2012 and until July 1, 2014 individuals in the state of California can now use their medical insurance to obtain services. Also remember that it […]






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