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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How to use alternative behaviors to inappropriate, challenging behaviors.

We recently reviewed four reasons why children may engage in challenging behaviors, and strategies that parents may utilize if put in a situation in which your child begins to engage in challenging behaviors.  We will now provide guidance on how to avoid challenging behaviors in the first place, or rather, teach alternative behaviors that still […]

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Why Is Following Through Important When Giving Instructions?

One of the biggest concerns that parents with children with autism have is that they don’t listen.  Continually telling your child to do something and having them not respond can be very frustrating and stressful.  Besides making instructions very clear and giving instructions only when the child is paying attention, the biggest most important thing […]

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Using Language In A Clear Way For Children With Autism.

If you’ve ever heard behavioral therapists talking with children with autism, you may have noticed that they speak with very clear and minimalistic language.  Some people may even think it’s too robotic.  So, why do they do it? A language impairment is one of the main criteria to receive a diagnosis of autism.  Many children […]

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Using Assignment Notebooks To Help Individuals With Autism In Classrooms And Other Settings.

An effective organizational strategy for older students, higher functioning students, or students with Asperger Syndrome is an assignment notebook. All academic tasks and their due dates are listed in the notebook and the student will take it to school and home every school day. The most effective support would include a sample of what each […]

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Using Graphic Organizers To Help Individuals With Autism In Classrooms And Other Settings.

A Graphic organizer is a visual support that provides visual representation of facts and concepts within the organized framework. Graphic organizers arrange key terms to show their relationship to one another, providing abstract or implicit information in a concrete, visual manner. They are particularly useful with content area material that occurs in K-12 curriculum. Graphic […]

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Using Social Stories To Help Individuals With Autism In Classrooms And Other Settings.

Using Social Stories is a strategy that is likely not new to teachers. However, not all teachers know that they can be used to work with and teach individuals with autism specific skills surrounding social and behavioral needs. Social stories interventions enhance social skill acquisition for many students with autism. What are social stories and […]

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Using Time Warnings To Help Students With Autism.

Giving students warnings about time remaining in an activity can provide a helpful frame of reference. Time limit warnings should be paired with an auditory or visual cue, such as a bell or card. Towards the end of the work activity, the teacher should verbalize, ‘five minutes left’—‘two minutes left’. For students requiring additional support, […]

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